As graduation time nears so do thoughts of going to college. How am I going to pay for it, is a discussion that many kids are having with their parents. One way to off set the growing cost of college is to apply for scholarships. There are numerous non-profit organizations, such as the Elks Club, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, VFW, Women in Business and a number of others. These organizations offer scholarships to those attending high school in our area. Whether you attend Chugiak or Eagle River High School, private high schools or are home schooled, you are eligible to be recipients of these scholarships. Many groups are going to the high schools within the next couple of weeks to review these folder, so the sooner that you submit your scholarship folder the more organizations are able to take a look at them.
Boy it is hard to catch your breath with all the fun activities during Fun Rondy. Now we have the annual Eagle River Lions Kids Fishing Derby, which will be held noon-3 p.m. March 15 at Finger Lake in Palmer.
Many of you may not know about the Fisher House. It is a comfortable “home away from home” for service members, veterans, and their family members located on JBER. It provides a warm and compassionate environment for families to heal and support each other while receiving treatment at local hospitals.
Lions are committed to their community in many ways. One way is developing our youth through leadership. Through our Leos program we mentor youth 13 to18 years old to assist them in making good choices and building their future.
Lions of Alaska District 49A, Spenard Lions Club, has donated $10,000 to the 2014 camp and is challenging all other local Lions and volunteers to meet that challenge.
There’s no better way to start the year than by saving sight and supporting youth. I am always impressed by the commitment and dedication Lions show in their project ideas towards helping their communities through vision screening.
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.
Once again, the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Club will be holding our Annual Valentine’s Scholarship Dinner and Auction on Feb. 8 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Eagle River Lions Club.
As we begin the new year, I have a heartwarming story of how Lions saved the sight of a young child in Ecuador. Lions across Alaska are very generous with their donations to Lions International for cure to blindness not only here but across the world.
WOW! The communities of Eagle River and Chugiak have done it again. You are truly amazing. You are the reason I could not leave after retiring from a career in the U.S. Coast Guard in 2008. Please accept my most heartfelt and compassionate thank you.