Even though the Lions Club did not meet this month, we continue to carry on serving our community wherever we can. This month (January) Lions District 41 is conducting a “Souper Bowl” fundraiser, collecting all sorts of nonperishable soups, chowders, stews, etc., for local food pantries. The club collecting the most items will receive $100, which in turn can also be donated to their local food pantry.
Teresa Tess was the winner of our Christmas Gnome Tree laden with $300 of scratch tickets. She informed us that she netted $108 from the tickets. We presented a check to the Boothbay Region Food Pantry in the amount of $3,100, a combination of money raised from the Christmas raffle and donations received on Men’s Night.
I was recently reading our District Newsletter, and even though I have been a Lions member for a few years, I was amazed at what Lions Club International contributes as a worldwide organization. LCIF continues to fund through grants to our other seven Empowering Services: Vision, Youth, Humanitarian Relief, Diabetes, Childhood Cancer, Hunger, and the environment. By June 30, LCIF had provided Constitutional Unit 1 nearly 70 grants and more than $850,000 for COVID-19 relief efforts. Last year alone, LCIF mobilized more than $7.5 million for Lions service for natural disasters.
As our local Boothbay Lions Club begins a new year, we look forward to putting our heads together to find new ways to increase membership (we would love to see new faces) and serve our community, even as we continue face difficulties with COVID-19 restrictions.
Our next meeting will be Feb. 10 at the East Boothbay Fire Station at 6 p.m.
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