No need to make dinner in Enid, Oklahoma. The Lions have you covered. The North Enid Lions are making and selling enchiladas to replace their ham and beans community fundraiser. Lions take orders beforehand and sell the homemade enchiladas in bags of six. In the first session they prepared more than 1,000 enchiladas. Multiple sessions—each with an increasing number of orders—have followed. A package of six ground beef with cheese or chicken with cheese sells for US$10. The Twin Cities Lions of Shickshinny/ Mocanaqua, Pennsylvania, honored their last living charter member, John Matusek Sr., for his 70 years of service to the club. The Penn Valley Hi-Graders Lions and Higgins Diggins Lions in California worked with the Nevada County 4-H to collect See’s candy for troops at Beale Air Force Base in California. They distributed the candy to the airmen who were on duty over the Christmas holiday. Southern Regional Middle School Leo Club in New Jersey is proud to have new members. More than 80 students have joined the club since 2012, and they recently honored Leo Keeley Malik, whose peace poster won third place in the New Jersey Lions District L contest. The Boise Bench Lions in Idaho hosted their annual “Support Our Service People” Walk, a tribute to all military deployed over the holidays. In Texas, the Linden Lions Club hosted a pumpkin decorating contest, charging a US$5 entry fee. Decorated pumpkins were on display and individuals purchased US$1 tickets to vote for a winner. Lions raised US$334 to send a child to the Texas Lions Camp. In Florida, spectators lined the streets for the 57th annual Christmas parade sponsored by the Mount Dora Lions, with Lion Terry Askins once again serving as parade chairman. Leos from Mount Dora High School followed along the parade route and collected two tons of food items for the Lake Cares Food Pantry. The Lions Club of Leduc in Alberta, Canada, donated US$200,000 to the Black Gold Hospital Foundation for the purchase of a CT scanner. They also finished the Leduc Lions Park, a 64-acre wilderness park in the middle of Leduc, completing the pathway system that provides walking access to all parts of the city. Plant City Lions in Florida and Strawberry Crest High School, Plant City High School and Durant High School Leos worked for two days at the Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union’s 15th annual Pig Jam, where professionals and amateurs compete to be the best barbecue pit masters. The Lions BBQ Team smoked the competition and went home with numerous honors including First Place Ribs. The Lions and Leos together raised more than US$3,000. Brandon Lions in Minnesota made a donation of US$3,600 to the Brandon-Evansville school district, enabling each of the 36 teachers to purchase items for use in the classroom. In Ohio, the Prospect Lions sponsored their 10th annual NASCAR Dinner and Auction to provide scholarships for graduating high school seniors. They also installed two park benches near the village Christmas tree as their Legacy Project. The Forbes Road Lions Club in Pennsylvania sponsored, installed, and dedicated a veteran’s wall known as the Honor Hustontown Military Honor Roll that now hangs in the Forbes Road High School lobby. It recognizes all Hustontown veterans and honors them for their service. In British Columbia, Canada, the Burnaby Lougheed Lions operate and manage four housing projects for low-income families and seniors. Along with this large project they have a variety of small but vital programs to support the community. They include the repair and rehabbing of bicycles for children, and the club hosts a popular Friday night Meat Draw to raise money for service dogs. Members of the McKeesport Lions Club in Pennsylvania manned the red kettle for the Salvation Army, raising close to US$300. The Uniontown Lions Paul Ruley Eyeglass Recycling Center in Ohio supplied 2,849 clean and graded glasses to Southern College of Optometry in Tennessee. Student volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity added them to their supplies for their mission trips to Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Columbia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. They also supplied glasses for a church mission trip to Ukraine. The Kiel Lions in Wisconsin celebrated a Christmas party with a surprise Melvin Jones Fellow presentation to Lion John Kovach Jr., by his father, Lion John Kovach Sr. The Corinth Lions Breakfast and Corinth Lions Evening clubs in Mississippi recently merged to put a little more “oomph” into their roar. The Lions provide eye glasses and hearing aids for the needy. The Yucaipa Valley Lions in California hosted their annual golf tournament fundraiser in November, their annual Christmas parade in December, and in February, with the Grand Terrace Lions, offered their free sight clinic. In Wisconsin, the Sister Bay Lions invited local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, high school athletes, and coaches to their “Packer Night,” where the guest speaker was Lane Taylor, who started all 16 games for the Packers last year. Taylor played left guard on offense for the Packers following four years with Oklahoma State. The Sun Lakes Lions in Arizona decided to make their Community Legacy Project the gift of two “Kneeler-Wheelers” to the Sun Lakes Sheriff’s Posse. The Posse lends medical equipment to Sun Lakes homeowners in need. In New York, the Southern Tier Retired Lions—average age of 83— participated in the Worldwide Week of Service to Fight Hunger, contributing 79 food items and making a donation to the Big Flats Food Pantry. Stafford Township Lions in New Jersey donated more than US$2,000 worth of Shop Rite gift cards to local veterans and residents in need. East Troy Lions in Wisconsin mourn the loss of fellow Lion James Wenzel who was 100 years old. Wenzel served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and dedicated his life to service through Lions, serving as District Governor in 1962. He received many Lion awards including the Melvin Jones Fellowship award and the association’s highest award, the Ambassador of Good Will. After a year of work, the Lions Club of Windsor in Connecticut dedicated to Lions its Centennial Project—the installation of 18 quick response coded stations at the Connecticut Valley Agricultural Museum in Windsor. The digital audio-guided stations enable any visitor with a smartphone (or one provided by the museum) to learn about the exhibits and history of shade tobacco in the valley. Andrea Guidice, who is blind, toured the museum and called the addition “spectacular,” saying, “As a result of them, this place is transforming from a vast, drafty old shed to a building with a livable past.”
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