Club News - January 2020

The Clarendon Hills Lions Club in Illinois made it possible for the People’s Resource Center to distribute food more efficiently to those in need by donating US$110,000 for a 20-foot refrigerated box truck. The truck allows the center to have safe food transportation of fresh items, especially during summer months.

Lions club members pose with refrigerated truck
The Clarendon Hills Lions in Illinois donated US$110,000 to the People’s Resource Center for a refrigerated truck.

On Prince Edward Island, Canada, the Summerside Lions were unable to have their usual fundraisers so they pitched in to help other organizations with their projects. The Summerside Lions helped the Kensington Lions with their ham and scalloped potato take-out dinner, helped the Summerside Legion with their annual poppy program, laid a wreath for remembrance day, rang bells for the Salvation Army, sold Christmas trees with the Summerside YMCA, and distributed more than 200 hampers with the Kinsmen.

Lions Club Members pose for picture
In Alabama, the Margaret Lions Club welcomed 20 new members during a special December membership meeting.

The South Tucson Cyber Lions in Arizona had a successful, “We’ve Got You Covered” project. They made 300 fleece blankets for needy children in their school district and distributed them at a Thanksgiving drive-through meal for needy families.

Lions Club members pose with fleece blankets
Arizona’s South Tucson Cyber Lions made 300 fleece blankets for kids.

For decades, the Natoma Lions Club in Kansas delivered poinsettias with Christmas cheer to Natoma residents, 80 years and older, within a 55-mile radius of the small rural town.  “Remember the Elderly” began in the heart of Arthur Hachmeister, who was 90 at the time. His vision was to bless the current and remote elderly residents with a Christmas poinsettia personally delivered to each one. Due to the pandemic, poinsettias could not be delivered this year, yet, prayers with "glad tidings of great joy" were mailed to each one with anticipation for the program to continue in 2021.

The Norwalk Lions Club in Wisconsin made donations of US$3,000 to the library for a disc cleaning machine, and US$10,000 to the Norwalk Area Fire District to replace turnout gear.

The Avon Grove High School Leos in Pennsylvania helped clean and put up Christmas decorations at the Penn Township Book Nook.

The Pickerel Lions in Wisconsin are thankful for members Alan Quig, an ambulance driver, and his wife, Amy Quig, DG of 27B2. The rescue squad in their tiny rural town was desperate for new recruits, and the Quigs were busy with their business and Lion commitments. But when Covid-19 shutdowns began, the Quigs found time to begin Emergency Responder classes, and Amy Quig continued on to achieve EMT certification. They found yet another opportunity to serve.

Man and woman stand in front of fire and rescue truck
Pickeral Lions Amy and Alan Quig in Wisconsin used time during the pandemic to become first responders.

In New York, the Orchard Park Lions delivered holiday cheer to a local nursing home at Christmas. Since Santa couldn’t appear, the Lions became elves and worked with staff to obtain gifts for every resident.

The Tunkhannock Lions Club in Pennsylvania had its annual Chicken and Biscuit Dinner and toy collection take-out style. Many toys were collected, and more than 70 dinners were sold.

In Hawaii, the East Kauai Lions donated seven cases of hand sanitizers to King Kaumuali’i Elementary School to be placed in dispensers throughout the school.

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