Sandy Spring Lions have been serving our community for 75 years and are once again embarking on a new & improved Christmas Tree & Wreath Sales fundraiser project selling Fraser Firs & handmade Fraser Fir wreaths beginning FRI. NOV. 26th at the old Montgomery General Hospital grounds, located @ Rt. 108 & Prince Phillip Drive. Our tree lot will be open 4-7PM on THU/FRI’s & 10A to 7P on SAT/SUN’s and will continue until all trees/wreaths are sold. While there remains a multi-state wide tree shortage making supplies once again limited, we were able to secure 340 trees of preferred sizes. While selling inventory, we collect recycled eyeglasses in support of the Lions Recycle For Sight Program & have donation buckets available to support our Foundation. Please spread the word to all in the area to visit us & buy a great Fraser Fir Tree/Wreath before we sell out!
For a relatively small but active club, we had 2 LEOs, 3-Club friends, & 14 Lions volunteer thus far in the 2 set-up phases totaling over 130 man-hours of volunteerism. We wish to recognize & thank the Burtonsville Club for their donated assets provided in 2020, which have greatly enhanced the ease/speed of this major annual fundraiser. Our Lions, LEOs, friends, & wonderful Elves all volunteer their precious hours best exhibiting the Lions motto: WE SERVE!!
Our wreath construction elves work out of PDG Meredith Pattie’s garage with our own trimmings & donated tree boughs. Lions Bill Thomas and Meredith Pattie team up with Lions Julie Thomas, Liz Brigham, others, and this year as many as five LEO’s to create/decorate a targeted 75 wreaths this year. Come and buy them!
We are looking for volunteers who are willing to help us sell Christmas Trees this year, specifically we offer volunteers hours for high schoolers!
You can sign up at
Even during the COVID distance learning in Montgomery County, MD, Sherwood High School Leos (sponsored by the Sandy Spring Lions CLub) wrote and made more than 125 holiday cards for senior citizens in a nursing home. Here is a picture of Sherwood Leo co-president Joanna Gibbs with some of the cards when she was getting ready to take them to the nursing home. The bag was full of them and she had another bag too.
The Sandy Spring Lions Club is once again selling Christmas trees and handmade wreaths beginning November 27 at the old Montgomery General Hospital grounds, located at Olney Sandy Spring Road and Prince Philip Drive.
The tree lot will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The sale continues until all the trees are sold. Several sizes of fresh-cut Fraser fir trees will be available. Due to an area wide tree shortage, supplies are limited so be sure to shop early.
Proceeds benefit the Club, which gives back 100 percent of the proceeds to charitable projects, mostly in the local community.
When entering the lot be advised that Covid-19 safety protocols will be in effect so please wear a mask and observe social distancing. Also, the number of people entering the lot at any one time may also need to be limited.
Cash, credit cards and checks will be accepted.
The Sandy Spring Lions are proud to be back in the community. We have been collecting funds to help the lions help the blind at local Olney and Cloverly grocery stores as well as outside GrillMarx in Olney.
Pictured above are Lions Paul Hawkins, Paul Gebicke, and Rich Collins.
The money collected at White Cane vision days goes towards several causes related to finding blindness including:
- low vision research at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute
- local and regional vision screenings
- grants for surgeries for the indigent
- eyeglasses for those who need them both in our community and overseas
- projects to prevent chronic causes of blindness such as diabetes and river blindness.
In addition, some of the funds go to disaster recovery and scholarships for local youth.
We will be out at GrillMarx and Olney Giant this week and hope to see you there. Donating even 50 cents can make a huge difference!
Lion Paul Gebicke and First Vice District Governor Bill Lavely went out for the Olney Lions golf tournament today. Sandy Spring is excited to be getting back out in action this September!