Our 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members make us the world’s largest service club organization. We’re also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need eyeglasses, with seniors, community members needing assistance and with people we may never meet.
This fall the Eagle River Lions Club will be celebrating their 50th anniversary as a participant in the Eagle River Community. Having served twice as president of the club.
School is back in session, the fall sports season is in high gear, and the homework is abundant.
It seems as I was born to be a Lion. As a child, the Lions Park was my playground and I ran around the Lions Den while my dad worked projects for his club, the Eagle River Lions. When I was old enough, I helped my dad behind the scenes on different Lions projects. After years of unofficially helping the Lions, I was approached with an opportunity to help my community through a Leo’s Club that was forming.
If you attended the Bear Paw Parade, you probably saw the Lions’ Vision and Eye Screening Trailer go by you, with Lions and Leos marching alongside, handing out candy to the kids and having a blast along the way. Now, those same Lions and Lions clubs from around the state are organizing together to provide free eye screening at the Alaska State Fair.
Each year, the Lions International Youth Camp and Exchange Program introduces young people to life in other cultures by helping them travel abroad. Each Youth Camp and Exchange includes an extended stay hosted by one of our many international clubs. As a participant in the international student exchange program, youth ages 15-21 will: live with a family in another country; meet people their age from around the world and learn about the bonds we all share — and the differences we respect in each other no matter where we live.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, the Sleeping Lady Lions and the Eagle River Rotary are teaming up to bring the community an opportunity to hear from the candidates that are vying for our votes. This will be the last opportunity the community has to engage the Senate and House candidates, in one location, prior to the August primary. The event is Aug. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lions Club, located at Lions Park in Eagle River. The event is free to attend and is open to all members of the public.
A trio of local community organizations will host an area-wide candidates forum on Aug. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Eagle River Lions Club.
With the arrival of August also comes the promise of blooming fireweed and the anticipation of a new school year, the state fair and hunting season. Before we all settle into our fall routine, now is a great time to explore opportunities to give a little back to the community we call home. Whether you decide to pick up trash on the side of the road, in a park, or your neighbor’s backyard, the Sleeping Lady Lions would like you to consider stopping in at a Lions’ club meeting or checking out the Eagle River Area Rotary Club. Both organizations are dedicated to service and make everyone who walks in the door feel like they are among friends.
Each year, Lions clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. For 25 years, more than four million children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest. Each year’s art contest for kids consists of an original theme incorporating peace. Participants use a variety of mediums, including charcoal, crayon, pencil and paint, to express the theme. The works created are unique and express the young artists’ life experiences and culture.