The Lisbon Lions Club in New York recruited the help of the community and sent $2,000 to a Lions club in Texas to help with hurricane relief. After an unusually dry summer in 2016, it became apparent to the Amherstview Lions in Ontario, Canada, that collecting rainwater for watering lawns and gardens is an excellent way to conserve resources. With this in mind, the Lions sold and delivered more than 180 rain barrels and accessories, making a profit of $2,200. Members of the 24th Connecticut Militia re-enactors instruct Cub Scouts at Bullock Farm where the Bear Creek-Buck Township Lions of Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Bear Creek Township supervisors, dedicated a monument to commemorate General John Sullivan’s march through the area in 1779. The 24th Connecticut Militia was the local militia during the Revolutionary War because this area was part of Connecticut at the time. The Winchester Centennial Lions Club celebrated its charter night in New Hampshire. More than 75 Lions gathered for dinner and welcomed the new club, which has 20 members. This is the first new Lions club that has been chartered in District 44 N in more than seven years. Montreal Central Lions in Quebec, Canada, presented chocolate bunnies to children spending Easter in the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Ponchatoula Lions in Louisiana collected donations and sent a 53-footlong 18-wheeler full of goods to victims of a fire that raged through Tennessee, destroying homes and killing 14 people. The Lions remain thankful for all the help and generosity bestowed on them when floods ravaged southern Louisiana, and they saw this as an opportunity to give back. Thanks to a successful 88th Annual Lions Carnival and Parade, the Grand Junction Lions in Colorado granted $150,000 to 18 organizations this year, helping Lions live out their club motto: “Do the most good, for the most people.” Olde Town Medical and Dental Center in Virginia was able to expand operations to include a fully equipped eye clinic thanks to the James City Lions, who purchased the equipment. Volunteer optometrists will help staff the clinic, and Lions will provide administrative assistance. Chris Lehn of the Cold Spring Lions Club in Minnesota, was presented with the Diabetes Association’s Dream Catcher’s Award at a club meeting. He has been involved in many Cold Spring Lion projects. Stafford Township Lions Tom Struble and Dave Skrivanek in New Jersey received Knights of Sight recognition for their commitment to the children’s vision screening project. The Lions have tested numerous children in Stafford Township. About 10 percent have been referred to doctors for a follow-up appointment. Several members of the Licking Valley Lions Club in Ohio, along with 50 Leos, visited the Pilot Dogs, Inc. facility where they witnessed the training of service dogs and participated by walking a dog while blindfolded. The Bryan Evening Lions in Texas have celebrated their 61st anniversary, paying particular honor to Lions Art Herwald and Wilburn Coe for each having given at least 60 years of service to the club. Country Club Lion Harvey Bandy (in the passenger’s seat) gets the first ride with driver Rich Silva and (back) Wendel Waltz and Max Weir in the 1920s Model T Ford Touring Car built by Lions and the Sacramento Valley Model T Ford Club in California. The car will be sold or raffled to generate money for the Northern California Lions Sight Association. The Caldwell Lions in Idaho adopted a city park and began updating and renovating it. High school bands, Lion district leaders, Caldwell City leaders and friends turned out to celebrate the renaming of the park to “Caldwell Lions Park.” The club also established a Legacy Fund, setting aside monies from the annual budget to go toward park improvements, and they took advantage of a District 39 W grant that provides up to 10 free trees to individual clubs. Barbara Daniel, president of the Calimesa Breakfast Lions in California, took her copy of the LION along on her Alaskan cruise. She met and swapped ideas with Steven Corporon, president of the Ketchikan Lions in Alaska. The Oceanside Sea Lions in California offered complimentary eye screenings at the Senior Expo. A nurse was on hand to check blood pressures, and other Lions answered questions. They also sponsored a Bowl for the Blind with proceeds going to the Vista Blind Center. Two Tucson Downtown Lions in Arizona celebrate a Lion centennial of their own. Brothers Lloyd Sell and Bob Sell celebrate a combined total of 100 years as Lions. Lloyd, 87, is a lifetime member of the Olympia Host Lions Club in Washington and an active associate member with the Tucson Downtown Lions during winter. Bob, 85, was a Gresham Lion in Oregon before transferring to Tucson. Known and appreciated for their joke telling and fundraising skills, both are Melvin Jones Fellows. In Missouri, Lions of District 26 M3 graduated from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s TEEN CERT program to enhance their capabilities as part of the Lions ALERT program. The TEEN CERT program teaches students about the effects of natural and man-made disasters and their emotional, social and economic impacts. Amherstview Lions in Ontario, Canada, paid tribute to Patrick Pidgeon, a firefighter who died in a fire. A Lions bench with a tree and a plaque in Loyalist Park honor Pidgeon’s memory and his love of plants. The 2017 Wheeling Lions Club Golf Scramble in West Virginia brought in more than $7,500 to exceed more than $100,000 in 19 years of Lions’ tournaments for Lions Charities. The goal was to exceed the $100,000 mark in 20 years of golf, and the Wheeling Lions beat their lofty goal by coming in one year early. Leader Dogs for the Blind in Michigan are proud to have a young Lion, Violeta Salais of the University of Texas El Paso Lions Club, doing an externship with their veterinary department. The Rocky Point Lions in New York held their 50th annual Pancake Breakfast and Halloween Costume Contest. October 16 was Thomas Fisher Day in Massachusetts, honoring Fisher’s 43 years of community service to Randolph. An active member of the Randolph Lions Club, Fisher also has served on the Board of Health and the Planning Board as well as being a member of the Town Meeting. The Sundridge Lions Club of Ontario, Canada, had a Halloween haunted house that was visited by about 300 brave children and adults. Colfax Lion Dr. Gilbert Jones in Louisiana was honored with a Melvin Jones Fellowship at the 60th anniversary celebration of the Louisiana Lions Camp. Tri-County Eye Physicians in Pennsylvania sold specially designed glasses for viewing the eclipse, and proceeds from the sale were donated to the Southampton-Warminster Lions for use in their sight projects. They also support the Lions’ July 4th 5K Trail Run for Sight and the October Gift of Sight Golf Classic. For more than 50 years the Gresham Lions Club in Wisconsin has hosted a Halloween party for children. Costume parades and judging are followed by prizes and candy. The Clinton Lions and Cayuga Lions in Indiana partnered this year, providing vision screenings at 13 schools in a four-county area. They screened 2,308 students this year and 18,505 students since the program began in 2007. The Gold Hill Lions in North Carolina joined with the Norfolk Southern Railroad to host a coat drive for homeless and needy veterans. They collected 275 coats plus an assortment of other clothing items. The North Wilkesboro Lions, Cleveland Lions, Salisbury Lions, Troutman Lions and Kernersville Lions pitched in.
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