August Program: The Salute Military Golf Association

At the August meeting, Colonel John Barnes gave a presentation on “The Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA)” at the Sandy Spring Lions Club dinner.

SMGA provides rehabilitative golf experiences and family-inclusive golf opportunities for post-9-11 wounded war veterans in an effort to improve the quality of life for these American Heroes. Eligible veterans include those wounded or injured in post 9-11 military operations, including those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and /or traumatic Brain injury (TBI).

Contributions can be made to SMGA at their site.

The following video, courtesy of Maryam Esmaili, gives you a taste of the presentation.

Come to a Lions meeting and join us in seeing these excellent programs!

Lions Mobile Health Unit at Montgomery County Fair

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On Tuesday, August 18 the Sandy Spring Lions Club conducted free vision, hearing, and glaucoma screenings in the Lions Community Outreach Foundation Mobile Health Unit at the Montgomery County Fair. We began screening at 10:00 am and continued on until 5:00 pm. Since Tuesday was Senior Citizens Day, the majority of our screening clients were senior citizens.

This was our club’s first opportunity to do screenings in the new trailer, which is a big improvement over the bus in terms of comfort, convenience, and more modern screening equipment. Having a tent to provide shade all day long was also a welcome change.

A total of 54 screenings were provided to 34 clients. 8 Lions and one guest worked a total of 32 hours. Thanks to Lions Ed Loane, Warren Derrick, Carole Derrick, Narcy Klag, Brother Pattie, Joyce Howes, and Bill Lavely for their enthusiastic participation. A very special thanks to our guest, Dr. Maryam Esmaeli, for her assistance. In addition to doing screenings, she made many postings to social media, including the Sandy Spring Lions Facebook page. Be sure to check it out and Like!

We also have a video of King Lion Narcy Klag describing the event, courtesy of Dr. Esmaeli:

Presentation of School Supplies

Lion Julie Thomas presents school supplies.

Lion Julie Thomas presents school supplies.

The Sandy Spring Lions Club presented a large selection of school supplies, including backpacks, for underserved students at Sherwood Elementary School.

Past President Lion Julie Thomas is shown making the presentation to Sherwood counselor Jennifer Fleming on August 17th.

Free Health Screening in Olney

Sign in Olney MD

Sign Announcing Lions Heath Screening Event

The Sandy Spring Lions held a screening event on Friday, May 15 and
Saturday, May 16 in the Olney Village Shopping Center. The event was
sponsored by EyeWorks Vision Care Center and was held in the Lions District
22-C Mobile Health Unit. EyeWorks made promotional coupons available to all
who were screened.

A total of 37 clients received vision, hearing and glaucoma screenings over
the two-day period. 11 Sandy Spring Lions spent a total of 39 hours
performing the screenings. A number of positive comments were received from
other members of the community who stopped by to ask about the project but
did not receive screenings.

On Sunday, May 17 the Mobile Health Unit participated in the Olney Days
Parade. Lions Bill Lavely, John Howes, and Don Beeson walked along with the
MHU carrying Sandy Spring Lions banners.

Thanks to Lions Bob Spiers, Brother Pattie, Julie Thomas, Luana Beeson, Tim
Conner, Ed Loane, Joyce Howes, John Howes, and Bill Lavely for their
assistance and support.

Come Play a Round of Golf with the Lions!

‘Regal’ by captainchompy, License at creativecommons.org.

‘Regal’ by captainchompy, License at creativecommons.org.

The annual Sandy Spring Lions Club golf outing is coming up on May 8th, 2015 at Willow Springs Golf Course in West Friendship, Maryland.  There will be fun for all and prizes for Longest Drive, Closest to Pin, Low Team Score, High Team Score, as well as Door Prizes.  The format is a 2 Person Team Scramble.  Cost per golfer is $85.00.  Lunch to folllow!

This is a great event put on every year with hard work by Lions Bill Lavely and John Howes.  So come on out and play with us!

For more information or to sign up, e-mail sandyspringlions@gmail.com.

Sherwood Leos get a special visitor courtesy of District 22-C

Sherwood Leos get a visit from Jasmin, Leader Dog in training

Sherwood Leos get a visit from Jasmin, Leader Dog in training

Lions Julie Thomas and Lois Barb, 22-C Leader Dog chair, along with Leader Dog puppy-in-training Jasmin, visited the Sherwood High School Leo Club on February 9, 2015. The Leos learned about both the Leader Dog and puppy raising programs and were able to pet Jasmin while she was “not working.” As a service project to raise money for Leader Dogs, the Sherwood Leos will be selling Valentine flowers all week in the school.  The Sherwood Leo Club is sponsored by the Sandy Spring Lions Club.

Sandy Spring Lions Serve at NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo

Sandy Spring Lions Proudly Serve at a Regional Health Fair

Sandy Spring Lions Proudly Serve at a Regional Health Fair

The Sandy Spring Lions Club has a long history of working at local and regional health fairs providing health screenings.  Our history continued this year at the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo at the Washington Convention Center on January 10, 2015.  Nine Lions attended, including three Past District Governors, the current King Lion and two new Lions.  They performed vision screenings at the Lions District 22-C booth.