One of the many passions of Lions District 49A is Camp K, which is a diabetes camp for youth ages 7-17 located in Cooper Landing. Lions clubs throughout Alaska are asked to provide a scholarship and “adopt” one youth to send to camp each year. We have also encouraged our Leos to participate in the program and support one of their peers living with diabetes. Each year Lions and Leos step up to the challenge to provide scholarships in the amount of $400 per youth.
Each year the Lions International Youth Camp and Lions International Exchange Program introduce young people to life in other cultures by helping them travel abroad. Each Youth Camp and Exchange program include an extended stay hosted by one of our many international clubs. The youths are from 13 countries across Europe and the Middle East: Italy, Belgium, Germany, Poland, France, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Israel, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Lions across the area came out for Lions Days at Mountain View Lions Park on July 14th for Camp Abilities. There were about 85 Lions, campers, their families and volunteers showing up on a perfect day to be outside. We had seven past district governors and one current second vice district governor attend the event for a total of about 28 lions. This is one on the many projects that is very special to your local lions. The Spenard Lions Club donated $10,000 to the 2014 camp and challenged all other local Lions and volunteers to meet that challenge. Each of your local lions clubs do provide support to Camp Abilities in various ways from financial support, volunteering their time as the cooks or volunteering during camp. There is no charge for the campers to attend through the lion donations and fundraising. Each year the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions provide the campers on their final night with a dinner of pizza and ice cream sundaes. The experienced campers look forward to that treat each year.
“Caution Bears Working” was the theme this year. If you missed the Bear Paw Pageant last Thursday night, you missed a good time. There were 14 contestants showing us their style and creativity with costumes and skits related to an Alaskan theme.
A different story of Independence. Many of you don’t think about your “Independence” if you become blind. It vital to your eyesight that you take care of your eyes by having an eye exam each year, Maintain a healthy diet so you don’t lose your independence.
Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world. Our 1.35 million members -- who perform community service in 208 countries and geographic areas -- are different in many ways, but share a core belief: community is what you make it.
In July, the Eagle River Lions will again be hosting two of their largest events of the whole year, the annual Independence Day Extravaganza, and a great three-day Bear Paw Rodeo put on by Rodeo Alaska.
Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event. It’s a life-changing event, and a day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to stop diabetes and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association.
Lions across Alaska and Canada just returned home from our Multiple District Convention. When asked to fill out the survey, I gave it four stars out of five. This was pretty much a business meeting, a lot of roll calls, committee reports, taking care of business; a lot of boring details. But was it boring? I didn’t think so. I stayed awake through the whole thing anyway. But I’m still considered a “new” Lion as I’ve not had my one-year anniversary yet and I want to learn as much as I can. I want to question what is being said and done and why so I understand. Yet, others might find this all too boring.
Want a chance to have fun with friends – and make new ones? Have an opportunity to make your community a better place? Alpha Leo Clubs are for young people just like you – active, social and fun. You can develop leadership skills, serve your community and, more than anything, and have a good time. If this sounds like your kind of adventure, the next step is up to you. Alpha Leos are ages 12-18 years old.