Aberdeen Lions Make a Difference.....
The Lions Club of Aberdeen, Washington serving the people of the community for SEVENTY THREE YEARS continues to address the needs of the greater Grays Harbor community.
In the mid sixties, the Aberdeen Lions Club was one of the first to step forward with help in creating the Pioneer Park Baseball complex and continues to support the Aberdeen Lions Little League team.
In the summer of 1977 under the leadership of Lion architect Will Foster, the Aberdeen Lions built and helped fund the seating area of the Driftwood Theatre. Lions members donated their time and labor to hammer, saw, and construct the entire 180 seat facility.
Today it gives back to the community 5 Scholorships every year, eyeglasses and hearing aids to qualifying persons. The club addopts families at Christmas time. The Club gives completely refurbished bicycles to the underpriviledged children and adults that qualify. The club Sponsors medical eye missions to third world countries.
Newspaper Reclycling Project
Working one or two hours every other Tuesday morning at 8:15 AM, the Lions Club paper crew of eight to twelve members loads up to three tons of newspapers and magazines into a 52 foot semi-trailer for transport to a recycling firm in Longview. Being one of the biggest fund-raising projects of the club allows us to provide financial support for the many charities we support throughout the year. Those include the local food and clothing banks, the Union Gospel Mission, Salvation Army, Women & Children shelter, and several local projects.
Sight and Hearing
The Aberdeen Lions Club participates the first week-end every May in the "White Cane Days" which raises about $3,000 which is given to the Northwest Sight Foundation which includes the largest Eye Bank in the country. The money also goes toward the expenses for the Lions Mobile Screen Van which travel throughtout the Northwest providing free health screening for vision, hearing, diabetes and blood pressure.
The Aberdeen Lions, under the guildance of club's Sight chairman, Dr. Scott Berken, have provided thousands of eye examinations and glasses through the years for those in the the community who are in need. The club also supports the EyeCare WeCare Foundation who's President / Founder is immediate past president of our club. Lion Dr. Jim Weyrich. He and his wife, Lion Ellen, travels to remote villages using a mobile clinic (converted bus) in the Philippines twice a year and every year provides about 4,500 free eye examinations, about 150 cataract surgeries, about 4,500 eyeglasses and eye medications to the rural poor. The Aberdeen Lions have also provided many less fortunate people in Aberdeen and surrounding areas with hearing aids in conjunction with the Norhwest Sight and Hearing Foundation. The club hearing aids chairman for this program in Mike O'Connor.
Bicycles from Heaven
A project we inherited from the former Kiwanis Club has given over 1600 bicycles to needy harbor children and adults. With the dedicated effort of members Jim Noggles, , LaMont Shillinger and Gene Schermer. They collect, secure, store, and transport used bicycles to the Stafford Creek Correction Center where they are refurbished into almost new condition. Our Lions Club funds the purchase of the necessary parts for the repairs. They are then distributed to the needy in Grays Harbor. The smiles and tears from the young people after recieving these bicycles is priceless
Relay for Life
Our King Lion (President) Craig Anneberg is the Aberdeen Lions Relay for Life Chairperson. The Aberdeen Lions enthusiastically supports the American Cancer Society Grays Harbor Relay for Life! We raise $8,000 plus each year with our solicitation letters and by selling cotton candy and glowing trinkets at our store during the Relay each year. We have a campsite at the Relay for the entire 24 hour duration and provide a delicious BBQ dinner for our members and guests. Our emphasis is on having a great time while raising money for this worthwhile cause.
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