Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy New Year!

Another Lion year has come and gone....  I hope it was a good year for you and your club!

Here's some highlights from the Mendenhall Flying Lions during 2013-14:
  • Started the Lion year with 21 members and ended with 21; we added three and dropped three.  
  • July 4:  Set up a concession booth for the parade participants, providing coffee, water, and pastries for $1.00 each.  We made about $400 on that day.  
  • July 25:   Litter pick up.   
  • July 27:  Food Drive at Super Bear for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank.  We brought in over 639 pounds of food items!  
  • August 10:  A couple of us went to Prince of Wales with the District Governor to induct a Branch Club!  It was an honor to be there!
  • August 17:  Back to School Fair providing free vision screening.  
  • September 7:  Participated in our first Community Service Day where nonprofits and candidates came together.    
  • September 25:  Litter pick up.
  • October 12:  Alaska Health Fair
  • October 19:  Recycle for Sight Drive at the Nugget Mall.  We collected 155 pair of used glasses!  
  • November 2:  Barbecue and Dessert Auction.  We sold 306 pounds of ribs and made about $4,200! 
  • November 16:  Lions Packs Drive.  This was our debut project.  We asked the community for help and they donated over 100 gently-used backpacks!  
  • November 23:  Helped out at the Food Bank.
  • December 20:  Our annual Light Flight event!  We made approximately $11,410!  
  • December 21:  Ring the Salvation Army Bell. 
  • January 25:  Social at Lion Neil's home.
  • March 8:  Juneau Community Health Fair.
  • March 15:  Our first New Member Orientation with Lions Tommy, Soapy, Steve, and Nancy.  
  • March 22:  Helped the Juneau Club with Gold Medal.  
  • April 11-12:  Skagway Child Find and Health Fair vision screening
  • April 18:  Gustavus vision screening
  • April 26:  Yakutat vision screening
  • May 16:  Our debut Bicycle Safety Rodeo.  Great fun! 
  • May 28:  Litter pick up.
  • Provided vision screening to 1,323 with 209 referrals!  This included health fairs, preschool and kindergarten classes, as well as villages in Southeast.  We did most of the screenings ourselves, but we also loaned our PlusOptix out to trained public health nurses and others in the community.  
We also designed our first club pin since 1996!

I hope I didn't miss anything as every single project, good deed, and humanitarian effort has value and helps our community.  Keep up the good work, Lions!

We Serve!
Lion Nancy

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