Club News - September 2021

In Pennsylvania, nearly 300 people attended the annual Lions Appreciation Day at Beacon Lodge Camp. Lions’ activities included games, a giant Name That Tune competition, a worship service, blind bowling, and camp tours. There was a basket raffle, an indoor expo for pin traders, a 50/50 raffle, a barbecue lunch, and The Great Duck Race. The race began as a fundraising idea by a member of the Little Beaver Lions who bought 1,000 rubber duckies and numbered them by hand.

Man pours out hundreds of yellow rubber duckies.
The Great Duck Race is a major event during Lions Appreciation Day at Beacon Lodge Camp in Pennsylvania. A late Little Beaver Lion is remembered for purchasing 1,000 rubber duckies and numbering them by hand.


The Ashwaubenon Lions in Wisconsin donated US$8,500 for the purchase of a Mobi-Mat to be used at Ashwaubomay Lake. The recycled plastic mat allows wheelchair access directly to the water as well as access to spots on the beach to spend time with family. It stretches about 100 feet into the water and plastic wings jut 15 feet to the side, allowing people to settle off the main route.

mobi mat and Lions Club members
Thanks to the Ashwaubenon Lions in Wisconsin, a plastic Mobi-Mat makes the local beach wheelchair accessible.

The Brazoria Lions Club in Texas donated US$1,500 to ActionS, an organization that provides no-cost services to seniors’ needs including meals and rides to doctor appointments.

Lemon Grove Lions in California donated about 600 pairs of glasses to help with the Lions Recycle for Sight program and served up good food for hungry concert goers at the concert in the park and on National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.

In Minnesota, the New Ulm Lions donated money for an open shelter near the splash pad and playground in the city’s North Park. The 24-by-38-foot shelter is expected to cost between US$35,000 and US$40,000.

The Warren Township Lions’ 53rd annual EXPO Carnival in New Jersey included rides, games, fireworks, food, and an exposition of local businesses.

The Lisle Lions Club in Illinois announced the 2021 Educational Foundation winner as Lisle High School graduate Callie Walsh who is enrolled in agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Illinois.


More than 35 volunteers came for the fourth Susquehanna River Cleanup in New York, including members of the Cooperstown Lions Club and Rotary clubs. Financial contributions assisted with building three new rafts. The project came about because John Rowley and Maureen Rowley would walk part of the riverside trail in Cooperstown on a regular basis and were dismayed by the amount of debris in that section of the river, including a large cattle-feeding trough. Lion’s past president John proposed the clean-up project to the club.

Lions clubs around El Paso, Texas, partnered with the Socorro Independent School District for a school uniform swap. Parents received a credit slip for clean, used uniforms and donated outgrown uniforms to other students.

In Pennsylvania, the new Blossburg Area Lions Club had 23 people join at their July meeting. PDG Cheryl Wilbur, the Lions’ global membership chair for Pennsylvania, credited Jill Nickerson, a member of the Blossburg borough council, who called people, encouraged them to come, and even provided the hot meal. Wilbur brought gift baskets so those attending could purchase a chance to win, and she collected US$57 which she turned over to the new club’s treasury.

In Washington, a new community center was named for Lion Hugh McMillan, a charter member of the Key Peninsula Lions Club who was recognized for more than 30 years of service to the Peninsula School District for his dedication and weekly news column supporting children in local schools. A few years ago Lion Hugh was honored for bringing more than 75 members into his club.

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Key Peninsula Charter Lion Hugh McMillan is honored by his club and school board at the naming of the town’s new Hugh McMillan Community Center in Washington.

The St. Joseph Lions in Michigan partnered with the Berrien Community Foundation and filled nearly 500 pencil cases with erasers, pencil sharpeners, glue sticks, markers, round tip scissors, and pencils for area elementary school children.

In Michigan, the Crystal Falls Lions Club hosted the 56th annual Bass Festival at Runkle Lake Park in Crystal Falls. Cash prizes were awarded for largest bass, perch, bluegill, crappie, walleye, and pike, in adult and children’s categories.

The Texas Lions from District 2-T3, with the leadership of District Governor Dr. Francisco Javier Morales, arranged a virtual meeting with the Lions of Mexico District B2. One of the greatest concerns discussed on the Mexican side was that of hunger. The Texas District immediately raised US$9,100 among its clubs, and the Lions from both districts met at the International Bridge in the border town of Presidio, Texas, and Ojinaga, Mexico, for the celebration of fellowship and delivery of funds.

patch that says the border unites us, not separates us
The Lions of Mexico in District B-2 and the Texas Lions from District 2-T3 met at the International Bridge for friendship and the Texas Lions’ contribution to help alieve hunger in Mexico.

The Carpinteria Lions Club in California held its annual multi-club horseshoe tournament, competing to benefit City of Hope, a national cancer research institute. The competition featured contestants from the Pleasant Valley Lions, the Downtown Ventura Lions, and the Amber Light Lions, and raised US$1,427.

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Guests from three California Lions clubs participated in the Carpenteria Lions’ multi-club horseshoe tournament to benefit cancer research.

The State Center Lions in Iowa had a summer golf outing for members and spouses.

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State Center Lions in Iowa enjoyed a club golf outing.

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