- Published: 19 April 2018 19 April 2018
Many thanks from Special Olympics
On behalf of the athletes of Addison County Special Olympics, we thank the Middlebury Lions Club for their generous donation which will help to provide opportunity for 65 athletes to demonstrate their abilities. Special Olympics Vermont offers year round sports training and competition opportunities in 13 Olympic-type sports. Through sports training and competition the athletes develop physical skills and healthy life habits, but most important have fun. Friendships made and the sportsmanship demonstrated, brings smiles to the athletes, the volunteers, the coaches, and the parents. As every Special Olympian knows; “Let Me Win, But if I Cannot Win, Let Me Be Brave in the Attempt.
Be sure to look at the volunteer opportunities available with Vermont Special Olympics. The "Opening Eyes program" of the Vermont Special Olympics is again looking for Lions volunteers. Check out their invitation here.
- Published: 19 April 2018 19 April 2018
Story reposted from the 7/10/17 edition of the Addison Independent
Courtesy of the Addison Independent
By Will Digravio
High-tech glasses help blind woman ‘see’
Lions gift restoring her independence
Thirty years ago, Louise Wright was told she would become blind. Four years ago, she did lose her sight completely, and began training herself to live as fully as possible in her new world of darkness. Thanks to a unique piece of technology she received, the Middlebury woman is regaining some measure of independence.
- Published: 17 April 2018 17 April 2018
Story courtesy of the Addison Independent
- Published: 09 April 2018 09 April 2018
Vergennes Words for Thirds
Members of the Vergennes Lions Club last month handed out dictionaries to the 30 third graders at Vergennes Union Elementary School and to the 17 combined second- and third-graders at the Addison Central School. This program has been going on for a number of years in Ferrisburgh with the donors there being the local Grange. When Brandon-Forestdale Lion Mary Shields switched from Ferrisburgh to Vergennes this year, she suggested the Vergennes Lions might want to give the other children in the Addison Northwest School District the same opportunity. Her previous club has been doing this for a number of years in the Brandon area, and teachers there say the dictionaries help the students in their learning. The Lions Club members who handed out the dictionaries, with the individual students names in them, said it was one of the most enjoyable things they have done. The Lions talked about what their organization does locally, statewide and around the world through it’s 1.4 million members. The students were very attentive, asked good questions, and many commented on what their own family does to help others.
- Published: 08 April 2018 08 April 2018
Family fun at Bayside Park
Colchester Lions Club, in partnership with Colchester Parks & Recreation, sponsored the annual Easter egg hunt at Bayside Park. Children were separated by two age groups: 4 and under hunted Lower Bayside Park, ages 5 -8 hunted Upper Bayside Park. Over 3000 eggs were 'stuffed' 'hidden' and 'found' during this event. The 'Easter Bunny' arrived, giving photo opportunities for the children making memories that will last for a long time. The Colchester Lions Club also hosted its annual food drive for the Colchester Community Food Shelf, collecting just shy of 250 pounds of food, with an undetermined amount of cash donations.
The Colchester Lions Club would like to thank the Colchester High School Honor Society and the Colchester Boy Scout Troop 601 for their assistance over the weekend. The club would also like to thank the St. Michael's Fire and Rescue for having a 'special connection' to the Easter Bunny. Thanks to Colchester Parks and Recreation for their continued support of this great event. Please see Colchester Lions Club Facebook page for more photos.
- Published: 04 April 2018 04 April 2018
Norshaft Lions held their annual 'Night for Sight' dinner dance at the Elks Lodge in Bennington, Vermont on Saturday, March 24th. This all-ages event raises money to benefit training of seeing-eye dogs. Seeing-eye dogs and puppies in training are featured at the event and the Puppy Kissing Booth is a huge hit every year!
This year Norshaft Lions were joined by PDG Ken Emery, PDG Pamela Nichols, and Lion Jackie Dutil to help celebrate a most successful milestone - Bennington County has now been named as a “new puppy raising community”!
- Published: 03 April 2018 03 April 2018
Happy Easter, Help Your Neighbors!
26 members of the Middlebury Lions Club completed their annual “Food from the Heart” food drive on the Saturday before Easter. The food drive is conducted in support of the CVOEO and HOPE food shelves. Once again our community demonstrated their outstanding generosity by donating just over 2.5 tons of food in only 6 hours. One community resident filled an entire shopping cart with goods to donate. Other community members preferred to quietly donate cash in lieu of goods. The Middlebury Lions also added their own cash contribution; making a total cash gift of $2,000 to be shared between our Middlebury food pantries. Many thanks go out to our area grocers: Hannaford, Kinney Drugs, Middlebury Natural Foods CO-OP, Pratt's Store, and Shaw’s. Half of the goods were delivered to CVOEO that same day. “Thank you Middlebury Lions! 1,983 pounds of food gathered in food drive for our food shelf in Middlebury” says the CVOEO website alongside a photo of a huge pile of foods and smiling Lions. The remainder of the food was delivered to the HOPE food shelf on April 2nd.