February Program: Sandy Spring Slave Museum

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Tonight’s program was presented by Joy Turner from the George and Georgianna Campbell Sandy Spring Slave Museum & African Art Gallery.  The museum is located in the Freeman’s Village on Brooke Road in Sandy Spring.

The campus is very interactive.  They start with a trip through Africa, with replica structures, African art, textiles, and musical instruments.

The museum continues on to the time of slavery with examples of bondage instruments and farm materials that you are allowed to touch to experience in a tactile way what things might have been like.

It tells the stories of the underground railroad, which it is believed went through Sandy Spring.  The story then continues through manumission and emancipation of the local slaves.

The museum also contains a research library and stages free musical presentations.

Tours of the museum are available by appointment.

 

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January 2018 Program: John Chu from the U.S. Mint

 

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Welcome to 2018!  Tonight’s program was put on by John Chu, Branch Chief from the Office of Corporate Communications at the U.S. Mint.

John gave us a brief history of the U.S. Mint, from it’s beginning in 1792 until the present day.  There are 6 Mint facilities today, including Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, West Point, Fort Knox, and HQ in nearby Washington, DC.

He shared a couple videos with us including the Mint minute Video.

John told us about our Lions Club Commemorative Coin which came out in 2017 and the proceeds of which go to Lions Club International Foundation.  Commemorative Coins come out at most annually and are authorized by Congress and the President.

 

Upcoming Events: December 2017

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays – Christmas Tree Sales – On December weekends, we will be selling Christmas trees on the old hospital grounds in Olney at the corner of 108 and Prince Phillip Drive.  Our hours are Thursday and Friday 2-7 and Saturday and Sunday 10-7.  Please come by and pick up a tree!  This is one of our great fundraisers.  We will also be making and selling wreaths at the Christmas Tree lot so please stop by if you are interested.

Tuesday, December 12 – Board Meeting – Our board will meet in December at Winter Growth.  Hopefully it won’t be too cold!

Monday, December 18 – Holiday Party – A holiday party takes the place of our regular meeting in December, which is also moved up a week.  We will have a special dinner, Christmas carols, and a Yankee Swap gift exchange.   Spouses are invited!  Let us know if you would like to come join us for the party.

Tuesday, December 19 – Blood Drive – The holidays are a perfect time to give!  And blood is always needed.  The Lions Club and the Red Cross will team up for blood collection at Ashton United Methodist Church in December.  Please sign up if you are able to give.

Upcoming Events: November 2017

Thursday, November 9 – Zone Meeting – The Laurel Lions Club will be hosting members of the Sandy Spring, Olney, Colesville, Burtonsville, Leisure World, and Takoma Park Lions Clubs at the Laurel Fire Department at 6:30 for dinner.  This is a chance for clubs that are close geographically to exchange ideas and let each other know the needs for their communities.

Tuesday, November 14 – Board Meeting – Our board of directors will be making decisions, enjoying fellowship, and having snacks at the Lion’s Den in Winter Growth.  Lions are welcome to come join the group and have your voice heard.

Friday, November 17 – Theater Event – “Annie” at Olney Theatre – Join us for our annual fall social at our renowned regional theater.  We have light hors d’oeuvres, wine, and other goodies before the play and at intermission.

Monday, November 27 – Regular Meeting – Our monthly meeting will be held at its regular time at Salem United Methodist Church.  Guests are welcome, please let us know ahead of time if you will be bringing one or are one.  Our programs have been top notch as late, so please do join us.

October Program: District Governor Carl Vettel

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Tonight’s meeting was a joint meeting with the Olney Lions Club.

DG Carl Vettel brought us a message from the International President Naresh Aggarwal, about the power of we.  It’s all about clubs working together, Lions working together, different service organizations joining together.  We can do more if we organize and work together.

Traditionally, the international focus has been on four areas: vision, hunger, environment, and youth.  Given that all of these areas can benefit youth, that last focus has been changed to diabetes and pediatric cancer.

Next year is the 50th anniversary of LCIF.  They have given a billion dollars in grants as of this year.  Our district has given a lot, especially to disaster relief, and have received a lot, including grants to help.

Many other district programs are thriving such as Lions Camp Merrick, Lions Youth Foundation, Lions Vision Research Foundation, National Memorial Day Parade, the District Honor Roll.

The governor also let us know about a great service project idea going around the district to turn the hard glasses cases that we usually can’t accept or use into first aid/health kits that can be distributed to the homeless.

Both clubs appreciated the visit from our DG and members of his cabinet.  It was a great night.

September Program: Metro Washington Association of Blind Athletes

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Our guest speaker, Karla Gilbride, is a co-founder of  the Metro Washington Association of Blind Athletes.  After participating in a similar organization in San Francisco after college, she moved to DC and did not find any similar multi-sport clubs for the blind here, so decided to found one of her own with a fellow blind athlete.

Karla spoke movingly about her experiences growing up horseback riding and participating in other sports even though she was not sighted. Since many young blind children have not had the experiences she did, she wanted to start this organization to improve that situation.

The organization’s first event in 2015 was a goalball clinic to help learn the game. This sport was founded by veterans blinded during World War II, and involves a ball with bells on it. Sighted players can also play while blindfolded.  The organization offers Judo classes, which is a sport that can easily be adapted to include blind and sighted co-competition.  Yoga and tandem biking are two other sports that the organization offers.

The association has also sponsored scholarships for athletes attempting to qualify or train for the Paralympics.

The program is looking for donations so that they can continue to do scholarships, purchase sports equipment, and run tournaments.  In the immediate future, they are looking specifically to set up a kickball league and need to purchase the equipment including a ball and bases that make sound.

All in all this was a very informative and dynamic program and we thank Karla for sharing it with us!

Upcoming Events: October 2017

Monday, September 25 – Raffle Drawing and Regular Meeting – We will be having our Travel Raffle drawing at our regular meeting at Salem United Methodist Church on Monday the 25th.  We’ll let you know who wins!  If you’re interested in coming to a meeting, just call or e-mail us to let us know.

September 26-29 – White Cane Vision Days – Olney Giant and Olney Shoppers – We’ll be back at it again two weeks later at other local groceries.  Please come out and support us by “Helping the Lions Help the Blind.”  Collections go towards local scholarships, The Wilmer Eye Institute, and other blindness prevention programs locally and internationally.

October 14 – Adopt-a-Road Ednor Road – The lions will be doing environmental cleanup and beautification along Ednor Road between Norwood Road and New Hampshire Avenue.  If you would like to join us, we meet at the parking lot of the Hampshire View Baptist Church at 9am.  Snacks are provided!  This is an event full of fellowship and a great community service.

October 17 – Blood Drive – Salem United Methodist Church – We partner with the red cross to collect over 150 pints of blood per year, and we can’t do it without the support of our community.  Please join us in saving lives by donating life-saving blood.  You can make a reservation through our phone number, the red cross, or you can just walk in.  The drive runs from noon to 6pm.

October 21 – Lions Leadership Event – As Lions, we are all about learning new things.  There will be a multiple district leadership training and mentoring event in Baltimore for current Lions.  Contact Lion Bill Thomas for details.

October 23 – Regular Meeting – We will be having our regular meeting at Salem United Methodist Church at 7:00pm.  This will be a joint meeting with the Olney club, so it will be much bigger and may be more raucous than usual.  The district governor is expected to speak.  Please let us know if you would like to attend to see what Lionism is about.