- Published: 18 March 2018 18 March 2018
The 2018 Green Mountain Lions Camp is rapidly approaching.
This year the GMLC teen session will run from July 1st thru 13th, with the youth session will running from July 15th thru the 21st. GMLC Committee members gathered in Rutland on February 24th to plan this year’s camper activities and begin the hiring process that will ensure the camp is fully staffed with highly qualified counselors. Tri-Chairpersons Lion Brian Steckley, Lion Gia Vadnais, and Lion Patricia Johnston-McWilliams, RN have also made plans for another “Lions Work Day” at the camp on June 9th from 10am until 4pm. Last year’s work day accomplished a huge amount of spring clean-up activities to help make the camp safe and ready. It also did a tremendous job of building trust and strengthening our partnership between Lions and facility owners. Mark your calendars for June 9th and bring all your spring cleaning skills. We certainly hope to see as many Lions there as possible. The lunch alone will be worth the trip!
In other news our thanks go out to the GMLC Calcutta co-chairs PDG Betsy MaGee and PCT Loreen Teer for hosting another successful Calcutta to benefit our camp. This year’s 1st place winner was Colchester Lion Carmelita Belisle taking home $1,000. Our 2nd place winners Steven and Connie Weston brought home a great Geiger jacket. The 3rd annual Region 1 GMLC Calcutta was held on March 3rd at the Essex Junction Post 6689 VFW with approximately 80 in attendance. Thanks to all who attended, donated prizes and worked on the event. The kids at camp truly appreciate everyone’s efforts on their behalf. Next up on the GMLC fundraising front – The Lions Twin State Soccer tournament July 21st at Castleton University. Join the fun on the soccer field if you aren’t at the Green Mountain Lions Camp.
- Published: 25 February 2018 25 February 2018
Thanks Castleton Lions for great fun making memories with family and friends on a beautiful Vermont day!
Castleton Lion’s Annual Ice Fishing Derby celebrated a 40th birthday on February 17th and 18th with hundreds of fishers, families, and friends at Crystal Beach on Lake Bomoseen. The weekend event followed an unusual winter thaw just days prior, but conditions on the ice were excellent. Competitors vied for the heaviest catch of Bass, Pike, Perch or Trout.
This year Fred Shaw of Whitehall, NY caught the winning Perch; angler Matt Muratorri of Hydeville, VT brought in the top Trout; Randy Shaw of Benson, VT wrestled in the leading Northern Pike; meanwhile hometown hero Kylie Eagan of Castleton, VT bagged the winning Bass. See top four in each class here.
- Published: 24 February 2018 24 February 2018
D45 Clubs are making a difference one meal at a time
Colchester Lions collected 486.64 pounds of food and public donations of $859.92 toward additional food.
Essex Junction Lions with cub scout assistance collected 1,840 pounds of food and $228.62 donated from the public towardadditional food.
Georgia Lions assisted by Boy Scouts Collected 560 pounds of food and public donations of $810 toward additional food.
Heartland Lions collected 40 pounds food for Royalton, Sharon and Tunbridge.
Vergennes Lions assisted by Cub Scouts collected 2,700 pounds of food and public donations of $363 toward additional food.
Norshaft Lions went above and beyond! 25 members put in more than 500 hours and collected 8,300 lbs! They partnered with Shaftsbury School, North Bennington Graded School, The Bank of Bennington, Peckham Precast, NSK Engineering Systems, Price Chopper Supermarkets, and Poulin Grain Store. With such generous donations Norshaft Lions served 3 food pantries and 1 animal shelter.
- Published: 18 February 2018 18 February 2018
Lions Ease Hunger
Londonderry Tri- Mountain Lions Club held a “Food From The Heart“ food drive at Clark’s IGA in Londonderry on February 17th. Lions collected over 400lbs of food, cleaning supplies, hygiene products and $100.00 for the Neighbor’s Pantry in Londonderry. Thank you to Clark's IGA for all your help and to all who generously donated. The Tri-Mountain Lions club serves the communities surrounding Stratton, Bromley and Magic Mountains.
- Published: 03 February 2018 03 February 2018
Flood relief efforts are ongoing in Swanton and Highgate.
Story by WCAX - Ice jams on the Missisquoi river caused significant flooding, forcing residents from their homes. While the waters have receded, many suffered damage to property and belongings.
Operation Flood Relief is underway. The Swanton-Missisquoi Valley Lions Club held the event the weekend of February 3rd. “Residents have been very grateful very appreciative that our assistance is there,” Souza said. The club received $10,000 from the Lions Club International Foundation(LCIF) disaster relief fund, and an additional $6,000 from the Vermont Lions Charities and other Lions clubs throughout the state, to buy supplies for victims of flooding last month.
Relief includes “A box full of cleaning supplies that includes bleach, and the necessary cleaning supplies to help with the flood cleanup projects. They're also going to get food which has canned goods, cereals, water, and some necessary foods” said Souza. “This is a big deal it’s great that we grouped together as the Lions to get this much money to help with this assistance. It’s really a goal of everybody, to work for the community,” Souza said. Watch the video from WCAX
- Published: 18 January 2018 18 January 2018
Grace Cottage Patients Benefit from Vermont Lions Donation
Several members of Vermont Lions Clubs from throughout Vermont and Vermont Lions Charities presented a check to Grace Cottage Hospital on Wednesday, January 17th in the amount of $13,250 to complete the hospital's effort to fund four new generators for Grace Cottage Hospital’s campus.
The donation was the result of an interesting sequence of events. Taylor Young at WCAX-TV (Channel 3, Burlington) had seen Grace Cottage’s Facebook post about the fundraising campaign for four generators, which would enable the hospital to continue operations during power outages. Taylor traveled to Townshend to do a story, which aired three times on WCAX on January 8th. Way up on the Vermont/Canadian border, Connie Laplume of the Troy & Area Lions Club saw the WCAX newscast, and e-mailed Vermont Lions Charities President Stan Patch, who also saw the story air on WCAX and put out a statewide plea. As a result, a $10,000 donation was made from Vermont Lions Charities, with the balance coming from the Troy & Area Lions Club, Valley Lions Club, and Londonderry Tri-Mountain Lions Club.
- Published: 18 January 2018 18 January 2018
Learning about how Lions can fight Diabetes
Our very special guest speaker at a recent Vergennes Lions meeting was Colin Foster. Colin was joined by his father, Mark Foster, and he spoke to the club about his Type 1 Diabetes and how it has affected his life. Colin’s parents acquired a German Shepard that is trained to detect the changes in smell when Colin has a sugar high or low, and alert Colin and those around. Their efforts to find the best dog for this job sent them to Germany, and they ended up buying the whole litter. Colin attended Camp Joslin, a summer camp in Massachusetts operated by the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, specifically for youth that live with Type 1 Diabetes. Many Lions clubs sponsor diabetic youth to attend camp Joslin, or the Vermont Overnight Camp also operated by the Barton Center right here in South Hero, VT on the camp Ta-Kum-Ta camp grounds. This year's Vermont Overnight Camp will be July 8-13 2018.