Juneau Empire: “Light Flights,” a fundraiser organized by Coastal Helicopters and the Juneau Mendenhall Flying Lions Club, are scheduled to take place on Friday between 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Gate 1 in the North Wing of the Airport Terminal Building, lower level. Tickets go on sale starting at 3 p.m.
Tickets are a $30 donation per person and only 300 tickets will be made available. "Every year we get asked if we will take reservations. This event is on a first-come basis. Once we ticket our quota, we will close ticket sales for the evening,” Donna Hurley, President of the Mendenhall Flying Lions, said.
Juneau residents are invited to head to the airport for the annual helicopter ride that will take passengers over the Mendenhall Valley to view Christmas lights. “This is a magical time for people of all ages,” said Hurley.
The flight begins at the Juneau Airport and goes toward the Mendenhall Glacier, and back to the airport. It’s a short helicopter ride, but long enough to bring the same residents back every year for another ride. All flights are weather permitting.
Helicopters are provided by Coastal Helicopters and all Coastal personnel, including pilots, mechanics and admin, donate their time for these flights. Petro Marine donates the fuel for this event.
Proceeds from this fundraising event go toward the Children’s Tumor Foundation and Lions Club projects.
For more information, contact Coastal Helicopters at 789-5600 or Soapy Lingle at 723-4121.
We lost another Lion..... Lion Dr. Bruce Wing passed away December 8.
Fifty-one years ago, Juneau became a better place. That is when Lion Bruce joined the Glacier Valley Lions Club. In October 2015 we celebrated his 50 years of service to our community.
Although he started out at Glacier Valley Lions Club, he transferred to the Mendenhall Flying Lions when that club closed their charter.
In October 2015, we had an intimate dinner filled with laughter and good times.
Lion President Mike Norton proclaimed Lion Bruce as "Lion King for the Day" and presented Lion Bruce with International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada's pin and a Distinguished Lion award from the Juneau Mendenhall Flying Lions Club.
When asked what he has enjoyed most about being a Lion, he said working on the Joint Sight Conservation Committee for so many years. (This program recycles used eyeglasses for re-distribution around the world as well as offers financial assistance for eye exams and glasses for those in need.)
When asked what his secret was for staying a Lion for so many years,
Lion Bruce simply said, "You get started. You stay with it. Forever."
And here he stayed.
And we're glad he did.
Rest in peace, Lion Bruce.
Thank you for your service and commitment to the community of Juneau and Southeast.
Our Lion year runs July 1 through June 30. We start the year running, lining up schools, home schools, and pre-schools to offer free vision screening to children.
When we screen a child's eye, we let the PlusOptix screener do the work. We aren't medical professionals and don't diagnose. But the computer will identify any abnormalities in a child's eye and give a report of REFER if it found something wrong.
So far this year, we have screened at the following locations:
Auke Bay Elementary School (preschoolers): screened 107 children with 7 referrals
Infant and Baby Fair: screened 37 infants and toddlers with 4 referrals
Faith Community Christian School: screened 53 children with 14 referrals
Gastineau Elementary School: screened 120 preschool, kindergarten, first graders, and miscellaneous other children that had questionable eyesight with 19 referrals
Glacier Valley Elementary School: screened 213 children with 42 referrals
Haines Elementary School, Haines, Alaska: Screened 137 children with 9 referrals
Harborview Elementary: screened 121 preschool to kindergarten with 23 referrals
Harborview Montesorri: screened 51 preschool and 1st graders with 3 referrals
Head Start Faith Lutheran: screened 37 with 2 referrals
Head Start Pioneers Home: screened 15 with 4 referrals
Head Start Mendenhall School: screened 15 with 3 referrals
Juneau Community Charter School: screened 79 with 14 referrals
Juneau Co-Op Preschool: screened 37 with 1 referral
Raven Home School: screened 9 with 2 referrals
Riverbend Elementary: screened 260 children with 53 referrals
KEET Elementary, Sitka, Alaska: screened 354 children with 27 referrals
Valley Baptist Academy: screened 79 with 7 referrals
Wrangell Elementary: screened 73 children with 17 referrals
Total screened and referred the first half of the Lion year: 1,797 with 251 referrals.
WHEN: Friday, December 16 TIME: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
COST: $30.00 per person
TIME: Ticket sales start approximately 3:30 p.m.
Santa arrives on first helicopter around 4:15 p.m.
First helicopter to depart approximately 4:30 p.m. and will run until 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Main terminal Juneau Airport (at the small plane counters, North end)
This is a magical event, one children and adults love! We hear some passengers say they've participated every year; one lady checked it off her Bucket List; one group of young adults celebrated a birthday. Kids leave scared and smiling when they return.
Details are still being worked out but if you're interested in taking part of this annual event,be sure to show up early! We've been told the number of passengers has been decreased this year and ticket sales could close early once that number has been reached.
For more information, watch for the public service announcement in the Juneau Empire. We will also have a representative from Coastal Helicopters and the Lions on Capital Chat on Wednesday, December 14, and on KTOO at 3:00 p.m. Fliers will be posted on bulletin boards around town.