Help Us Give Eye Screenings to Young Kids
The Lions Club of Chili (Chili, New York) is raising money to purchase a "SPOT" camera. The "SPOT" camera is a highly specialized camera that detects potential problem areas in the eyes of a young (preschool) child. During the screeing of young children at local daycare centers, if a possible eye problem is detected, the parents are given a referral and encouraged to have a follow up check up with their family doctor. Presently, there is only one (1) "SPOT" camera for a very large area around the Chili community and the camera is shared with other areas, near and far. The Lions See Program has become so successful due to strictly word of mouth, the anticipated future demand will be more than one camera can handle. Of 41 children checked during the first screening, 4 children were found to need a referral for a further check up by their family doctor. Unfortunately, that is 10% of our first screening. Clearly, there is a need to check the eyes of our young children as early as possible. The purchase of this "SPOT" camera will allow the Lions Club of Chili the opportunity to offer screenings at many more locations and help many more young children. The Lions Club of Chili is also excited about being able to share our "SPOT" camera with other local communities and Lions Clubs to help serve the children of their areas. All donations will be handled by the Lions Club of Chili President, Joy Koziol. Thank you for your donation. Sincerely, The Lions Club of Chili
Lions Club of Chili helps out at Camp Abilities Brockport
A whole new world of possibilities is opened for children who are visually impaired, blind, and deafblind when they descend on The College at Brockport, State University of New York, for Camp Abilities Brockport, a one-week sports camp for children with visual impairments. Campers ride bikes and horses, they play baseball and run track, and they perform archery and numerous other sports. These are all things that children with visual impairments often believe to be impossible for them to participate in. Camp Abilities Brockport proves otherwise. The Lions Club of Chili helps by serving meals and encouraging the campers to have a great time.
Rochester Polar Plunge for Special Olympics includes 3 Chili Lions
On February 9, Lions Otto Resch, Carole Agosto, and Mike Donner braved the frigid waters of Lake Ontario for a great cause. The Lions Club of Chili made a generous donation to sponsor all three swimmers. It was very cold but they were freezing for a reason.
Lion Otto ready to go for a dip
Lion Carole is ready to "chill out"
The large crowd helped pump up the plungers
The Lions of Chili participate in the Greece Ridge Lions Snow Golf Tournament
On February 1, 2014 some of the Lions of Chili took to the the fairways of Greece Canal Ponds Park for some adventure in the snow. The rules allowed only a nine iron and a tennis ball. It was a lot of fun. A chicken barbeque, raffles, and warm drinks welcomed everyone after they finished the 12 hole course.
L-R Dorinda Foos, Bill Foos, Carole Agosto, and Mike Donner
You had to hit the tire with the tennis ball to complete the hole.
The Hippie Pandas First Robotic Lego Team put on an amazing exhibition.
The Hippie Pandas First Robotic Lego Team, their sponsor Cheryl Lawniczak, and some parents came to our January 28, 2014 meeting. First, the girls gave a demonstration of making beds out of lightweight concrete-like material for places like Haiti. Then, they gave a demonstration of their Lego Robotics. It was very interesting. As always, there was not a matching sock to be found among the girls. I think they enjoyed showing off their skills and the Lions were quite entertained. Lion Joy presented a check for to help finance their trip to St. Louis.
The Scouts explain a science project they are working on.
Enthusiastic Scouts gave an awesome presentation to the Club!
The club presents a check for their trip to the World Convention in St. Louis.
Christmas Basket Deliveries
The Lions Club of Chili were very busy during December. The club delivered 45 baskets to individuals and familes in Chili to help make the season a little merrier. This was quite a project, and it was coordinated by Lion Dorinda Foos. This involves numerous phone calls, arranging purchases, deliveries, etc.. All the Lions helped out in this project.
Lions Dom Fantauzzo, Bob Foos, and Ron Tucker mixing work and pleasure.
The delivery peple are ready to brighten up some people who really need it around the holidays.
Helpers came out in all ages.
Lions Bonnie and Dorinda making a list and checking it twice.
That's a lot of baskets!
L-R Peter D'Ambrosio, Diane D'Ambrosio, Tom Platt, Deanna Platt-Morgan, and Dom Fantauzzo ready to head out in the cold for deliveries.
Ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army
It was a cold day and night, but the Lions Club of Chili were there to support the kettle. Bill Foos, Otto Resch, Jim Keenan, and Bonnie Platt pictured above were part of a good turnout of Lions that made holiday bell ringing a fun event for a great cause.
CHILI TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
HELP OUR VETS BY SELLING RAFFLE TICKETS
Tickets are on sale now for this beautiful quilt that was donated to the Lions. 100% of the money collected will go to Project New Hope, which is a retreat for combat veterans. Tickets are $5 or 3 for $10.
3 NEW KNEE WALKERS ADDED TO THE MEDICAL LOAN CLOSET
The Medical Loan Closet continues to grow. Adding new equipment and accepting used equipment has proven to be a successful track record for the loan closet. The closet has helped residents from multiple counties by loaning out equipment at no cost. The dedicated volunteer staff of the Loan Closet is really what makes it work. A lot of work is involved in helping people when they need it most. The Loan closet is funded by the Lions and our generous contributors. A true community asset!
The month of October was a busy month for the Lions of Chili. On October 8, we inducted 2 new members into the club.
L to R New Inductee Marci Dietz, Sponsor Joy Koziol, New Inductee George Bowles, Sponsor Bert Maggio, District Governor Bob Infantino, Membership Chair Keith Bozek
On October 14, a few of our members made a trip to the Ronald McDonald House. The Lions of Chili have been participating in an effort to collect Pop-Tabs from can of soft drinks to raise money for this worthy cause.
L to R Lions Dorinda Foos, Ron Tucker, Kathy Stothard, and Bonnie Platt
The club braved the elements on for a Candy Day at the local K-Mart, The Town & Country restaurant and the North Chili Family Diner. We had 12 volunteers and raised $178 dollars during the 2 day event held October 18 and 19.
L to R Lion President Bonnie Platt, Tom Platt, and Don Cussen
L to R Lions Millie Thurley, Barb Thurley, and Jean Jones
L TO R Lions Mike Donner, Maria Williams, Brian Williams
Lions Bill Foos, Dorinda Foos, and Dom Fantauzzo
Last but not least, the Chili Lions played host to a very generous and thoughtful Boy Scout, Chris Kurdziel. Chris donated money he raised at his Pinewood Derby to help combat veterans. His money will be used for Project New Hope at Lions Camp Badger. Project New Hope helps these veterans through weekend retreats, where they can get away with other veterans and talk about issues affecting them.
L to R Bonnie Platt, Proud Father Michael Kurdziel, Chris Kurdziel, and Project New Hope representative Marv Hankinson
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