Club News - January 2023

Aurora Noon Lions Club in Illinois hosted an American Sign-Language Santa and Mrs. Claus for a 12th annual holiday party for hearing-impaired kids. Guests included 35 deaf and hearing-impaired children from East and West Aurora school districts, plus caregivers, teachers, and friends. A dozen Noon Lions assisted, providing a pizza dinner and gifts for kids.

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Illinois Aurora Noon Lions’ signing Santa brought joy to hearing impaired kids.

The Owensboro Lions Club in Kentucky hosted its annual Free Breakfast with Santa at Settle Memorial United Methodist Church. Lions provided a complimentary breakfast.

In Florida, the South Daytona Lions Club had its monthly free diabetes screening at the Port Orange Farmers and Flea Market. Twenty-eight people had their glucose level checked.

In Massachusetts, the South Attleboro Village Lions held their second annual sock drive, collecting 1,125 pairs for men, women, teens, children, and infants. The socks were bagged, labelled, and distributed to the homeless, Veterans, Head Start, several churches with food banks, and to those in need. Socks are the most needed and requested item, but the least donated article of clothing. The sock drive helps raise the awareness of the plight of the homeless and the health issues they have, often because they lack something as basic as a pair of new, clean socks. Sock donations came from club members, South Attleboro Lions, Somerset Lions, the VFW, and the community.

The Fishhawk Lions Club in Florida celebrated receiving their official charter from Lions Clubs International. The club started three years as an idea in a library by people who wanted to make a difference. Members of the Brandon Lions Club who sponsored the formation of the Fishhawk Lions Club, and numerous other Lions came to congratulate members of the new club. For three years the Fishhawk Lions Club has been actively helping communities, providing masks during COVID-19, supporting local food banks and shelters, and instituting and supporting grassroots activities such as luggage and shoe drives.

In Texas, the 16th annual Sulphur Springs Lions Club Lighted Christmas Parade was a showcase of festively lit parade entries. The Lions also teamed up with Blue Santa as a drop-off location for the Blue Santa Toy Drive. New, unwrapped toys were placed on the side of the road for Blue Santa to collect along the parade route.

The Lathrup Village Lions in Michigan were joined by the Optimist Club of Southfield-Lathrup Village and the Cosmopolitan Detroit Kiwanis Club for “Celebrate Community 2022” at the World Medical Relief headquarters in Southfield to sort through mounds of medical equipment and supplies to be sent to Uganda.

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Michigan’s Lathrup Village Lions helped sort medical supplies for Uganda.

The Owen J. Roberts Middle School Leos in Pennsylvania completed a service project at In Ian’s Boots. In Ian’s Boots is an organization dedicated to providing footwear for those in need.

Dalles Lion Timmy Mac in Oregon had access to a 1923 GMC one ton truck and asked Lion Mike Kilkenny to be his co-pilot for the holiday parade. The 100-year-old truck didn't run really well, had no headlights or tail lights, and the brakes were marginal, but the adventurous Lions made it through the parade, guided by the lights of the pickup they followed. Leo Christopher Rankin in Lion costume kept the crowd entertained.

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Dalles Lions in Oregon drove a 100-year-old truck in the holiday parade.

In Illinois, the Bismarck Lions Club performed vision screenings at Bismarck-Henning Elementary School. Chartered in 1956, the club is busy planning their next fundraiser. The annual Pancake and Sausage Day will serve about 1,000 people in the Bismarck-Henning Elementary School gym, and pork products will also be for sale in their meat store. Proceeds will help the Lions purchase a vision screening machine.

In Ohio, the Westshore Lions Club accepted new and gently used winter coats for Coats for Kids at the public library and provided donors with holiday treats and a presentation on services for homeless youth.

The Emporia Lions in Kansas rang the red kettle bells for the Salvation Army and took in more than US$2,000 over six hours. Lions added another US$1,000.

In November of 1996, a local radio disc jockey challenged his listeners to donate turkeys to help those less fortunate.  The Visalia Breakfast Lions of California accepted that challenge and donated 25 turkeys.  The turkeys were purchased from member fines, which were then matched by the club, and the Turkey Drive became an annual project for the Breakfast Lions, growing each year. This year they donated 1,083 turkeys, 30 chickens, and 100 rotisserie cooked chickens.  Chickens were added after learning some people did not have the ability to cook a turkey. Corporate sponsors help with the cause and the turkeys are distributed through local organizations who work with those in need.

The Lemon Grove Lions in California partnered with the KFW Network and 13 Point Brewing to help make 2022’s Lemon Grove Toy Giveaway a success. More than 200 children received toys.

Twenty-six James City Lions in Virginia rang the red kettle bells for the Salvation Army, working 58 volunteer hours. Seven members of the James City club also collected 297 pounds of soft plastic from 111 residents on a cold morning, concluding their six-month period of recycling plastic with Trex. The Lions receive one bench every six months for their recycling efforts and after the next six-month period will provide a bench for a local elementary school.

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James City Lions Marla Boren and Gary Boxeth rang the bells for the Salvation Army in Virginia.

The Carrollton Host Lions in Texas celebrated the holiday season looking back at what they accomplished in 2022.  Over the year the club held a wine tasting, a golf tournament, a Christmas party for Special Education students, and monthly supported Metrocrest Services with donations and food for their pantry.

On Giving Tuesday the Avon Grove Lions in Pennsylvania donated 150 large Christmas gift bags to Oxford Neighborhood Services.  The bags will be used by the children's parents to take the toys the parents have selected home from the Christmas Toy Room.