Club News - September 2020

The Avon Grove Lions in Pennsylvania partnered with Cau-de-Sac Concerts to raise money for the Bridge Food Bank at the Church of the Nazarene in West Grove.  With the help of three former Leos, the Lions raised US$1,647. The club also donated 14 hospital beds to Project Cure. The beds will be sent to the needy in Africa.

The Portage Lions Club in Michigan sprang into action during their state’s lockdown, cutting fabrics, wires, and elastics to sew masks.  One member made homemade sanitizers and another sharpened scissors. Numerous clubs in District 11-B2l helped.

In Illinois, the Frankfort Lions celebrated as their first female club president, Sue Wolf, was sworn in as governor for District 1-Bk at a virtual ceremony on June 29.

Emporia Lions John Harclerode and Steve Haught were among those who celebrated Flag Day, displaying flags over a busy interstate in Kansas.

In Kansas, the Emporia Lions Club marked Flag Day with a chance for community members to fly Old Glory on an overpass along busy I-35, honoring the 243rd anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. flag. The Patriot Guard Riders contributed flags as well. More than 30 people were on the overpass off and on during the six hours the flags were waving, and many drivers waved and saluted as they passed.

The Henderson Lions Club in Kentucky allocated US$40,000 to assist their community with COVID-19 relief. The club donated US$10,000 to the Salvation Army to provide new appliances for their soup kitchen, where they were providing hot carryout meals for about 250 people per day, about double the regular number. They also gave US$25,000 to help people with one-time payments for rent or mortgage, or a utility payment for workers who have lost employment because of the pandemic, and US$1,800 to Audubon Area Community Service to help Henderson residents who have lost their normal way of transportation to and from essential places due to COVID-19.

The Marquette Lions Club in Michigan accepted bottle and can donations, as well as eye glasses and hearing aids to benefit community projects.

The Wilmington Lions Club in North Carolina donated more than US$750 for boxes of power bars, protein bars, and other healthy snacks for the Medical Intensive Care staff at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

The Orchard Park Lions in New York were cruising around the village of Orchard Park on a Sunday morning in July to promote their drive-through chicken barbeque, and to let people know that next year’s Orchard Park Lions Club Car & Motorcycle Show & Cruise will be held on July 24. All monies go to the club’s Blind & Charity Fund.

The Orchard Park Lions in New York may have had to cancel this year, but they are already planning for 2021.

The Lemon Grove Lions in California thought they were forced to cancel their Salsa y Salsa fundraiser. They had earmarked the event proceeds for helping with community projects. But instead of cancelling, they had an online auction. While not as much fun as their usual Salsa event, they raised the money they needed.

Minnesota’s Waconia Lions Chuck Schmidt, Ron Machtemes, Richard Beckett, Dave Hucky, Dan Goetze, Tony Eshelman, and Rick Wagener fried fish for those in local seniors’ homes. Lion Bob Giesinger was delivering fish and missed the picture.

The coronavirus didn’t stop the Brussels Lions Club in Wisconsin from holding its annual fundraising event. Their yearly Belgian Days, the club’s only fundraiser, was just different this year. The weekend of music, games, and food was replaced with a four-hour drive-thru offering Belgian trippe, a pork and cabbage sausage, Booyah, a Belgian stew, and Belgian pie.  More than 550 vehicles came through in eight hours, depleting the Lion’s share of Booyah and Belgian pies.

The Serena Lions Club in Illinois sold raffle tickets for a chance to win a grill, propane, and grilling tools, along with some locally raised beef.

Many area seniors, restricted because of COVID-19, can't go fishing, much less go out for a fish dinner. So the Waconia Lions in Minnesota have come to them, arranging a fish fry for several Waconia senior living communities. Lions breaded and fried the fish outside, then handed them off to the facilities catering team to distribute the evening meal.

In Idaho, during Lions’ year 2019-2020, the Boise Bench Lions and Idaho Lions’ Envision, with assistance from the Boise Host Lions, recycled a record 108,128 pairs of eyeglasses. Prescription glasses were sent to Belize, Nicaragua, and Africa. Non-prescription glasses were donated to Corpus Christi House in Boise, St. Luke’s Intensive Care Unit, and the Boise Public Library.

In Kansas, the Natoma Lions Club members champion a Community Calendar annual project.  For decades they have provided area businesses opportunities for advertisement space at a nominal fee.  For Natoma residents, the calendar offers free listings of birthdays, anniversaries, a school calendar, and community events. Orders were taken for the US$5 calendars with delivery prior to the start of the school year. Proceeds provide financial support for a myriad of projects including Lions Peace Poster Contest, Kansas Lions Sight Mobile, band camps, the public library, and more.

Natoma Lions in Kansas completed their calendar project just before school started in August.

The Wheeling Lions in West Virginia donated a Plusoptic Vision Screening Machine to the Ohio County Board of Education’s school nurses for use in screening students for vision problems. This is the sixth of these US$7,000 machines the Lions have donated to Ohio County schools over the past few years.

In New Jersey, the Chester Lions Club is going to make their popular German foods, usually served at Oktoberfest, available to their followers through their website, The menu includes bratwurst, kielbasa, German potato salad, sauerkraut, German chocolate cake, plum cake, apple strudel, a German pretzel, and Bienenstich (bee hive cake).

Champagne Village Lions Tom Bossmeye, Bruce and Rita Cripe, and Alan Rings help Interfaith staff load school supplies for local children.

In California, the community donated US$2,500 to the Champagne Village Lions to buy school supplies for homeless and disadvantaged children in grades K-12.  The Lions partnered with Interfaith Community Services. CV Lions hoped to raise at least US$500 in donations, but received five times that, enabling them to equip 144 children for school.

The Poland Lions Club in Ohio purchased 120 tubes of quality hand cream that front line workers could keep in a pocket.

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