<b>ACTIVITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS</b> The Brookville-Timberlake Lions Clubs in Lynchburg, Virginia, provide a Christmas party for kids who might not otherwise have a happy holiday. The Davis Ballowe Underprivileged Children’s Christmas Party is named after a charter member of the club. The Knowlton Lions Club in Quebec, Canada, collected $25,000 from more than 500 donors. The funds will be used for community project, such as the club’s annual Christmas Basket distribution. In 2009, 65 baskets were delivered and 91 poinsettias were given out to the elderly. San Juan, Texas, Lions responded to a challenge issued by Lion Sue Sexton to raise money for Haiti relief by collecting $1,014 to be sent to LCIF at the club’s next meeting. The Jennings Lions Club in Louisiana raised more than $13,000 for the Louisiana Lions Camp, the Louisiana Eye Foundation, local scholarships and many other civic and children’s functions during a two-day auction. The Easton Lions Club in Pennsylvania held its 30th annual wrestling classic this year. The Easton Lions have contributed about $200,000 to the community since the beginning of the wrestling classic and annual attendance ranges from 800 to 1,000 fans. Lions District 25A took 36 volunteers from the Midwest on its 10th annual eyeglass mission to Mexico. The volunteers partner with local Lions, student nurses and optometrists to fit as many people with eyeglasses as possible. The Boston Host Lions Club sold chocolate bunnies in the lobby of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. They call the fundraiser Bunnies for Babies and the proceeds benefit the pediatric ward of the hospital. The Coon Rapids Lions Club in Minnesota visited 11 elementary schools and provided at least one new book to each student. This program supports literacy, which is the cornerstone to success in school. Lions District 39W conducted an Opening Eyes clinic in Cascade, Idaho. The 26 volunteers provided more than 100 volunteer hours to screen 98 Special Olympics athletes. Several eye doctors and medical personnel assisted. In all, 50 athletes received prescription glasses and 35 received sunglasses. The Clarenville Lions Club in Newfoundland, Canada, presented a plaque of appreciation to the Carenville Area Co-operative Society. The two organizations operate a 50-50 lottery program that has raised about $258,000 for 106 individual charities since April of 2007. The village of South Elgin, Illinois, declared March 3, 2010, Lions Club Day in honor of the South Elgin Lions Club. The group participates in 25 local events each year including distributing 225 Christmas baskets in 2009 and selling rain barrels to the public. Lion Richard Hobart of the Redondo Beach Lions Club in California has collected 16,000 pairs of eyeglasses to date. The glasses are processed at a center in Vallejo, California, and distributed worldwide. The Durand Lions Club in Illinois planted several trees, including a ginkgo, in honor of then-International President Eberhard J. Wirfs. Members of the club also paid for and built a shelter house in Saelens Park as well as financed a second shelter project. The Spokane Central Lions Club in Washington honored local members of the high school debate team as they have for more than 15 years. This year, 35 students from seven schools showed their talents, received awards and received lunch. The Brandon-Forrestdale, Middlebury and Vergennes Lions Clubs in Vermont teamed up to organize a Food from the Heart food drive on Valentine’s Day. About 7,000 pounds of food and nearly $2,000 was collected in 2009. In 2010, more than 25,000 pounds and $10,000 was collected. The Largo Lions Club of Florida and Tosayamada Lions of Japan celebrated 40 years of twinning. This year, 12 high school students, an assistant principal, an English teacher and six dignitaries from Japan traveled to Largo and were hosted by local families. The visitors attended high school classes, watched demonstrations by the fire and police departments, visited a museum, sunbathed and went to Walt Disney World. Four Lions clubs in Georgia hosted a barbecue for about 300 people during the sixth-annual Alstrom Syndrome International Family and Medical Conference. The Cleveland, Union County, Snellville and Towns County Lions Clubs served attendees from 40 states and 20 countries. Lions from District 20N and Lions Clubs International Foundation presented a check for $156,000 to the University of Buffalo and the Ira Ross Eye Institute at the Lions State Convention in Buffalo, New York. The money will fund equipment and technology improvements for the institute. The Bellbrook Lions Club in Ohio teamed up with Goodwill stores to collected used eyeglasses. Lion Jerry Wannemacher made the 24 collection boxes and picked up all the glasses every seven to eight weeks. Since March of 2008, this effort collected almost 10,000 pairs of glasses and other clubs have become involved as well. The Nestucca Valley Lions Club in Oregon collected 514 pounds of food and $300 in donations this March. The event will now be an annual event in Tillamook County. The Chester Lions Club in New Jersey donated $3,380 to the Chester Township Police Department to upgrade its communication system. The money will pay for a digital radio. In the past, the club has donated funds towards bulletproof vests, computer upgrades and a new vehicle. The Knowlton Lions Club in Quebec, Canada, held a car wash this spring. The club washed more than 125 vehicles and raised $650. Lions in District 22C celebrated Arbor Day by planting a ginkgo tree at Lions Camp Merrick in southern Maryland. Located on the Potomac River, the camp serves blind, deaf and diabetic children from throughout the Washington, D.C, and Maryland area.
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