Club Projects

May 21, 2022:   Great Bridge Lion's helped with a community carnival at Great Bridge United Methodist Church.  All club members participated in some manner.  We cooked and served hot dogs and fries,  gave out free watermelon, sold Lion's brooms, and performed free sight and hearing screenings for attendees. Later that afternoon, three of our members participated in a memorial concert at the church.  We had a great day and let our community see us in action!

Other projects in which  our club has  participated  include the LOVF raffle sale and volunteering at local food banks.

Our club collaborated with the  Southeastern Filipino American Lion's Club to plan a Diabetes Health expo at the Chesapeake Regional Lifestyle Center.  Several  of our members participated in a Diabetes Overnight and Day Camp at the Triple R Ranch in April.

Our eye screening team screened 942 children and referred 51 children for further vision check-ups. 

Our 2021-22 club  year includes 961 people served, 14 service projects completed, and 244 volunteer hours logged by our members.

March 2018: We have screened the children at Oak Grove UMC Preschool. We screened 111 children and had 2 that were referred for further testing

We also, screened at La Petite Daycare. We screened 46 children with 3 children referred.

February 2018: We screened the children at Great Bridge Presbyterian Preschool. We screened 75 children and had 3 that were referred for further testing.

January 2018: The club added two new members. Lion Terry Lumber, Diabetic Nurse and Lion Chris James. We had as speaker, Reese Jackson, Pres. & CEO of Chesapeake Regional

December 2017: The Club provided Christmas for four children. Each child received the toys or electronics of their choosing, coat, shoes, hats, gloves, & 2 outfits. Out gift from the heart.

We are having our Christmas Dinner on the 13th with the members and their spouses. A good time to enjoy each other as friends. We also have two new members that will be inducted in January. Ed Senter and Mike Amos. Welcome to the Great Bridge Lions Club. The new year is looking up.

Merry Christmas!!

November 2016: The Great Bridge Club has been very active the last few months. We have screened 1032 children during October for vision problems. We found 79  that were referred for further testing. We had White Cane Days with donations of $1,237.20 and $523.00 in Broom Sales. On Nov. 12th we held a Broom Sale and collected $907.00.  At our next meeting, Nov. 22nd, we will have a guest speaker, Ed Shames. He is a WWII Veteran and is going to share some of his experiences with us. We have invited anyone to visit that night.  In January, we will be celebrating our 60th Anniversary. Hope we can have a big turnout for this on Janusry 24, 2017.

June 27, 2015.  Club participated in school project called "Get on the bus" at a local elementary school where children who were beginning kindergarden were given free health screenings, shots, educational material, free bookbags and signed up for school next fall.

Club participated in the Chesapeake Jubilee-May 20, 21, & 22, 2016. Rain put a damper on the event. We sold Hotdogs, Hamburgers, & fries. Made a little money and had a great time with fellow lions.

We had our club's Spring Broom Sale on 4 June 2016.  We had two sites selling brooms and the community response was great.  We sold more than 100 brooms in 20 manhours.

During the year (2015-2016) our club screened 1084 children & had 61 referred for further testing.

We also spent $3,496.00 on new eyeglasses & exams for needy persons. (7/2015-06/2016)

On Monday, March 16th, 2015 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm the Great Bridge Lions Club plans to have an OPEN HOUSE at the Chesapeake Central Library located on Cedar Road.  Plans are to display various Lion programs that our club participates in throughout each year and to invite the public to attend and observe. There will be displays of the eyeglass recycling, children vision testing, The Mobile Sight and Hearing Van, Leader dog's for the blind, Family Diabetes Camp, local Food Closet, Blind made products and other information on Lionism and how to become a Lion.  Light refreshments and drinks will be available.


December 3, 2014:  This week our club obtained Christmas for a family who might not otherwise have anything under the Christmas Tree  We had a family of 4 kids from 6 to 10 years of age presented to us from a local Elementary school.  The only thing these kids wanted for Christmas was a bicycle.  From the donations of the Great Bridge Lions Club and other concerned citizens we purchased 4 bicycles, 4 bicycle helmets, shoes, socks, coats, gloves & an outfit for school and returned them to the school.  MERRY CHRISTMAS


This week we went to B.M. Williams Elementary  and screened the eyes of "Early Adventure Students".  We screened 69 and had 14 referred to eye doctors.


At the Oct 28, 2014 meeting Lion PDG Chet Kramer installed two new members, Lion Tripp Cofield and Lion Chad Jenkens.  Our speaker for the evening was Lion Tucker Casanova from the District Eyebank.  Also present was PDG  Stan Furman and his wife Jeri.  We continue to do eyescreening for all local elementary schools and have completed 1,099 plus 92 referrals.

If you'd like to help with the next screening it will be held at Butts Road Primary on October 6, 2014.

Call Lion Doris (276-7514) if you would like to participate.


Lion Sandy Carawan


6-24-2014.  We invited our wives to join us in very successful installation of officers meeting.  It was held at Traditions at Chesapeake Golf Course.  PDG Chet Kramer did the honors for us and inductees our new officer for 2014-2015.  Inducted were:  Lion Scott Williams as President, Lion Mike Barber as 1st Vice President, Lion Paul Manning as 2nd Vice President, and Sam Twiford as 3rd Vice President.  Lion Carter Wright was selected as our "LION OF THE YEAR.".


Club had a very successful Spring Broom Sale.  Sold at two sites and made more than $1,000.00.

Club members recently participated in District 24D's "FAMILY DIABETES CAMP" held at Triple R Ranch in lower Chesapeake, VA.  The camp is for parents of kids with type 1 or type 2 Diabetes.This is the twentieth year of the camp and it was one of the largest group with 119 campers.  Camper not only learned about diabetes with Doctors and Nurses from Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughter, (CHKD) but had fun canoeing, horse back ridding, archery, high ropes, and high wall climbing.

Club recently had a very successful white cane weekend in which also sold broomsThanks to Lions who participated and thank the public for their kind generosity.


Club recently involved in the "CAST" Program for the homeless in Chesapeake, VA.  We checked the vision of many and provided new eye glasses to 4 who failed our pedi-vision eye tests that week.


December 2013.  Club provided $300.00 for Christmas for a family of 4 children.  Provided wrapped gifts of underwear, socks, shoes, coats. gloves, shoes and toys for each child.  We were helped by neighbors who contributed $200.00 towards this effort.

Local Girl scouts have been collecting eyeglasses as a service project for the last few months and they expressed an interest in learning more about the," life of donated eyeglasses".  They contacted the Lions District Eyeglass recycling Center and asked to participate in this project.  On 4 consecutive Saturdays the Girl Scouts, their leaders and family were invited to the site.  There they learned how the glasses were obtained, how we separated them into useable and unusable glasses, sorted them , cleaned them, and graded them an stored them for further use.  We had 93 visitors who brought 345 used eyeglasses and learned the process of the operation.  Everyone, (Lions and Girl Scouts) was impressed with the operation and the scouts were invited to come back again next year.


Club received this note from a school nurse:                                                    Dec 2013

I wanted to let you know how much you are making a difference.  I had a parent call yesterday expressing their gratefulness in the screenings you are providing.  His daughter is a third grader here and found by your club to have right eye gaze with astigmatism.  They took her the eye doctor and she was found to have a right eye refractive amblyopic.  She excels in school and sports and has never complained so they feel without your screening she could have gone completely blind at some point.  Thankfully they caught it early enough.  Thank you again for all you do from me and her parents.

Signed by  the school nurse in Chesapeake VA





Club recently conducted vision testing at local elementary schools.  We worked three different schools during three days.  School #1 had 211 students with 9 referrals, school #2 had 216 students with 19 referrals, and school #3 with 100 students and 15 referrals.  Total of 527 students, total 43 referrals and total volunteer time was 65 hours. WE SERVE.


Our Club recently had a White Cane Day at our local Walmart.  Over 93% of club members participated.  We were there on Friday and Saturday for a total of 16 hours.  Thanks to our club members we collected almost $1,300.00.  Thanks also to Walmart and their generous customers.   Additionally we sold over $300.00 worth of blind made products and most importantly we gained two prospective new Lions members. WE SERVE


Club recently had our 2013-2014 installation of officers at Lighthouse Pointe.  We had a good turnout, we had a great meal and PDG Don Burson installed our new officers.  Everyone had a great time.


Club Participated in the 30th anniversary of the Chesapeake Jubilee during the City's of Chesapeake 50th anniversary as a city.   Club members spent  many hours during the entire weekend selling Hotdogs, fries, sausage and soft drinks to support our clubs many sight and hearing projects




District 24D Family Diabetes Camp 2013

Our Club is involved with District 24D's Family Diabetes Camp being held on April 26, 27, and 28 2013 at Triple R Ranch in southern Chesapeake, VA.  Kids from age 6 - 18 with type 1 or type 2 Diabetes are invited.  An adult parent or guardian are required to attend with the child.  Cost is $150.00 per camper.  Some scholarships are available based on need and availability.

Diabetic Nurses and doctors from CHKD, Chesapeake Regional Hospital, and other medical facilities will be present.  Weekend of fun and learning with work shops for parent and kids.

There will be fishing, canoeing, archery, horse backing ridding, wall climbing, and rope initiatives and fun activities.




February 20, 2013

Membership Chairman

Provided Lions business cards to each individual Lions club member to be used for inviting prospective members to join our club.


January 22, 201

Club held monthly meeting at District 24D Eyebank. Very interesting meeting with Tucker Casanova explaining the services provided at the the center.


24 January 2013

January 24th 2013.  Lions Clubs of District 24D, including the Great Bridge Club participated in a "Homeless Connect Project" at Virginia Beach United Methodist Church providing services to homeless in the VA. Beach area.  We screened for sight, hearing, glaucoma and Diabetes.

Other services from other volunteers included haircuts, free meals, free blankets, underwear, clothing including jackets and gloves.  Also Dental services were provided.




December 2012

G.B. Lions provided Christmas for family of three children.  Provided clothes, shoes, and toys to family living in our community.


Veteran's Stand Down

Saturday 17 November, 2012.  Club participated in Veteran's Stand down at Cuffee Community Center in South  Norfolk, VA.  Members of our club and other club of District 24D provided the sight & Hearing van, checking eyesight, hearing and glaucoma check and also provided sugar checks for all in a attendance.



Eyeglass recycling

The Great Bridge Lions club go's to the Southside Eyeglass Recycling Center on most Tuesdays from 9 to 12 o'clock.  If your interested in joining us please call us at 547-5479 for details.

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