Club News - September 2021

After a year’s absence due to no Western Idaho Fair, the Boise Bench Lions in Idaho got back to staffing the Found Kids Booth, a project started in 2014. Parents or guardians bring their kids to the booth to be registered, and this year 1,042 kids got a numbered arm band and contact information for the parent or guardian was recorded. If the kids are separated from the adults, they can go to any security staff or vendor and will be brought back to the booth where Lions or security will contact the adults.

Woman in clown costume and man in Lions Club hat.
Boise Bench Lion PCC Bob Storm and Dottie the clown make work fun in the Lion’s Found Kids Booth at the Western Idaho Fair.

In West Virginia, the Alum Creek Lions had a 50/50 raffle to celebrate the arrival of Taylor Ross, 7-pound daughter of PDG Mandy Ross and Alum Lion Dean Ross Jr.  The Lion who correctly picked Sept. 1 as the date of her birth (the same date as his own birthday) claimed the prize. The other half of the 50/50 money went into the club’s scholarship fund for students going to college. Taylor’s grandfather is also an Alum Creek Lion.

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The newest Alum Creek Lion, Taylor Ross, is already raising money for Lions projects.  

Hundreds of Aurora-area residents in Illinois attended the City of Aurora's eighth annual youth and family resource fair where Aurora Noon Lions were among 40 community organizations providing information.

The students and teachers at Southern Door Elementary School had a nice surprise as the new school year started. The Brussels Lions in Wisconsin painted a to-scale 35-by-55-foot map of the United States on the pavement with dots at the state capitols. In addition, they painted a 20-by-30-foot world map with each of the continents a different color.

In Oklahoma, the Tulsa Downtown Lions Club, through their Cycle for Life Program, awarded two special needs individuals from Owasso, Okla., bicycles tailored to their special needs. The Cycle for Life program provides outdoor therapy bikes for special needs children, wounded warriors, and wounded peace officers in Tulsa and the surrounding community.

boy on tricycle with man helping guide him.
Diego takes his first ride on his special bike, thanks to the Tulsa Downtown Lions’ Cycle for Life program in Oklahoma.

The Summer Concert Series concluded for the McKeesport Lions Club in Pennsylvania on Labor Day with a weekend RibFest at Renziehausen Park in the Lions Band Shell area. The weekend included ribs with all the fixin’s from four vendors, the Lions Food Booth, Lions Ice Cream Booth, and Funnel Cake and Lemonade booth.  This was all topped off by fireworks on Labor Day evening when the Lions thanked all those who made the free Sunday evening concerts a success.

City police officers in Pennsylvania were among the crowd enjoying the McKeesport Lions’ RibFest concluding their summer concert series.

The Goliad, Texas Lions Club delivered suitcases, backpacks, bags, blankets, and toiletries to Luca's Luggage Project to help children in vulnerable situations.

The Fraser River Valley Lions Club in Colorado is one of the clubs around the world named for this year’s Lions International Kindness Matters Service Award. The Lions helped raise funds and pay for the construction of a kitchen at Mountain Family Center which helps the community learn healthy recipes and meals, and provides teacher training for diabetes-focused cooking classes. The US$42,000 kitchen was funded with a grant from LCI along with fundraising by the Fraser Valley Club and the Jackson County Lions Club.

After powerful storms battered parts of Flushing Township in August, community members rolled up their sleeves to help. The Flushing Lions Club in MIchigan supplied food and water to Consumers Energy workers who were restoring electricity to multiple neighborhoods. Altogether, the Lions fed more than 100 linemen—many of whom were working 16-hour shifts. With a US$10,000 grant from LCIF, food, water, and medications for residents who were impacted by the storms were provided along with storm damage cleanup for seniors.

The Lions Clubs of District 12-N are working together to raise awareness of diabetes and pre-diabetes with a screening quiz for the public using a short questionnaire from the American Diabetes Association to assess whether people are likely to be pre-diabetic. The Oak Ridge Lions in Tennessee encouraged people in the community to complete the questionnaire.

The Chicago Windy City Lions in Illinois participated in the Chicago Chinatown Dragon Boat Race for Literacy to benefit the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. Out of 19 teams, the Windy City Lions took Bronze in the Tiger Division. Started in 2000, the Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy has been successfully held by the Chinatown Chamber to promote Asian culture and help the neighborhood literacy programs.

Girl in Lion costume boarding dragon boat
Chicago Windy City Lions in Illinois took home the Bronze in the Chicago Chinatown Dragon Boat Race for Literacy.

In Maine, an unprecedented amount of "stuff" was for sale during the three-day Wilton Lions Club yard sale. Usually held in June, the traditional event had to be canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic but the club was able to save all donations since the 2019 sale. Although the furniture tent was full, Lions said they were selling everything from golf clubs to yo-yos.

The College Station Noon Lions Club in Texas held an “I Love America Fall Festival” on Sept. 11 to support Texas Lions Camp, the special summer camp for children with disabilities.

The Colts Neck Lions Club in New Jersey hosted its 27th Annual Pancake Breakfast serving hundreds of patrons for $5 per adult, $3 per child and $3 for seniors. This year’s proceeds were donated to Kateri Day Camp, a seven-week summer camp serving children ages 5-13, and funding a service dog for a wounded veteran in Monmouth County. Veteran John Caporaso picked up his new best friend, Zildjian (pronounced "Zil Gin").

Under blue skies, the East Dubuque Lions in Illinois served their tasty peach barbecue wings to a hungry crowd at their 16th annual Wing Fest.

Man working the grill in Lions Club hat
East Dubuque Lion Don Kussmaul manned the grill, cooking up peach barbecue wings at the club’s 16th annual Wing Fest in Illinois.

As part of its 100th year anniversary celebration, the Liberal Noon Lions Club in Kansas donated US$1,600 to Crossroads Center, a therapeutic horse riding center. With Lion support in 2003 the center was able to build its indoor arena.


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