Christmas Tree Sales Have Started

The Sandy Spring Lions have begun our Christmas Tree sales.  We hear there is a shortage this year, but that does not discourage us, and we have NOT raised our prices.

Come visit us at the old hospital grounds at 2901 Olney-Sandy Spring Road at the corner of 108 and Prince Philip Drive.  We have all Fraser firs at a variety of sizes, priced accordingly.  Our prices range from $25 to $80.

Our hours, as usual, are Thursday and Friday 2-7pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am-7pm.  Sales will be very big this weekend so come by and check out our selection before it goes!

All money raised goes back to support the community.

Sherwood High School, 1931


Lion Meredith “Brother” Pattie brought this framed photo to our meeting tonight of all the students of Sherwood High School (from all grades) present for the photo in the 1931 school year.  Included in the photo are Brother’s parents and uncle.  Also included is the father of current member Brenda Finkel.

Brother is looking to donate the photo to Sherwood High School or the Sherwood High School alumni association, but was kind enough to share it with the club first.

Sandy Spring Lions “Quack Drill Team”


​Check out The Sandy Spring ​Maryland ​Lions Club “Quack Drill Team” members just prior to marching in the Olney​​ ​Days Parade​ on Sunday Apr 30, 2018​​.​

​They​​ ​won​ the troph​y​ for 1st Place in the Marching ​Unit Division.

drill team

The team included, Lions All, ​PDG Don Beeson, PDG Brother Pattie, PDG Bill Thomas, John McCloskey, Greg Fuller, David Hull, and Paul Gebicke. ​Not shown are Team Marchers Raye Litton and Joyce Howes. (Taking the pictures)

Total age of all team members is 765 years!​ ​Total years of Service in Lionism – 234 years!!!!

The team was led in the parade by King Lion Bill Lavely and Lion Larry Kenney in Bill’s truck, proudly displaying the ​​Lions International Emblem.

​Photos by Lions Joyce Howes, Raye Litton and Julie Thomas​

February Program: Sandy Spring Slave Museum


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.


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



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.