Club News - May 2021

After several cancellations due to COVID-19, the Rocky Ford, Colorado Lions Club got to celebrate its 100th anniversary with a steak dinner. Guests of honor Truman Lusk and Ed Klute were named Lifetime Members of the Rocky Ford Lions Club for their years of service to the club and their community.

Rocky Ford Lions Club patch
COVID-19 delayed the Rocky Ford Lions 100th birthday celebration in Colorado, but finally their steak dinner and honors ceremony was well done.

For more than 30 years the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions and Eagle River Lions in Alaska sponsored an Easter egg hunt for 400 children in the Chugiak-Eagle River area. Because this year’s had to be cancelled, they got together and prepared more than 90 Easter baskets to be delivered by three bunnies to local children. Girls from the softball team, Leos, and Lions came together to organize and sort items.

The Boise Bench Lions of Idaho completed a riverbank cleanup in a wetlands area for the Boise River Enhancement Network, furthering their efforts to improve fishing habitat in a section of the river that runs through Barber Park. The Lions also collected 464 pounds of food for the Friendship Food Pantry, and donated 70 purses filled with personal items to Purses for a Purpose.

Woman kneels to pick up trash on a beach.
The Boise Beach Lions in Idaho cleaned up a riverbank.

The Boca Raton Lions Club in Florida received a donation of five cartons of used eyeglasses from the Rand Eye Institute of Deerfield Beach.

The Chester Lions Club in New Jersey organized a blood drive in partnership with New Jersey Blood Services.

In Illinois, the Breese Lions continued their work at the local Jaycees Park, adding more than US$5,000 of rip rock to the shoreline. They have also financed the fountain and a pedestrian bridge connecting two lakes, and paid for equipment needed on the city’s new fire truck.

Lake with a fountain
The Breese Lions in Illinois put rip rock around the lakes at a local park and financed a footbridge and fountain.

In Ohio, the Alexander Lions have been selling raffle tickets for their May 26 fundraiser where they will raffle 10 tons of gravel to be delivered and spread.

Group of people behind white pickup truck.
The Lemon Grove Lions in California picked up more than 1,000 pounds of trash in San Diego.

The Lemon Grove Lions in California joined in the “I Love A Clean San Diego's 19th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup,” picking up 1,240 pounds of trash in their area, including mattresses, clothes and a couch. They also shared news about their club at the opening day for their city's Little League, one of the Lions’ projects.

The Sun City Host Lions Club in Arizona had its annual yard sale at the Lions Club Foundation Building, selling everything from furniture to records and lamps that were donated by people who support the club’s charitable activities.

In British Columbia, the Comox Valley Monarch Lions Club’s inaugural bottle drive was a roaring success. The Monarch Lions were busy all day accepting, sorting, and tallying beverage containers for their fundraiser.

In Tennessee, the Fountain City Lions are applauding Lion Cheri Doane’s new children’s’ book, “Levi the Lion Cub.” A preschool teacher and author, Doane’s proceeds will benefit the East Tennessee Lions Eye Bank and LCIF.

In Illinois, the Batavia Lions Club prepared for their 39th annual plant sale fundraiser offering a variety of annuals. Charter members of the club founded in 1974, sold baskets of flowers.

The Heartland Lions Club in Vermont collected more than 1,500 pounds of recyclable plastic film, the equivalent of 121,500 plastic bags, for the Trex® Plastic Film Community Recycling Challenge. For each 500 pounds of reclaimed plastic film, Trex® donates a composite bench to the participating community organization. The Lions set a goal to earn a bench for each of the three libraries in their service area.  They are now collecting plastic to earn a fourth bench they plan to raffle to raise funds for their community service initiatives.

People stand behind a bench
The Heartland Lions in Vermont collected enough plastic to get a bench for each of three libraries.

The North Delta Lions in British Columbia were unable to continue theirs 52-year tradition of staging an Easter egg hunt because of Covid-19 restrictions, so they changed gears and distributed more than CAN$1,000 worth of chocolate to nearly 400 children through an Easter Egg Drive-Through in the parking lot of a local arena.


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