Lions Provide Free Health Screenings in Olney

Lions Jean McCloskey, John McCloskey, and David Hull welcome community members to their free health screenings.

Lions Jean McCloskey, John McCloskey, and David Hull welcome community members to their free health screenings.

The Sandy Spring Lions Club and EyeWorks Vision Care Center co-hosted a screening event at Olney Village Center on Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31, 2014. Using the Mobile Health Unit provided by the District 22C Lions Community Outreach Foundation, the Lions provided free vision, hearing, and glaucoma screenings to members of the public from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. A total of 64 screenings were performed, with 34 clients being referred to a medical professional for further testing. Certificates for discounts on eye exams and eyeglass purchases were provided by EyeWorks for those receiving vision referrals. A local audiologist also left business cards for those receiving hearing referrals. 20 pairs of donated eyeglasses and $50 in voluntary contributions were received.

The weatherman cooperated with warm, sunny weather on both days. A total of 14 Lions contributed 46 hours of service. New Lions Anne Bucher, David Hull, John McCloskey, and Jean McCloskey were trained on the screening equipment.

Special kudos to Lion Bill Lavely for arranging delivery and return of the Mobile Health Unit to the LCOF offices at Melwood.

Lions Bill Thomas, Don Beeson, Greg Fuller, and Ann Bucher pose outside the Lions Community Outreach Foundation Mobile Health Unit

Lions Bill Thomas, Don Beeson, Greg Fuller, and Ann Bucher pose outside the Lions Community Outreach Foundation Mobile Health Unit

 

 

 

 

 

May Program: Lions Camp Merrick

Lion Wayne Magoon from Waldorf Lions Club gives a presentation on Lions Camp Merrick

Lion Wayne Magoon from Waldorf Lions Club gives a presentation on Lions Camp Merrick

Our speaker in the month of May was Lion Wayne Magoon, who is President of the Waldorf Lions Club Foundation.  The Waldorf Foundation recently has taken ownership of the running of Lions Camp Merrick, a beautiful camping complex in southern Maryland that, along with regular camp, does special programs for blind, deaf, and diabetic children.

Lion Wayne gave a detailed report about the budget of the camp, the state of its programs, improvements that are being made, and opportunities to volunteer at many of the camps programs.

April Program: Olney Help

Lions present dry goods they collected to Olney Help representative Marilyn Simonds

Lions Bob Spiers, Julie Thomas, Doug Farquhar, and Jim Simmel present dry goods they collected to Olney Help representative Marilyn Simonds.

 

At our April meeting, Director of Olney HELP Marilyn Simonds spoke to us about the work they do in the Olney-Ashton-Sandy Spring community.  Their food pantry is indispensable when it comes to helping local people who are hungry.

Our members filled over 10 bags of dry food for the pantry and we also made a donation to support their ability to provide fresh food as well.

Olney Help is always looking for volunteers to help deliver food or take calls.  Volunteers work one or two days a month and it is very rewarding.  Click the link above if you are interested in helping out.

New Lions Inducted in March 2014

New Lions John McCloskey and Carole Derrick are inducted by Past District Governor Bill Thomas

New Lions John McCloskey and Carole Derrick are inducted by Past District Governor Bill Thomas

 

At the March meeting of the Sandy Spring Lions Club, the club was proud to induct two new Lions: Lion John McCloskey of Brookeville was brought in by longtime member Jim Kibbe and Lion Carole Derrick of Leisure World was brought in by her husband, Warren.  The new Lions were proudly inducted by one of our past district governors, Bill Thomas.

The Club is proud to be positive for the year when it comes to bringing in new members.  Lion John’s wife is hoping to join the club next month and there are a few other potential members who came out of our Friendship night at the February meeting.

November Program: JK House of Grace

Honored guest Maria Khader with King Lion Julie Thomas at the November Lions Club Meeting

Honored guest Maria Khader with King Lion Julie Thomas at the November Lions Club Meeting

 

At our November program, registered nurse and accomplished local businesswoman Maria Khader told us her life story and the story of the founding of the local assisted living community, JK House of Grace, Inc.

Her amazing journey has led her to north Silver Spring where the community she founded helps the elderly live in a normal home environment that respects them as a “whole” person.

We loved hearing from Ms. Khader and are proud of the work she is doing.

Sandy Spring Student Advances in Lions International Peace Poster Contest

sslc peace poster 2013

 

Lily Byrne, an 8th grade student at Farquhar Middle School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Sandy Spring Lions Club.

Byrne’s poster was among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 26th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

“To know peace, you first have to know acceptance”, the 13 year old from Silver Spring, Maryland, said. Her poster was selected at the annual joint meeting of the Sandy Spring and Olney Lions Clubs for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Our World, Our Future.” The judging was held on October 28, 2013.

Sandy Spring Lions Club President, Julie Thomas, said she “was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at Farquhar Middle School. It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them. I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.”

“Byrne’s poster will advance to face stiff competition through the Lions 22C district representing Washington, DC, Montgomery Prince George’s, and southern Maryland counties), multiple 22 district (all of Maryland, Washington, DC and Delaware) and international rounds of competition if she is to be declared the international grand prize winner,” Thomas said.

One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000 plus a trip for the winner and two family members to the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.

“Our club is cheering for Lily as her poster advances in the competition and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world”, Thomas said.  Locally, a certificate and monetary prize from the Sandy Spring Club were awarded to Lily Byrne for first place and to runner-up Madison Walerrta at the Sandy Spring Lions meeting on November 25, 2013. Certificates from the Lions Club for the other 75 students from Farquhar Middle School who participated will be distributed by art and photography teacher at Farquhar, Lisa Fernandez.

King Lion’s Komments for November

As the holiday season fast approaches, we Lions all take time to give thanks for all we have and pause to share with others who don’t have as much as we do.  Thanksgiving is next week and Olney HELP needs donations of food and volunteers to pick up donations and to help deliver food to persons in need.  Ours is such an affluent area it is hard to comprehend the needs existing right next door for help.  Please give of your time to help out and remember to bring canned and non-perishable foods to our next meeting so we can help re-stock the food shelves of HELP.

Speaking of help, beginning the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the SSLC will be selling Christmas trees and wreathes.  The trees will be delivered on November 25 and help is needed to unload the truck and set the trees up.  Many hands are also needed to make and decorate the wreathes and candle rings.  The crew experienced in wreath making can easily show newcomers how to make these beautiful decorations.  Sign up to help with either or both to help the club earn more money to support our various charities.

Join the group going to see THE KING & I on December 13 at the Olney Theater.  There are still a few tickets available for $44 a person. 

Dust off your holiday finery and bring your spouse and/or significant other and bring him or her to our annual Holiday party on December 16 — be sure to bring a gift for the exchange (fun or useful or delicious).

Blessings to all Sandy Spring Lions and their families for a wonderful Thanksgiving!