It is the last day of the first semester and the day before Christmas break. After a long day at school, we are picked up by our advisors at the two high schools to head to the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center for “Senior Power Hour.”
The season of giving is upon us. The local Lions organizations provide food and gifts for the Chugiak-Eagle River area each year. Chugiak Lions, Eagle River Lions and Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions bring a little bit of happiness to families in need each year.
In parts of the world, Santa arrives by sleigh, slides down chimneys or walks through front doors. But for people living in small island communities in the Aleutians, access to the mainland is limited — and children rarely have the chance to visit Santa.
The passing of Thanksgiving always marks the commencement of the holiday season. The mall offers extended hours, your job begins preparing for the annual Christmas party, and you go over your monthly budget for December trying to figure out just how you are going to afford this holiday season.
As the frosty, crisp air has begun to tingle our noses, the children rush through the park filled with anticipation for a bright Christmas. The bright lights that encircle the large pine tree in Town Square are turned on indicating it is the time of year to be joyous in the Winter Wonderland of Chugiak-Eagle River.
We have all been moved by the devastation in our own state, country — and now in the Philippines. Many here in Alaska have family members that are waiting for news of their safety. It will be many years before most of the people affected by recent tragedies will find life again as they knew it.
Time seems to fly by faster each year. It seems like yesterday we were playing baseball and football, hosting a rodeo, having family picnics and getting together to celebrate our independence at the Eagle River Lions Park.
As Veterans Day approaches, think about all of those who have given so much to keep all of us safe. We have so many in our community that believe in our country and keeping it secure.
Bullying is a serious problem among youth, especially as the use of mobile devices and social media takes bullying outside of the classroom and into children’s everyday lives.
The 46,000 Lions 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 who don’t have enough to eat and with people we may never meet.