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


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


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.

Upcoming Events: September

Please come out and see us if you get a chance in September.

September 18-21 – White Cane Vision Days – Cloverly and Olney Safeway – If you are looking for an opportunity to support your local community as well as help blind and diabetic people around the world, look no further than your local grocery stores.  Lions will be out front of Safeway collecting donations (and eyeglasses, if you have any.)  Please stop by and say hello!  Thank you very much to Safeway for letting us use their space.

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.  All tickets must be purchased before September 11, so please do so!  As always, guests are welcome at our regular meeting, especially those who are interested in finding out more about what Lionism is all about.  Contact us at the e-mail or number listed on the site to let us know you’re interested in coming!

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.


Eyeglass Donation Box Locations

We often get requests for information about our donation box location for eyeglasses.  Here are some locations where you can drop off used eyeglasses:

  • Montgomery General Hospital lobby, 18101 Prince Philip Drive
  • CVS Pharmacy, 3610 Olney – Sandy Spring Road
  • Fletcher’s BP Service, 17901 Georgia Avenue
  • Giant Food & Drug, 17821 Georgia Avenue
  • EyeWorks Vision Care Center, 18159 Village Center Drive
  • Medical Eye Center, 3402 Olandwood Court
  • Sandy Spring Bank, W. H. Derrick Building lobby, 17801 Georgia Avenue
  • Montgomery County Library, 3500 Olney –Laytonsville Road
  • Sandy Spring Friends House, 17340 Quaker Lane
  • Cloverly Safeway, 15411 New Hampshire Avenue
  • Ashton United Methodist Church, 17314 New Hampshire Avenue
  • White Oak Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Avenue
  • Brookeville Salem United Methodist Church, 12 High Street

Alert: Wheelchairs Needed

The Greater Olney News July 12th Edition provided information about the new incoming officers of the Sandy Spring Lions Club (SSLC) under the leadership of King Lion Bill Lavely and a staff of volunteer Lions.

One of the Sandy Spring Lions Club (SSLC) programs that serve the local public is their long-standing medical equipment loan program. Each year the SSLC members exert hundreds of volunteer hours to collect and redistribute items such as walkers, crutches, rollators, canes, potty chairs, raised toilet seats, knee walkers, hospital beds, personal lifts, scooters, and wheel chairs.

Donations and loans ebb and flow during the year but at the present time the SSLC has a critical shortage of standard wheel chairs and transport chairs.

They are calling upon the giving spirit of the community to go through stored items in the their attics, storage units, garages, basements that may have accumulated from relatives and friends to determine if an old wheel chair collecting dust bunnies can be recycled. SSLC loans these out to healthy folks who had accidents; those having orthopedic surgeries; or relatives visiting to observe their son/daughter graduate from high school, college, or athletic events.

SSLC requests residents in the Greater Olney community to search through stored items to determine if they have gently used wheel chairs and other portable medical equipment items that can be donated to their medical equipment loan program.

Past District Governor and Past King Lion Brother Pattie will be selling vacation raffle tickets in front of Dempsey’s of Ashton Restaurant on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 AM to about 1:00 PM during July, August, and several weeks into September. Donated wheel chairs can be dropped-off with him and gratefully accepted on behalf of the next needy recipients of our community.

The SSLC can be reached at telephone 301-288- 1393, or email: sandyspringlions@gmail.com.