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Things San Jose Host - East Valley Lions did in 2017 - 2018

As we come to the conclusion of our 2017-2018 Lions year, it is a good time to review what we have done. Our local Lions Club and LCI, Lions Club International, had five areas of focus in this, our 100th year. They were Diabetes, Youth, Vision, Hunger and the Environment. Here is a quick review of what our club did in those areas this year:
 
SJHEV Lions participated in the annual Diabetes Luncheon which raises funds for research and development. Other groups and activities we have sponsored or partnered with in this year that relate to health included working with Teen Challenge, the AJ Robinson Health Screening Van and the Ear of the Lion Hearing Screening program. The club adopted the Teen Challenge members and donated Christmas gifts to them. Teen Challenge focuses on drug addiction and rehabilitation.
 
We sponsor Youth activities including Student Speaker and Peace Poster contests each year. We also have a Leos Club at James Lick High School. We do dozens of activities with this group each year and award scholarships to members at the conclusion of the school year. The biggest project we do each year is to provide fully stocked backpacks for low income children in the area. Last year we provided over 500 backpacks at a cost of $6500.00.
 
Lions are known for their support of vision screening and sight preservation. This year we partnered with Lions in Sight, Canine Companions, Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Lions Eye Foundation and Enchanted Hills, a camp for blind children and adults. We provided screening and eyeglasses for low income persons. However, our biggest project was the collection and distribution of eyeglasses, frames, cases, hearing aids, batteries and cell phones. The glasses and frames went to Lions in Sight in Vallejo while the hard cases were fitted with personal hygiene items. The soft cases were donated to local thrift shops for resale. The hearing aids went to local veterans to be refitted while the cell phones were reprogrammed as 911 phones. Even the cardboard cases from the frames were used as their rectangular shape was perfect for pencil boxes for schoolchildren. Overall, the club donated over 10,000 items to the community for their use!  Working with our Leos, the club participated in the Stop Hunger Now program and the Jack Emery Food Drive.
 
We have a special meeting place in the East Foothills. The “Den,” as it is affectionately known, has hosted thousands of Boy Scouts and other educational groups since it was built in 1925. It is used for environmental education programs along with camping experiences. Additionally we have worked with our Leos and other groups on cleanup projects, tree plantings, park restoration and more. As part of our Lions District, we have helped develop Leo’s Haven, a park designed for the needs of the handicapped.
 
We also have worked with other community groups including Shop with a Cop, City of Hope, Viva Calle SJ, Sunday Friends and are a sponsor of the annual Alum Rock Jazz Fest. All in all, we participated and/or sponsored 43 community service activities last year.
 
Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need schoolbooks, with seniors who need eyeglasses and with people we may never meet.

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