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A group of 23 service minded men met at the Clark Haven Hotel in Brockport, NY on Wednesday, January 31, 1951.  As a result of this meeting the Lions Club of Brockport was formed.  Since its beginning, 57 years ago, the Brockport Lions Club has grown in membership and in service to the community.

Not only has the Brockport Lions Club been effective in the local community, it has also provided leadership at the Zone and District levels.  Three of our members have held the office of District Governor, Edwin Reed - 1960, Lloyd Jones - 1976, Everett Marks - 1981 and one has been Zone Chairman and Cabinet Secretary/Treasurer Greg Lund - 2007 to 2009.  The Brockport Lions are very proud of having had members serve the district.

Currently, the Brockport Lions Club has 45 men and women in its membership.  We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at the Brockport Area Vets Club for a dinner meeting starting at 6:30 pm.

We enjoy each other's fellowship and plan many activities that we hold or sponsor.  Our primary fundraisers are a Golf Tournament in June, car Cruise-in's in July and September, and the BISCO Arts Festival where we work with Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs on food booths.  We also have food booths at the Clarkson Good Neighbor Days and the Fall Harvest Festival.

Our club supports Camp Abilities with a hayride and cook out.  Lion Mints money goes to the Food Shelf and our penny bank goes to the Batavia School for the Blind.

We compete on a friendly basis with the Rotary and Kiwanis for the most funds raised in ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.  Our club supports many other causes but tends to concentrate on sight and health related needs in the community.

The focus of the Brockport Lions Club is in sight related problems for youths and adults.  One of our members is blind and we have supported her with three generations of guide dogs.  Currently, we are offering vision screenings to preschoolers in order to detect vision problems that may be corrected before they become permanent.  Our members have visited three daycare centers so far and have tested many children, discovering ten that were recommended for further testing.  We work with the Brockport School Nurse and provide eye exams and glasses for needy students that otherwise could not afford them.  This year our club assisted eleven students with exams and new glasses.  We coordinated the purchase of a CCTV magnifier for one of our seniors that have Macular Degeneration.  This device enables the person to read and write, allowing them to lead a more normal life.

The Brockport Lions Club is making a difference in our community.  Come and see us in action.  Visit us and get involved.  Our membership contact is Allyn Hammel - 637-3772 or ahammel@rochester.rr.com.

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