RECENT CHLC LIONS’ ACTIVITIES - followed by a listing of Cupertino Host Lions Club Projects that the activities support:

February 2015  -  Club Level Student Speakers Contest

Cupertino Host Lions held their Club level MD-4 Student Speakers Contest on February 4 with two speakers competing.  Their presentations were excellent and their prospective on the subject of "Water Conservation -- How can we reduce, recycle and reclaim?" was listened to with great attention.  The winner moves on to a Zone level Contest.

January 2015    Memorial Wrestling Tournament at Cupertino High School

Cupertino Host Lions provide financial support to the Memorial Wrestling Tournament held at Cupertino High School the first (non-holiday) Friday & Saturday of January.  Cupertino Host Lions also support the Memorial Wrestling Tournament by:

a) supporting an active LEO Club and the LEOs help (volunteer hours) in the operation of the tournament and in the Lions efforts.

b) cooking and selling  hamburgers, Italian sausage sandwiches and tri-tip sandwiches on Friday and Saturday.  Profits from the food sales are added to the financial support of the Cupertino High School wrestling program. 

c) providing free hamburgers or Italian sausage sandwiches to all ‘2nd man’ (JV) wrestlers on Friday, the ‘2nd Man Tournament’ (coaches and referees are also treated).

d) cooking and serving free breakfast (7 to 9:30 AM) to all main tournament wrestlers on Saturday morning (coaches and staff are also treated).  This totals 300 – 450 breakfasts.

December 2014   Sight Conservation Efforts

26 children and adults received vision examinations and eyeglasses in the first half of the Lions’ year.  This was financed by and coordinated by Cupertino Host Lions in conjunction with partner optometrists.

The year around collection of used eyeglasses has produced a large number of eyeglasses to be sorted and delivered in March to “Lions In Sight” warehouse in Vallejo.

Vision and hearing screening to was conducted for K to 8 grade students at Luther Burbank School (single site school district and over 80% of the children come from low income families).  Lion volunteers were able to use the new PediaVision screeners; technology makes vision screening quick and easy.  About 460 separate hearing and vision screening were performed and six of the over 30 students needing profession examinations have new eyeglasses. 

November 2014  “Stop Hunger Now”  Food Packaging Event

We joined with other Lions Clubs in providing financial support and in participation in a “Stop Hunger Now” food packaging event.  With a 120 volunteers present over 14,000 meals were package in about 90 minutes.  The meals will be sent to areas where feeding residents is a critical need (undeveloped countries and disaster relief ).

September 2014    Leo Academy – Leadership Training

Representatives of Cupertino Host Lions, Cupertino High School Leos, Del Mar High School Leos joined other Lions and Leos of District 4-C6 at a the successful 4th annual Leo Academy.  The Academy provided training and fellowship for Leos and non-Leos, enhancing the Leadership, Experience and Opportunity (LEO) objectives for the students.  Lions structured the two sessions so that the students could select from four topics.  All attending were treated to a BBQ lunch

August 2014    Chicken, Corn & Sausage Feed   - -  Fundraiser

CHLC held its annual Chicken, Corn & Sausage Feed at Blackberry Farms in Cupertino.  The starters, including fresh corn and calamari, activated a good size crowd for the BBQ Chicken dinner.  Other items served, such as sausages, ribs, Italian hot bread, anchovy bread, are the reason the event is a Feed and not called a BBQ.  The enjoyment of the food and surrounding were enhanced as the nice summer afternoon transitioned to early evening.  A raffle was held, adding to the fun and to the fund raising effort.

July-August 2014    Backpacks for Kids

Cupertino Host Lions partnered with the Quota Club in the stuffing backpacks with school supplies (a District 4-C6 activity) and delivering 100 backpacks to West Valley Community Services.

July 2014

Cupertino Host held its annual Installation Dinner where the 2014-2015 Officers and Board Members were installed.

June 2014    Wild Game Feed – our premier fundraising event

The 54th annual Wild Game Feed was held on June 12:  Food was superb and the raffle had an excellent range of 65 prizes.  This fundraising event is a primary source of funds to support the Cupertino Host Lions in our “We Serve” activities.  The attendance was over 350.


Two seniors at each of the five High Schools in the Fremont Union High School District received $500 scholarships for a total of $5000.  A graduating senior at Cupertino High School who is blind received a $1000 in scholarship in addition to scholarships awarded by other Lions Clubs.  That graduating senior came to the U. S. as a youngster speaking no English and was helped by a teacher who is a Lion and by Lions Clubs providing the scholarships.

Two $500 scholarships were granted to seniors at Del Mar High School (continuing a Beverly Burbank Lions Club tradition).

May 2014   Support of Hispanic Parents - High School Students

        Padres Unidos Parent Organization -  DMHS Leo Club

Cupertino Host Lions Club has continued supporting the Leo Club at Del Mar High School which was supported by Beverly Burbank Lions Club (which merged with our Club).  Through the Leo Club we continue to support Hispanic parents’ organization Padres Unidos.  The end of year meeting of Padres Unidos includes recognition of parents, the graduating seniors in the Leo Club, and Leo Club awards.

May 2014   FISH-A-THON   Pictures in the Photo Page

Participants with special needs were treated to the Cupertino Host Lions annual Fish-A-Thon on Saturday May 3.  The Participants are ‘Kids of All Ages With Special Needs’, ranging from 6-7 year olds to adults in their eighties.  The 111 Participants came to Stevens Creek Quarry early Saturday morning to catch a limit of three rainbow trout (most did and all caught at least one).  Some Participants were reluctant to let go of their trout to be cleaned while others ignored their catch.  Most were happy to take their trout, after cleaning, to have a picture taken with the Lions emblem in the background.  Many look forward to dinner with trout being the main dish.

Around 150 Volunteers (Cupertino Host Lions and Lions from Cupertino DeAnza & Almaden Super Lions Clubs; Leos from Cupertino, Monte Vista,  & Del Mar High Schools, and Leos from DeAnza Community College; Troop 290 Boy Scouts; San Jose Flycasters) helped in the variety of tasks that make the Fish-A-Thon a treat to the Participants (and their families and caregivers) and a satisfying experience to the Volunteers.  The Volunteers are treated to an early morning breakfast by the Cupertino Host Lions as they there ready to help by 8 AM.

All present (around 500) enjoyed a BBQ hamburger/hot dog lunch with plenty of added items.  Additional attractions for the Participants were a fire truck and an ambulance proudly shown by the accompanying professionals.  With all the young, energetic Volunteers clean-up was complete within an hour and half after completion of lunch.

May 2014  Navajo Project

Cupertino Host Lions collect clothing, books, sporting equipment, toys and household items as our “Navajo Project”.  These items are sorted and boxed by Lions, Leos and friends.  This year there were three dates when items were organized and boxed, with loading of a 40 foot trailer occurring at the last.

Cupertino Host Lions participate in and cover the cost of transporting the large quantity to Navajo Indians in Gallup New Mexico.  This year three Cupertino Host Lions made the round trip.  The net weight the track truck-trailer transported was 13 tons - - 26,000 lbs.  The cost incurred in this year’s project was approximately $5100.  The unloading in Gallup was assisted by the Gallup New Mexico Lions and the Navajo Indians do the distribution of the items. 

April 2014     Cupertino Host Lions Easter Baseball Tournament

Lions in the San Jose area started a baseball tournament for high school baseball teams back in the early 1960's. Currently Cupertino Host Lions provide the seed money ($2500) and have been the organizers, operational support and financial support for many years. The tournament spans three days, ending on Good Friday (hence the name).  The teams this year included local high school teams and teams from outside the immediate area.  The Monterey (Calif.) High School baseball team won the tournament in an exciting extra innings finish.  The Lions support of the tournament ensures the top teams receive memorable awards.

April 2014  - U.S. Flags Provided to 2nd grade elementary students for a patriotic concert

Cupertino Host Lions provided nine dozen U.S. Flags to 2nd grade elementary students for a patriotic concert being performed at their school.  We received hand written thank you notes from all 2nd graders in one class.  Their thank you notes were a priceless reward to us Lions; the words used, the spelling, and penmanship + art work by 2nd graders are definitely priceless.

March 2014  -  Support of Camp for Kids with Diabetes Fundraiser

Cupertino Host Lions joined with other Lions to support the fundraiser to provide scholarships to Camp de Los Ninos, a summer camp for kids with Type 1 Diabetes.  The support is in the form of a $1000 donation, selling tickets, buying tickets and helping run the event.


January 2013    Organization Changes – Bringing Two Clubs Together – We Have Our Own Meeting Place

Cupertino Host Lions Club and Beverly Burbank Lions Club merger was approved by Lions Clubs International.  The weekly Wednesday meetings (1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th) of Cupertino Host Lions Club were moved to Clover Hall, 99 North Bascom Avenue, San Jose.  Sponsorship of Del Mar High School Leo Club was transferred to Cupertino Host Lions.


Club Projects

Wild Game Feed – fundraiser in mid-June

Chicken Corn & Sausage Feed - fund raiser in early August

(CHLC need members to participate in both the fund raisers above so we can do the charitable projects that follow.)

Sight Conservation – collection of used eyeglass is an ongoing activity throughout the year, and after sorting locally there are follow on opportunities:

  • sorting at Lions In Sight warehouse in Vallejo
  • distribution in other countries when Club members travel with a 'mission' team.

Sight Conservation - provide the funding and coordinate the resources to help children and adults in need obtain vision examinations and eyeglasses through partner optometrists.  The people we help are referred to us by West Valley Community Services, Fremont Union High School District, Del Mar High School and other agencies and schools.

Navajo Project – collection of toys, clothing, etc. and transporting thousands of pounds of these items to the Navajo nation in Gallup, New Mexico

Health Screening – sponsor and organize health screening using the District 4-C6 Mobile Health Screening Unit.  Diabetes awareness, vision, and hearing are the focus areas.

Lions Flag Day - distribute United States of America Flags to 2nd/3rd grade students

Memorial Wrestling Tournament – food sales and feeding wrestlers

Fish-A-Thon – catching rainbow trout and BBQ lunch for handicapped youth and adults, “Kids of All Ages” who thoroughly enjoy the morning fishing in an easy access pond; held around the end of April/beginning of May.

Cupertino High School Leo Club and Del Mar High School Leo Club

Padres Unidoz Parents Group at Del Mar High School

Backpacks for Kids – stuffing backpacks with school supplies; a District 4-C6 activity

Backpacks for Kids - distribution to Schools and Charitable Organization 

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