Aiken Mid-Day Lions Install Born Learning Trail at Odell Weeks

Aiken Mid-Day Lions celebrated Lion's Club International's 100th anniversary by giving back to our community in a big way.  The "Born Learning Trail" is a painted pathway in Odell Weeks Park that gives children an interactive learning experience.  There are images such as paw prints, ABCs, hopscotch, and a horse and lion that represent Aiken Community and Lion's Club.  Along the pathway are signs that give more information about each image painted on the sidewalk.  This project was completed by partnering with United Way, The City of Aiken and Art Nook Studio.  Donations of paint and other supplies were provided by Shermin Williams and Cumberland Village.  This project will add to the beautification of Odell Weeks Park for years to come.  There was a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 20th, 2017 and Mayor Rick Osbon read a proclamation that declared the day as "Lions International Centennial Celebration Day."

    Children of Lions Karen Bowles & Nicole Simmons help ring the bell    Lion Brenda Quick hosted 4 Youth Exchange Visitors



The Aiken Mid-Day Lions have a variety of on-going community projects which include:
  • Women Build/Habitat for Humanity - Assisting in Habitat projects such as planting trees and shrubs at new builds, providing refreshments/meals to work crews, etc.
  • Nurture Home - Providing bulk items as needed such as toiletries, washcloths, etc.
  • Shepeard Community Blood Center - Regular blood donations
  • Camp Leo - Sponsoring Aiken County visually impaired students
  • SC Youth Exchange - Assist in overnight stays for foreign visiting students, as needed
  • Scholarship Awards - For local college & high school students
  • Local Assistance - Providing professional eye examinations and glasses, hearing examinations and hearing aids, and financial assistance with eye surgeries
  • Local Charitable Groups - Mentoring and special projects with the Cumbee Center, Nuture Home, Helping Hands Childrens Shelter, etc. Participation in Aiken's Earth Day, Diabetes, Alzheimer and Senior outreach events as well as other organizations as needed
  • Financial Contributions - Storm Eye Research Institute, Leader Dog School for the Blind, S.C. Lions Charitable Services, SC School for the Deaf & Blind, Blind Fishing Day in Santee, SC
  • Salvation Army - Bell ringing every Christmas, food drives & other efforts as needed


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June 2011 Art Class
Located in Aiken, SC, Helping Hands is a 501 (c) 3, United Way agency that provides 24 hour residential care to child victims of abuse, abandonment, or neglect. Residents range in age from birth to 21 years old. Helping Hands serves male and female victims. The Aiken Mid-Day Lions Club partners with Helping Hands in working unselfishly to ensure that all children are afforded every opportunity to grow into healthy adults by club participation in life skill development classes and fun social activities for all ages.

Aiken Mid-Day Lions partnered with USC-Aiken Phi Mu & TKE  students at Helping Hands Childrens Shelter    Lions Karen Edwards, Brenda Moody, Miriam Toole & Dana Cook serve ice cream at Helping Hands Karaoke NightLions Sherri Jenik, Dana Cook & Leon introduce Santa to a new fan at the club holiday party at Helping Hands   Chef Jeff Jenik in action at Valentine's cooking class

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Helping Feed the Hungry In Our Community

 Aiken Mid-Day Lions are helping feed the hungry in our community by arranging pick up and delivery of food donations made possible by some local area restaurants.  Delivery is made to organizations such as Helping Hands, Nuture Home, Salvation Army Shelter, Cumbee Center, ACTS and food pantries at local churches.  The monthly donations of food have an estimated value of over $4,000.  Pictured below are Aiken Mid-Day Lions Club members with staff of Panera Bread and Little Ceasars.


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