Club News - August 2022

When Aurora rescue mission Wayside Cross Ministries asked the public to donate bottled water, Aurora Noon Lions Club in Illinois responded with 1,800 bottles. The water is needed during the hot summer at Wayside Cross Ministries' Master's Touch Men's Recovery Center, Lifespring for women and children, street outreach through the Elgin Wayside Center, and the Aurora youth baseball league and day camps provided by the Urban Youth Ministry.

Aurora Noon Lions in Illinois delivered 1,800 bottles of water to Wayside Cross Ministries.

After three years without it, the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Lions in California were able to bring their much-loved carnival back to Fort Bragg. The Lions had been halted by Covid, and then lost their usual spot. They found another location on the coast and with help from more than a dozen Lion volunteers and the VFW, they pulled it off. The carnival has been a major fundraiser for the Lions so they can continue to provide their community services on the Mendocino Coast.

Nearly 1,900 new teddy bears have been donated to the Agrace Hospice Care Dori Bear Program by members of the McFarland Lioness/Lions Club in Wisconsin over the last 17 years. McFarland community member Doris Klubertanz was the inspiration for the program, collecting teddy bears throughout her life. When she died in 1994, her family donated her collection to Agrace and established the Dori Bear Program, bringing comfort to Agrace Hospice Care’s patients and their family members.

In Pennsylvania, a major fire in October 2021 destroyed the community building that housed the historical society as well as the Lions Club and all the supplies needed to put on the Dauphin-Middle Paxton Lions’ Carnival – a tradition going back more than 60 years.  Lions knew they could throw in the towel, but they refused. With help from other organizations, including the Dauphin-Middle Paxton Home Association, they made it happen.

A new club, the East Gull Lake Camp Confidence Lions Club in Michigan had a launch party on the beach. The new club will be partnered with the camp, focusing on creating events for individuals in the community that provide opportunities to give back. Confidence Learning Center is a nonprofit outdoor education and recreation camp serving people of all ages with cognitive and physical disabilities.

First known as the Discovery Bay Lionesses in 1983, 24 women in the Discovery Bay Lions Club in California wanted to branch out to be more active in their community. The group reached 40 members and chartered themselves in 1992 as the Byron Delta Lions Club, now more than 70 members strong. They hosted a luau with proceeds going to Lion and community projects.

The Byron Delta Lions Club, once the Discovery Bay Lionesses in California is now more than 70 members strong.

In Texas, the Ysleta Lions Club, along with the Five Points Lions Club and Executive Women Lions Club, held their 12th annual school uniform swap and included complimentary eye screenings and hearing tests, $5 haircuts, and $10 immunizations from Immunize El Paso. Those with clean, gently worn school uniforms, or school uniforms that children had outgrown, donated at the event. The Ysleta Lions also award a scholarship to a high school senior.

At the Frederick Fusion Lions Club’s first Charter Night in Maryland, PDG Margarito “Och” Ochoa explained how the idea for a multicultural club began with a vision screening at the Asian American Center of Frederick. The Fusion Lions Club believes to be the only Lions club in the region charged with a multicultural/diversity mission.

In New York, the Lyndonville Lions Club closed out the first week of July with their 13th Annual Community Appreciation Concert. The free concert is to thank all those who attended their Fourth of July celebration.

In Tennessee, the Lexington Lions Club has been busy. Since 2020, the club has built six benches and placed them in strategic areas around town, purchased and placed hand sanitizing stations in all city and county schools, and customized shopping carts for short people for Dollar General and Save-A-Lot.

The Shelter Island Lions Club Foundation in New York presented a check for US$20,000 to CAST — the Center for Advocacy, Support and Transformation. The CAST On Wheels mobile food pantry and resource center comes to Shelter Island twice a month.

In Colorado, the Loveland Lions Club appeared at the Loveland City Council meeting for a belated proclamation in honor of the club’s 100th anniversary. They recognized its low-cost eye exam programs and its decades of operating the city’s Buckhorn Northern Railroad at North Lake Park. In 2019, the train marked its millionth rider, and during this summer’s Fourth of July celebration, served 880 passengers, setting a single day record.

The James City Lions Club in Virginia presented four graduating high school seniors with college scholarships totaling US$6,000. The scholarships are based on academic achievement, leadership, extracurricular activities, and community service. They are made possible through a variety of Lions fundraising activities.

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