What a tremendous community we are lucky enough to live in! the fundraiser that was pulled together in a short amount of time for Anne Roberts on Friday, Sept. 21 was a giant success! Anne has been a longtime Eagle River and Chugiak resident for many years and raised four children in this community. Two months ago, she learned the breast cancer she fought and beat 10 years ago had returned, only this time it turned out to be a very rare form of breast cancer and she was flown to Seattle for treatment. Anne will be receiving treatment in Seattle for the next 2-3 months. To help with her medical costs, her colleagues at Prudential Vista Real Estate planned a fundraiser to help her.
As a follow-up article related to the Leo program run by the Sleeping Lady Mountain Loins, I would like to introduce you to the Bear Mountain Leos.
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.