- Published: 08 July 2018 08 July 2018
JERICHO-UNDERHILL Lions beat the heat with their annual Strawberry Social fundraiser. The basement of the United Church of Underhill was the coolest – and sweetest place in town during the recent heatwave June 30th. Lions Dave Crane, Cindy Berg, Loreen Teer, Dave Williamson, Jerry Adams, Mike Munson, Denis Beloin, Russ Rexford, Marge Alden, and Essex Lion Betsy MaGee prepared 64 quarts of strawberries from Mazza’s Berry Farm and paired them with homemade biscuits topped with real whipped cream. Over 100 folks turned out to beat the heat and share in the sweet fun.
- Published: 29 June 2018 29 June 2018
LIONS “Opening Eyes” at Vermont Special Olympics Summer Games
Health professionals and volunteers from across New England gathered at the University of Vermont to provide comprehensive health screenings for children and adults with intellectual disabilities at the Special Olympics Vermont Summer Games on June 2nd. A Special Olympics partnership with the Lions Club International Foundation supported vision care for the participants. In total, 118 volunteers provided 563 health exams in one day.
At the Special Olympics Vermont Summer Games at the University of Vermont on June 2nd and 3rd, dental, vision, and hearing exams were offered to all Special Olympics athletes. Through Opening Eyes athletes have access to vision screenings. Custom glasses and sunglasses are made available as needed at no charge to the athlete.
Of the 435 athletes competing in the 2018 Special Olympics Vermont Summer Games, 242 received a dental screening and 17 of those were identified as needing urgent follow-up dental care. 153 received an audiology screening, and 168 received a vision screening. This represents a 23% increase over the previous year and an all-time record for Healthy Athletes screenings.
- Published: 28 June 2018 28 June 2018
The Arlington Lions club had a great time hosting (and competing) in the first annual Redneck Warrior Lions Den Challenge on June 23rd!! We had a great turnout even with the uncooperative weather. We have plenty of plans on how to make the event even bigger and better for the future. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates on next years event.
- Published: 24 June 2018 24 June 2018
June 22nd and 23rd the Lions Striders team competed in the 8th annual SLAM T1D Vermont Summer Classic Wiffleball tournament held at Little Fenway in Essex Vermont. SLAM T1D is a non-profit that raises funds to improve the lives of people living with TID. They accomplish this by partnering with the Barton Center for Diabetes Education to host the Vermont Overnight Camp. They also work to broaden public awareness of diabetes and seek to empower TIDs of all ages to advocate for themselves, develop optimal T1D-management regimens, and to live life in full.
Middlebury Lions Paul Desabrais and Jesse Gillette led our team effort, joined by PDG Ken Emory and a great group of volunteer players who just wanted to have fun and play ball. The odds on the Lions Striders had us ranked 8th prior to start of the tournament. No one was more surprised than the team when we found ourselves placing second overall in the Championship game.
The real winners are the kids who will benefit from our fundraising efforts. The Lions Striders were able to donate $4,385 to SLAM T1D and we thank all those Lions and Lions Clubs who stepped forward to donate. The 14 teams donated a combined $71,895 to SLAM T1D. That’s a lot of kids attending camp and a lot of services provided to area diabetics.
The experience itself was rewarding. We had a chance to meet and compete with Cayden and his team the “Fighting Wifflers” Cayden was diagnosed with T1D when he was only 2 years old. He is now 8.
The "Breaking Ballers" team was formed by Carrie Ashley. “My 18 yr old son Eli (photo below left, he's on the right), was diagnosed with T1D on his 5th birthday. Eli has never known what it's like to be at school, play sports, work or be with friends without worrying about his T1D. It is a relentless, non-stop 24/7 disease that never takes a break. Let's improve the lives of all children and adults living with T1D by raising awareness. As our children grow up and become independent, they should feel safe, whether it's at college, at a job or anywhere, awareness can save lives!”