Lions Corner: A century of service

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 10:35

Lions are celebrating our 100th Anniversary. As we do this we look back at our 100 years of service in our state. We will be celebrating our Multiple District Convention the last weekend in April — “A Centennial of Miracles.”

In 1940 Lions come to Alaska as specifically a men’s organization. It was not until 1987 that women could be full members. Here is a short list of what Lions have done:

• Purchased the first ambulance, then drove it up the ALCAN - know as Little Red.

• Spent $1 million to relocate Port Lions after the 1964 earthquake

• Purchased two bloodmobiles and a blood aerator for the Alaska Blood Bank - donated over $200,000 for the new blood center

•71st year of the Juneau Lions Gold Metal Basketball Tournament

• Purchased an ambulance for Bethel

• Purchased equipment for fire departments

• Purchased police dogs

• Purchased five PTSD dogs for veterans this year

• Paid for a fresh water well for Newtok this year

Creating a lasting legacy for others is important. Lions do this every day through service that benefits their communities. As part of our Centennial Celebration, clubs are also encouraged to undertake a Legacy Project that will have a meaningful impact on their communities in the years to come.

You can make an impact by making a gift to Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) through you estate. Legacy gift to LCIF support the work of Lions by providing financial resources for critical global and local humanitarian initiatives. There are many different ways to ensure your lasting legacy through LCIF or other organizations that support your interests.

I could keep you here for hours telling you about what amazing work your local Lions do in dedication to service of our communities and state. If you would like to learn more about Lions visit www.lionsclubs.org, www.eagleriverlions.com, www.sleepingladylions.com or find us on Facebook. If none of those work and you like the old fashion way, call me at (907) 242-1129.

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