A Place to Serve
Each fall as I look out my windows in South Fork Eagle River and down the Eagle River Valley I am always amazed by mother natures’ wonder. The snow is on the high peaks and the fall colors are abundant. This community of Lions serves in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
I know all of you are in survival mode as you think about being prepared for the winter but I hope you will take five minutes and think about a new project that would enhance your life by joining one of the three Lions clubs, Chugiak Lions, Eagle River Lions, or the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions. If you have children ages 13-18, think about letting them join the Leo club. All the clubs have started their new year with new leadership who are excited about finding ways to serve our community.
Each year the Lions and Leos are busy with a myriad of activities in the community that provide them with a sense of enjoyment, fellowship and gratification of giving. When you meet someone who says they are a lion, ask them why they give so much of their time to the community? My guess is the answer the majority of the time is not just helping others in need, but the joy you feel that maybe, just maybe you made a better day for someone who was down on their luck, or had a tragedy in their life.
Each year we are challenged to increase our membership. This year is the Just Ask campaign to bring in new membership. Ask your friends colleagues, co-workers, neighbors, etc. Well, I’d like you to challenge a Lion with asking why they find joy and find so much gratification with being a lion. My assumption is they will tell you it is the feeling they feel inside themselves that keeps them giving each year.
While it would be hard for me to list all of the clubs’ projects, here are a few that just might be of interest to you: collecting and recycling eye glasses and ink cartridges; vision screening at local health fairs, schools and the State Fair; food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas; gifts for local children at Christmas; Wounded Warrior Project; Relay For Life; cancer fundraisers for locals in need; the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Lions Park; 3rd of July Celebration, canned food drives; scholarship fundraisers; medical assistances; financial assistances, etc. While I was away, I heard the Eagle River rodeo was a huge success with enjoyment by all who participated and worked.
These various projects helped not only our community but benefited many people in overseas disasters. Lions and Leos are always willing to help others in need by being aware of where our community needs help.
You have an open invitation to come visit a club meeting and find out what Lions, or Leos are about and find A Place To Serve. Here are our various meeting times and places:
Bear Mountain Leos – Boys and Girls Club Thursdays 4PM
Chugiak Lions – Chugiak Senior Center 2nd and 4th Monday 7PM
Eagle River Lions – Eagle River Lions Park 1st and 3rd Thursdays 7PM
Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions – Lions Park 1st and 3rd Mondays 7PM