Club News - October 2021

The Carson City Host Lions Club in Nevada sponsored a Chalk Art Contest as part of the Nevada Day festivities. The contest was open to individuals, families, and businesses. Contestants created chalk art masterpieces on a city sidewalk based on the theme, “My Favorite Moment in Nevada.” The Lions provided chalk supplies and awarded prizes to the top three chalk artists or family teams.

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Lucy Rhodes became the second Cub inducted into the Portage Lions Club in Michigan.

The Alexandria Evening Lions in Minnesota hosted the 48th Annual Lions Cross Country “Meet of Champions” with 1,218 runners from 28 statewide schools participating.

Elmhurst Lions in Illinois had more than 10 tons of fun at their October pumpkin patch with help from the York High School Leos who hosted the Fall Family Fest, offering a moon jump and more while collecting winter coats for those in need.

In Alabama, the Madison Area Family Lions Club had a Lions Mop & Broom Sale, selling O-Cedar brand mops and brooms as well as cotton household mops and corn brooms. The proceeds will help in providing eye exams and glasses for youth and adults.

The Kapa‘a Lions Club in Hawaii packed more than 50 personal hygiene packages including face masks specially sewn for the residents of the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital, special treats, soaps and shampoos.

East Kauai Lions in Hawaii are enjoying their newsletters, Lions Bone, now in larger and bolder print.

The Midland Northside Lions Club in Texas had its fall fundraiser, the 18th annual Roar with Laughter hilarity revue. The proceeds help provide an annual Midland College scholarship, support LCIF global causes, Lions’ camps for kids, and a variety of other charities.

In Kentucky, the Middletown Lions wanted to highlight Helen Keller this year at the town’s Family Fun Festival, and with the help of the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, they encouraged children visiting their tent to wear a blindfold. Children learned to type their name with a braille writer, locate their state on a 3-D map, identify items by touch, and more.

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Middletown Lion Angela Kennedy helped a child write her name on the braille writer in the Lions’ tent focusing on Helen Keller at the Middletown Family Fun Festival in Kentucky.

The Winchester Host Lions in Virginia cut the ribbon opening the Sensory Trail at Jim Barnett Park. Lions began planning for the trail in 2016 as a LCI Legacy Project. The 422-foot-long circular sensory trail includes three roofed picnic tables and a bench in front of an herb garden. Members of the Winchester Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind were among the first to walk the trail.

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Winchester Host Lion President Sabra Veach cut the ribbon to open the Lion’s Sensory Trail in Virginia. Lion Caz Zuckerman, a leader in the development of the LCI Legacy Project, joined the walk.


In Canada, the Schumacher Lions Club made history with their installation of the first Lions International Peace Park in Ontario, a show of celebration for the city's cultural diversity. Coinciding with the International Day of Peace recognized by the United Nations, the park features 20 peace poles, each celebrating different cultures present in the area and designed by people in the community.  Each pole says “may peace prevail on Earth” in a different language.

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Lion Mark West, past president of the Schumacher Lions in Ontario, opened the new international peace park.

In Arkansas, the Stuttgart Lions sold Cajun shrimp dinners - a half-pound of jumbo shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, fresh-made cocktail sauce, and a lemon - for US$15.

In Mississippi, neighboring clubs sold the goodies needed for Thanksgiving. The Wesson Lions Club offered sweet potatoes from Vardaman, La., the Sweet Potato Capital, and the Brookhaven Lions sold fresh pecans from Georgia.

The Big Rapids Lions Club in Michigan was thanked by a local business owner for being a hardworking organization that has stepped up to the plate and supported local businesses during their struggles over the past year.

In Connecticut, the new North Haven Leo Club held its organizational meeting with the founding 16 members of the club. The Leos assisted on Lion projects through the spring and summer including the Lion’s Second Saturday projects cleaning up John Grover Wyman Park, food drives, eyeglasses collection, and dog and cat food and towel and blanket collection for Fidelco Guide Dogs and The Animal Haven.

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The new North Haven Leo Club in Connecticut began with 16 founding members.



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