The Penn Yan Lions of New York built a special needs playground as their Legacy project. Seventy Lions and community volunteers built the playground in two days, amassing more than 980 man hours. The Sarasota Lions in Florida held eye screenings as part of kids’ back-to-school physical exams. They also took part in Day4Hope to prepare children from low-income families with the things they needed to go back to school including free haircuts, food, books and a family photo. Six Carroll County Lions clubs—Deer Park, Freedom District, Greater Carroll, Roaring Run, South Carroll and Taylorsville/Winfield in Maryland, hosted the 16th annual Lions Club Spring Golf Tournament in honor of International Director Richard Liebno. All of the money went to the American Diabetes Association and the Lions Vision Research Foundation, Inc. The Knowlton Lions Club of Quebec, Canada, awarded bursaries to two graduates of the Brome-Missisquoi Campus Continuing Education program. The Lions also raised more than $10,000 through their community garage sale. The Wild Rose Lions in Wisconsin granted a 99-year lease for land with Main Street frontage to the Wild Rose American Legion for the veterans’ memorial they are constructing. They also shared the proceeds of their annual Brat Fry with the Legion. Six clubs from Lions District 5M 11 in Minnesota— Grunthal, Lac Du Bonnet, West St. Paul, Winnipeg Riverside, Winnipeg West and Winnipeg South Lions clubs, joined to kick off their centennial celebration by co-hosting the 2017 Manitoba Walk for Dog Guides in Winnipeg, Canada. The Hayward Lions in Wisconsin served breakfast to more than 250 people on the Friday prior to Memorial Day, continuing a tradition that’s more than 20 years old. Each month Roanoke Valley Breakfast Lions in Virginia visit second-graders at an elementary school to encourage their success and let them know how important they are. Lions take gifts and treats to their lunch buddies and report that the children have given them much more in return. Dallas Park Cities Lions Club in Texas was joined by the youth Infinity Club of Dallas for Youth Day, a time to do work in the community. They repaired roads, cut brush and cleaned out drainage ditches before the rain came. The Southbridge Lions in Massachusetts installed their new board of directors and officers. They gave special recognition to Leonard DiGregorio and Michael Morrill for more than 60 years of Lion service. In California, the Winters Lions donated $2,500 to help defray the cost of a new playground facility to be made of redwood and to represent a castle. The Jackson Lions Club in California awarded $16,500 in scholarships to 2017 graduates of Argonaut High School and Amador High School. The Stirling and District Lions Club in Ontario, Canada, held a rain barrel fundraiser. The club sold 199 rain barrels and numerous rain barrel accessories for a profit of $2,300. The event was spurred by a severe drought that the village of Stirling experienced in 2016. The Riverview Lions in New Brunswick, Canada, are great at flipping pancakes. Their pancake breakfasts have benefited the Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, as well as a young girl battling brain cancer. When Lion Dick Martini moved across the country to be near his family, the Amherst Lions in New Hampshire and the Beaverton Lions in Oregon connected. Martini had already received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, but his old and new clubs didn’t want his 40-plus years of service to go unnoticed. Martini was invited to attend a regular dinner meeting at his new club in Oregon where they surprised the newcomer with his Lion life membership certificate and pin. The Nashville Lions of Michigan served a pancake breakfast to more than 450 people at the Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival in the spring. A joint project with the Vermontville American Legion, the fundraiser raised more than $3,400 for the organizations. In Arizona, the Midweek Bell Lions completed their Centennial Legacy project with the donation of two benches to the Duffeeland Dog Park, the first dog park in Sun City. The Quincy Lions Club in Massachusetts hosted an Evening for Sight, raising $25,000 to help meet needs in Quincy, especially the KidSight and high school scholarship programs. In celebration of the Loyalist Township Lions Club and the 100th anniversary of Lions, a horticulturalist designed a special flower arrangement in Islandview Park. In addition to Lion charities, the Amherstview Lions in Canada contribute to many community youth and family projects and host a pancake breakfast in Bath every month. The Prescott Noon Lions in Arizona collected more than $21,000 for LCIF Disaster Relief. The collections for Hurricane Harvey victims took place at local grocery stores over two days. The Port Coquitlam Lions in Canada had two centennial projects. Assisted by the Terry Fox Leos, they planted 100 trees in Lions Park downtown, and they refinished the Lions’ memorial bench. In Puerto Rico, the Isabela Lions sponsored a vision service activity that benefited the residents of a nursing home in the city. Seniors waiting to be seen by the optometrists received cookies and soda served by the Lions. Islip Lions in New York planted three cherry trees near Brookwood Hall as their Legacy project, and guests laid a plaque at the site to commemorate the club’s decades of service to Islip residents. Members of the Bowness Lions in Canada created a quilted wall hanging in blue and yellow, paying tribute to Lions and serving as a fundraiser for the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. Club names from southern Alberta are embroidered around the borders, and individual squares highlight the global service areas of youth, diabetes awareness, disaster relief, hearing and vision. The Stanford Lions in Kentucky dedicated a granite park bench with dogwood trees at each end of First Southern Veterans Park as their Legacy project. Markers in front of the trees honor the memory of deceased Lions Bill Fox and Lorraine Fox, who were instrumental in keeping the Stanford Lions Club active and strong for many years. For 50 years, the Nocona Lions in Texas have thrilled residents with a dazzling fireworks display on the Fourth of July. This year was no different with 34 minutes of pop, sizzle and bang. Seventy artists from across the Midwest gathered for the Glen Ellyn Lions' 48th annual Festival of the Arts in Illinois. The club’s largest event of the year includes a variety of art, raffles, refreshments and live music for two days. Patrons also have the opportunity to participate in a free hearing screen provided by the Lions of Illinois Foundation onboard a hearing screening vehicle. Carmel Lions in Indiana distributed 1,272 dictionaries to third-graders in the fall. The Kiel Lions in Wisconsin and the Kiel Optimist Club jointly host the Kiel Community Picnic each year. This year the Lions proudly hung their centennial banner over their food stand. The Mount Orab Lions in Ohio teamed up with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to anchor and refurbish the handicapped-accessible fishing dock on Lake Grant. During several harsh winters the ice pushed the dock away from its moorings, making it impossible for disabled fishermen to get to it. Lions saw the need to fix it and contacted the state department. In Minnesota, the New Hope Lions made a $48,000 donation to the city of New Hope to fund and build a digital message board located at the city’s golf course. It’s located on a busy road and advertises city and Lion events. The Financial District Lions Club in New York brought classical music to Wagner Park in downtown Manhattan to send a message of peace and unity to communities worldwide. A tribute to the first responders who worked at ground zero on 9/11, it was designed to bring cultures together through live music.
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