Club News - November 2020

The Avon Grove Lions in Pennsylvania donated to Camp Abilities at the West Chester University to support their program for blind children, and the club raised more than US$700 for the sight impaired through their White Cane Collection.

The Orchard Park Lions in New York presented local restaurant gift cards to the Father Baker Manor Health Care staff. The Lions raised the funds at their Chicken BBQ Take-out Dinner with matching funds from the District 20-N Ray Wheeler Humanitarian Fund.

The Lions of Pennsylvania loaded a trailer with disaster relief supplies for the people of Louisiana. The 17 districts in MD-14 spent two weeks gathering the supplies through donations and purchases. In addition to the relief supplies, they sent two disaster pods to help with relief efforts. Each pod will sleep 6 and has storage for work tools. The pods are the idea and design of Lion Jim Groff, MD Disaster Relief Chairperson.

Lions Club Truck
The Pennsylvania Lions loaded this trailer with disaster relief items for the people of Louisiana affected by hurricanes.

 

The Lions of Kauai in Hawaii worked with other service organizations to assist Kauai Independent Food Bank in distributing food to 350 furloughed workers from a local hotel.

The Genoa Lions in Illinois can relax now on any one of five six-foot benches to be placed throughout their community. They started a plastic cap recycling project three years ago with the goal to obtain a park bench made from the recycled plastic, keeping the caps out of landfills. They invited the Cub and Boy Scout troops to participate, and caps were collected in bins around town. Many Lions ended up with hundreds of pounds of boxed caps in their garage or basement, and the project collected more than 1,100 pounds of caps.

In Illinois, Aurora Noon Lions at two Lions Candy Day stations collected more than US$400 in donations for vision- and hearing-impaired programs.

Members of the Portage Lions Club of Michigan spent a day collecting and sorting used eyeglasses. They also participated in The United CureSearch Childhood Cancer Walk - National Virtual Walk, and donated toward the purchase of art and craft supplies for children at Bronson Methodist Oncology department.

Members and guests of the Orcutt, California Lions Club had a rededication ceremony of a plaque placed in 1982 by the club to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Pacific Coast Railway. The site later became the town of Orcutt.

Orcutt Lions in California, with the help of Boy Scout Troop 91, upgraded the historic site commemorating the 1872 arrival of the Pacific Coast Railway, once a narrow-gauge horse-drawn tramway serving the central coast of California.

The Lions Clubs of Guilford County in North Carolina banded together to launch a virtual fundraiser benefitting the BackPack Beginnings food pantry. BackPack Beginnings, one of several food pantries in Guilford County, is the chief supplier of weekend food for food insecure students via the Guilford County Schools system. The needs that the pantry is trying to fulfil have nearly doubled since the beginning of the pandemic.

In Minnesota, The Lions Clubs of Mankato Area’s third annual Diabetes Rally took off virtually with participants encouraged to walk at their own time and pace in an effort to raise money to find a cure for diabetes.

The Knowlton Lions Club in Quebec, Canada, sent their thanks to the veterans of Brome County who served Canada during wars from WW1 to Afghanistan, as well as the men and women who served during peace time and who help in natural disasters.

 

The DuBois Lions Club in Pennsylvania supported seniors by donating to the Blizzard Box Program run by the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging. Blizzard Boxes are non-perishable meals that are packaged and delivered to Meals on Wheels & More for consumers at the onset of winter. Consumers are encouraged to keep these meals on their shelf for winter storm days when the agency may be unable to deliver a hot meal.

Fairfield Lion’s Club in Texas was named the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for October. Their most recent scholarship fundraiser is a cookbook full of their favorite recipes.

The Whitehorse Lions Club in Yukon, Canada, purchased 25 stuffed bears to be given to young children during traumatic events such as fires and vehicle accidents.

In Pennsylvania, the Horton-Brockway Area Lions Club celebrated the induction of their first third generation Lion when Austin Geitner joined the club. He follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, PDG Duey Geitner, and father Buddy Geitner who sponsored him. Austin has been helping with Lion projects and programs for many years.

The Stuttgart Arkansas Lions Club hosted a shrimp boil. Shrimp dinners were served in a drive-through line at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The event proceeds will support local scholarships and community organizations.

Farmington Lions in Missouri hosted their Help the Hungry Bake for its 15th year.

 

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