Oakdale Lions have a dynamic history. The Oakdale Lions Club was chartered in 1943. Over the years the Club has volunteered for many different kinds of community projects. In October 2015, the Club provided the food, cooked, and served morning coffee and snacks, lunch, and dinner for over 700 volunteers during the five day Children’s Play Park Revitalization project at Oakdale’s Dorada Park. Our members volunteer over 200 hours each month at Oakdale Community Sharing, a local food bank. The Club provides walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, and other equipment at no cost to the recipient through our medical equipment outreach program.
Oakdale Lions give sight. Like Lions throughout the world, we work toward the Lions’ mission of providing vision for all. Last year we helped purchase two Spot Vision testing machines. In the fall of the year, these devices will be used by Oakdale Lions in cooperation with Oakdale and Riverbank Joint Unified School district staff to evaluate the eyesight of school children. Last year over 3000 children had their eyes evaluated. The Club also provides eye care for children as they are brought to our attention. Last year, eyesight and hearing activities accounted for 16% of our financial donations.
Oakdale Lions serve youth. Every December, Oakdale Lions and other volunteer chaperones take over 200 deserving Oakdale area children on a clothing shopping trip. We fund college scholarships for high school students and Oakdale’s Distinguished Young Women’s Program. We also contribute to High School music and High School Sober Grad Night and sponsor a student speaker contest. Last year, youth accounted for 73% of our financial donations.
Oakdale Lions are active. Our motto is "We Serve." The Club provides the food, cooks it, and serves breakfast at Relay For Life of Oakdale, lunch for the Society for Handicapped Children and Adults of Modesto, lunch for hearing impaired campers at Camp Pacifica, and dinner for blind Scouts among other events. Lions wind the town clock and maintain the flags at the top of the building at F Street and Yosemite. Club members display our country's flag on major streets during Federal flag holidays and Oakdale's annual rodeo parade. Club members also collect pull tabs which are turned in to the District to sponser nights at the Ronald McDonald house by the Childrens Hospital in Madera. Save your tabs and give them to a Lions member. Hundreds of pounds have been collected and many families have benefited from this ongoing activity.
Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller and communities get better. That's because Lions help where help is needed – in Oakdale, as well as, around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy. If you want to learn more about the Oakdale Lions Club or attend a meeting as our guest, please contact Craig Johnson
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