Club News - November 2022

The Lemon Grove Lions in California hosted a cornhole tournament with proceeds benefitting Fisher House San Diego where families of patients receiving medical care at Naval Medical Center San Diego are offered a "home away from home" at no cost.

More than a dozen Lions from the Aurora Noon Lions Club in Illinois took part in their Candy Day fundraiser. Lions collected US$871 to support Lions' services for visually and hearing-impaired persons. Sixty percent of donations collected go to the Lions of Illinois Foundation, and the club retains 40 percent for community service programs.

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Lion Tom Voigt of Illinois greets donors to the Aurora Noon Lions Club Candy Day fundraiser supporting Lions' services for visually and hearing-impaired persons.

The Mountain Home Lions Club in Arkansas prepared for its 70th Annual Mountain Home Lions Auction event with more than 500 items donated by local businesses.

The Eden Prairie Lions and Lioness Lions in Minnesota collected 2,343 pounds of food and about US$1,700 in cash donations for the PROP Food Shelf during World Service Day on Oct. 8. All profits made during Lions’ fundraisers are donated to help with public safety, scholarships, social and community services, vision, hearing, diabetes and other foundations, animal rescue, and nature centers.

The Vandergrift Lions Club in Pennsylvania continues their successful gently-used hospital supplies donation program. The Club offers dozens of hospital supplies on loan or gifted free of charge to individuals in need of assistance with mobility or in need of health care items. The most in-demand items are shower chairs and walkers. They have served more than 500 people in the Alle-Kiski Valley.

The Forest Hill Lions Club in Toronto, Canada, which is celebrating its 70th year, continued to sponsor and support Little League Baseball through the North York Baseball Association for underprivileged kids. Children ages 5 to 16 are eligible to play. The league consists of 34 house league teams, including a “Rep” program for a more advanced level of competition for another 26 teams. Games are played in Ontario, Canada, and maintained by the North York Baseball Association grounds crew.

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Forest Hill Lions in Toronto gladly support the North York Baseball Association for underprivileged kids.

The Mankato Area Lions Club in Minnesota hosted its fifth annual Diabetes Rally to help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. The event featured family-friendly games, informational vendors, guest speakers, and a 1.6-mile walk. In 2021, the Mankato Area Lions raised more than US$40,000. All proceeds go to local non-profit organizations like the Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation and Camp Sweet Life.

October 29 was Rose Day for the Freeport, Illinois Lions who delivered a dozen roses to lucky recipients. Lions sold tickets for roses in advance at US$20 a dozen.

In Minnesota, the Hamel Lions teamed up with the Corcoran Lions and teens from Wayzata High School to create and execute the hair-raising show at Haunted Acres. Proceeds go to local food shelves and help with heating costs for those in need during the winter. Last year the clubs raised around US$30,000 for these community causes.

The Crestline Lions in Ohio completed their 2nd annual Fall into Service Project at the Little League Complex in Crestline. The project consisted of scraping and painting the concession stand and bathroom facility at the complex, and seven Crestline Lions participated.

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Crestline Lions in Ohio fixed up the concession and restroom facility at the Little League Complex as a Fall Into Service project.

Spectators of all ages, some in costumes, lined the streets of Pine Grove for the 75th annual Holiday Classic Parade on Oct. 15. Organized and sponsored by the Pine Grove Lions Club of Pennsylvania, more than 25 floats were judged, making it one of their biggest parades. The Pine Grove Lions were joined by Lions from the Porter Tower, Tri Valley, and Wayne Township clubs. Pennsylvania Lions District 14U Governor Lisa Leon rode in the parade in an antique car.

The Freeport Lioness Lions in Maine had a successful Midcoast Humane Shelter shower. Many needed items and food were delivered along with a monetary donation.

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The Freeport Lioness Lions in Maine hosted a shower for the humane society.

In Illinois, the German Valley Lions had a Drive-Thru Fundraiser selling ribeye sandwiches, porkchop sandwiches, beef hotdogs with chips, applesauce, a cookie, and a drink.

The Marysville Evening Lions Club in Ohio donated US$2,500 to the Hope Center, an organization that houses a furniture bank, clothes closet, personal needs pantry, and community kitchen. Lions also helped stuff 258 bags for Marysville Blessings in a Backpack, helping to ensure children do not go hungry on the weekends.

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The Marysville Evening Lions in Ohio donated money and time to the Hope Center.

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