Club News - May 2022

In Indiana, the Speedway Lions Club repainted the town’s 488 fire hydrants with a white and checkerboard pattern to help decorate the town and differentiate Speedway from the surrounding communities. A Speedway resident came up with the idea, and a local graphics company provided the creative design and the heat shrink decals -- the same decals used on race cars. Each fire hydrant was cleaned with a steel brush and painted twice before the decal could be applied.

White fire hydrant
Speedway, Indiana, got a new look when Lions painted 488 city fire hydrants.

The Avon Grove Lions in Pennsylvania donated 11 hospital beds as well as walkers, canes, crutches, and bedside commodes to Project Cure’s relief effort for Ukraine. The items came from the Lions Hospital Loaner Program set up to donate to help people in need. Project Cure collects medical equipment to send to countries overseas.

Lions Clubs International members gather near club house
The Avon Grove Lions in Pennsylvania donated 11 hospital beds to Project Cure for delivery to Ukraine.

The Mattawan Leo Club of Michigan was finally able to host their bingo night that had been postponed since 2020. The money raised will be split between three local families who have children with cancer.

In New York, the Somers Lions Club’s “Night at the Races” fundraiser featured betting on eight virtual races, raffles, and a silent auction, as well as a buffet, bar, music, and dancing. It benefitted Friends of Karen, a tri-state organization that provides emotional, financial, and advocacy support for the families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Several local chapters of the Lions came together to back the cause.

The Elgin Lions in Illinois held their 38th annual Rose Day, selling one dozen long-stemmed roses for US$15. The fundraiser began in 1984 and is an annual affair to support the charitable work of Lions.

In Nebraska, the Tekamah Lions Club celebrated 100 years as a force in the community. The club sponsored their city’s first paved street in 1923. Now in observance of their anniversary, the Lions embarked on a drive to collect 100,000 pairs of used eyeglasses.

The Knight Lions in Oregon began hosting quarterly Zoom workshops for local kids called "Build it with a Lion." Each event features a different item to be built, such as a racecar or tractor, and all are donated by Home Depot.

Girls works on project
The kids in Oregon get to “Build it with a Lion,” thanks to the Knight Lions.

The Inverness Lions Club in Florida has supported a school nurses vision program, donating money so they can be certified by the National Association of School Nurses and allowing them to give school-age children eye exams as well as provide children with glasses. The club is now branching out to include vision screenings for preschool-age children.

Lions in four Sioux Falls, South Dakota clubs -- Sioux Rise, Sioux Empire, Sioux Land, and Sioux Downtown -- teamed up to host the 65th Pancake Days annual fundraiser.

In New York. the Lewiston Community Lions helped clean up the streets on Earth Day and began raising funds to plant trees throughout the community.

The Frostburg Lions Club in Maryland accepted financial donations for Ukrainian refugee relief during the month of April. The Lions set a goal of US$10,000, asking each resident of Allegany County to donate less than a dollar.

In Minnesota, members of the Sartell, St. Stephen and LeSauk Lions Clubs are teaming up to build an inclusive playground at Sartell’s Lions Park. It will include open and safe spaces and be designed to promote play among children of differing abilities, ages, and communities.

 

Members of the Encinitas Lions Club in California mourn the loss of PDG Julie Crawford, spouse of Past International Director Bill Crawford. PDG Crawford was a member of the Encinitas Lions Club. While serving as district governor, she increased the net membership by 113 new members and started six new clubs. She was a certified Handicapped Teaching Resource Specialist dedicated to the children she helped.

The Aurora Noon Lions in Illinois planted a swamp white oak tree from the Fox Valley Park District’s nursery as part of the district's memorial tree program.

Golfers and advocates of those with disabilities were invited to attend the 15th Tucson Breakfast Lions Club Annual Drive “Fore” Sight Golf Classic — Fiesta de Golf, in Arizona. Since 1958, the Lions Clubs of Arizona have sponsored Camp Tatiyee with a goal of empowering the special needs community.

The Hazleton Lions in Pennsylvania, with the help of family members, celebrated Earth Day with their annual cleanup.

hazleton Lions stand in front of bags of trash they've cleaned up.
Hazleton Lions in Pennsylvania cleaned up the town for Earth Day.

The Spooner and Shell Lake Lions in Wisconsin collected needed household items for tornado victims living in temporary housing in Mayfield, Kentucky. They made plans to deliver supplies in the spring and in mid-summer.

The Lions of MD 35 in Florida, Bahamas, Aruba Bonaire, and Curacao raised funds for Pediatric Cancer.

Lions CLubs INternational Member with Ronald Macdonald statue
Dr. Gregory Seltzer, president of the Pensacola Lions Club and District 35-L Childhood Cancer Chair, presented money and gift cards to the Ronald McDonald House in Pensacola.

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