The phrase echoed through the gym at the Woodland Park Boys and Girls Club on Friday to announce results for the 2013 Alaska Youth of the Year. Each year, teens from Boys and Girls Clubs throughout Alaska come together to share stories about their Boys and Girls Club experience with other teens, state and local leaders, and Club staff. Two teens are selected to represent Alaska in a regional event held in California in the spring, with a national event to follow. The Alaska Youth of the Year Finalists receive a college savings bond sponsored by the University of Alaska College Savings Plan, Boys and Girls Clubs of Alaska, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula and Tupperware.
It is that time of year again for the Annual Eagle River Lions FREE Kids Ice Fishing Derby! Lion Pat Mahoney has been chairing this project for 15 years and has seen thousands of young children with red cheeks and smiling proud faces, holding up their fish to have them measured with the hopes of getting a great prize.
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.
As a continuation on the series of my diabetes awareness segments, I’d like to let the community know about Camp K. Camp K is nestled along the shores of Kenai Lake near Cooper Landing. The camp provides one of Alaska’s most rustic and natural settings where campers can explore the wild world around them. It is a residential camp where campers and staff live on-site during their stay. There are new bunkhouses which overlook the spruce forests along Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing.
One of my favorite community activities is playing bingo with our local seniors. Spending time with the residents of the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center is heartwarming. Every second Monday at 1:30 p.m., you will find the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions playing bingo with the seniors.
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.
The Sleeping Lady Mt. Lions Club will be holding our annual Valentine’s Dinner and Auction on February 9 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.
It twas one early crisp morning during spring break up when a very elderly lady was confronted with not one, but a whole pack of Lions, and her life was to be forever changed.
As part of this year’s “In A World of Service” theme, Lion’s International President Wayne Madden is challenging Lions to participate in the Reading Action Program to focus on increasing literacy and access to learning resources through their service. Literacy — the ability to read and write — is the foundation for education and social development. Yet hundreds of millions of adults lack minimum literacy skills and millions of school-aged children are not attending school to obtain them.