The Sleeping Lady Mt. Lions Club will be holding our annual Valentine’s Dinner and Auction on Feb. 14 from 6 until 10 p.m. We would like to extend an invitation to the community to attend our fundraiser and support our efforts to provide local high school graduates with scholarships.
Aren’t we fortunate as Alaskans to be able to plan on a Permanent Fund Dividend check again this year? As you apply for your PFD between now and the March 31 deadline, remember that you can choose to give some of it to the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and more than 300 other charities serving our neighbors.
Lions Clubs International President Joe Preston is inviting Lions around the world to celebrate the birthday of Melvin Jones on Jan. 13 by serving their communities. To honor the legacy of our founder, Lions around the world are invited to join the Worldwide Week of Service on Jan. 10-16, 2015. I would like to invite you in our community to join us.
Each year the Eagle River Lions gather food supplies from the local elementary school to assist in the preparation of 50 food baskets for the needy in our community. All with the can and dried goods, they provide each family with gift cards to purchase the meat of their choice. Our community was very supportive of this request for assistance allowing our club to provide the families with meals for the holiday seaon. Chugiak Lions raised money and provided food baskets to the Chugiak Children Services for each of their families to enjoy the holidays.
A few days ago it was Christmas morning. For many people, excitement and smells of a holiday feast filled the air. Gifts were nestled under the tree wrapped in brightly colored paper and bows. Children were wide-eyed in awe of what was inside the box that had their name on it. Dazzling lights and sounds of jingle bells provided a backdrop to this much anticipated moment. It was a time for family and friends to come together, exchange gifts, feast, and for many to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
More than 73 years ago, three Lions from Detroit, Mich. had a dream that they could build a school to train dogs for people who are blind or visually impaired. Lions from all over the world helped this dream come true. Over 14,500 people have left Leader Dog, walking proudly, safely and independently with a Leader Dog harness in their left hand full of Lion love in the form of a guide dog.
At this special time of year we want you to know we are thinking of you and we are sending you this note to wish you and your family all the best that life can be! May your Christmas be bright and merry.
It is upon us, the “holiday season.” That time of hustle and bustle of finding that special gift for that special someone. The time to spend with family and friends sharing the fellowship of the holidays.
As we sit back with our stomachs full from our Thanksgiving dinners and all of the leftovers, you might not know that one in seven children in our State struggle with hunger. Lions across the world are banning together during December and January to help relieve that problem.