// SERVICE Lions Kick Off a Legendary Performance The Bolton Lions in Massachusetts were searching for ways to raise money to support numerous causes. Then just like magic, an idea was born. In October, they hosted the first of their Legends of Music Concert Series featuring Peter Yarrow of the famed 1960s folk music trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Yarrow, who is cred-ited for co-writing the hit “Puff, the Magic Dragon” in the 1960s, performed for an excited crowd of 200-plus, and Lions took in more than $10,000. “The concert was nothing short of amazing,” says Lion Terry Tvrdik, who leads the project. “People had the times of their lives.” Tvrdik says the intent of the music series is to raise money for the many causes that Bolton Lions support, but also to give back to the community and raise awareness of the local and international work performed by Lions. The club plans for this to be the first in a series that will continue next spring when members hope to have located a corporate partner willing to serve as a co-sponsor. In addition to Yarrow’s performance and the excitement for many who got to meet the musician, Lions auctioned off the guitar from Zager Guitar in Nebraska that Yarrow used to play his hit, “Puff, the Magic Dragon.” It brought in $2,750. Lions contributed in various ways to get the event organized and promoted, says Tvrdik, and now that one concert is under their belt they look forward to more next year. He originally came up with the idea when he was home with his dogs and listening to music. When Bob Dylan’s iconic “Don’t Think Twice,” sung by Peter, Paul & Mary came on, Tvrdik says he thought, “That’s it! I know what I have to do.” And so, with the help of fellow Lions, he did it. Folk singer Peter Yarrow performs with some of his fans at the Bolton Lions’ Legends of Music Concert Series. Recycling, Creativity and Service Come Together In Sonora, California, a wooden snowman on the lawn says much more than “Happy Holidays.” The snowmen, like the wooden pumpkins that decorated homes at Halloween, are a sign of support for the Sonora Lions’ Tree Mortality Aid Program (TMAP). Through TMAP, Lions are using the wood of beetle-killed trees to create decorative lawn ornaments that they sell to raise money. That money helps low-income and elderly with the cost of removing other beetle-killed trees on their property. Faced with that problem, Past District Governor and Sonora Lion Tom Penhallegon came up with the idea to organize the TMAP. With the support of other Sonora agencies, more than 100 people have been identified as in need of as-sistance, and more than 150 trees on private property have been cleared, says Penhallegon. “The fire hazard has become so apparent this year. The average cost to remove trees around a residence is $1,000 per tree, and many of these homes have between four and 14 trees that need to be removed to bring them into compliance with the state,” he says. Lions get the 3-inch-thick rounds of wood, and with some dowel rods, buttons, paint, a hand-me-down scarf and a little artistic talent, they take a bad situation and turn it into a fundraiser and smile inducer. The festive pieces have been popular, and the program has raised $27,000, he says. The Lions and other civic organizations want to increase that to $1 million. Sonora lies in the middle of the Central Sierra where state officials estimate about 66 million trees have died from the lethal combination of drought and beetle infestation. While most of these trees are on land owned by the federal government, not all are. For homeown-Sonora president Wendy Dart in California ers, taking down one dead tree can be touches up snowmen made from trees killed by bark beetle infestation. difficult and expensive. Many people Photo by Maggie Beck, The Union Democrat. have more than one. Removal of the dead trees is essential, Lion and retired For-est Service employee Glenn Gottschall explained to his club last year. Dead trees near the home present a falling hazard and a fire hazard. But many people cannot afford to have the work done or cannot do it themselves. 14 LION // LIONMAGAZINE.ORG TMAP has also received grants from state, corporate and local entities totaling more than $100,000. The rest is being raised by projects from Lions, Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, and local donors, and Lions expect the project to be ongoing for at least two more years.