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.

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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.

Lions Provide Free Health Screenings in Olney

Lions Jean McCloskey, John McCloskey, and David Hull welcome community members to their free health screenings.

Lions Jean McCloskey, John McCloskey, and David Hull welcome community members to their free health screenings.

The Sandy Spring Lions Club and EyeWorks Vision Care Center co-hosted a screening event at Olney Village Center on Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31, 2014. Using the Mobile Health Unit provided by the District 22C Lions Community Outreach Foundation, the Lions provided free vision, hearing, and glaucoma screenings to members of the public from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. A total of 64 screenings were performed, with 34 clients being referred to a medical professional for further testing. Certificates for discounts on eye exams and eyeglass purchases were provided by EyeWorks for those receiving vision referrals. A local audiologist also left business cards for those receiving hearing referrals. 20 pairs of donated eyeglasses and $50 in voluntary contributions were received.

The weatherman cooperated with warm, sunny weather on both days. A total of 14 Lions contributed 46 hours of service. New Lions Anne Bucher, David Hull, John McCloskey, and Jean McCloskey were trained on the screening equipment.

Special kudos to Lion Bill Lavely for arranging delivery and return of the Mobile Health Unit to the LCOF offices at Melwood.

Lions Bill Thomas, Don Beeson, Greg Fuller, and Ann Bucher pose outside the Lions Community Outreach Foundation Mobile Health Unit

Lions Bill Thomas, Don Beeson, Greg Fuller, and Ann Bucher pose outside the Lions Community Outreach Foundation Mobile Health Unit

 

 

 

 

 

April Program: Olney Help

Lions present dry goods they collected to Olney Help representative Marilyn Simonds

Lions Bob Spiers, Julie Thomas, Doug Farquhar, and Jim Simmel present dry goods they collected to Olney Help representative Marilyn Simonds.

 

At our April meeting, Director of Olney HELP Marilyn Simonds spoke to us about the work they do in the Olney-Ashton-Sandy Spring community.  Their food pantry is indispensable when it comes to helping local people who are hungry.

Our members filled over 10 bags of dry food for the pantry and we also made a donation to support their ability to provide fresh food as well.

Olney Help is always looking for volunteers to help deliver food or take calls.  Volunteers work one or two days a month and it is very rewarding.  Click the link above if you are interested in helping out.

October Program: District Governor Dee Hawkins

District Governor Dee Hawkins addresses a joint meeting of the Olney and Sandy Spring Lions Clubs

District Governor Dee Hawkins addresses a joint meeting of the Olney and Sandy Spring Lions Clubs

This month the District Governor of 22-C, Dee Hawkins, addressed the club at our annual joint meeting with the Olney Lions.  She spoke about the dreams of Melvin Jones and Helen Keller to create an organization founded on the ideal of service, and how those dreams came true.  She also challenged us to work together to make our own grand dreams come true.

The meeting was well attended by members of Governor Dee’s cabinet and both clubs.  

Lions Serve at the 93rd Annual Picnic and Bazaar

Lion Narcy unloads some corn from the overflow cooker during the busy dinner rush.

Lion Narcy unloads some corn from the overflow cooker during the busy dinner rush.

The Medstar Montgomery Hospital Women’s Board Annual Picnic and Bazaar was held on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013.  Over 30 members of the Sandy Spring Lions Club worked over 200 volunteer hours to help make this event happen.

The Lions started work at 7am on Saturday morning staging tent supplies.  At 8am a full complement of Sandy Spring and Olney Lions arrived to help put up the tents and move them to their proper locations.  At 10am we were assisted by the boys from Our House, who drove stakes and delivered tables.  Tent setup was completed at 12:30pm.

On Tuesday, the day of the event, Lions helped shuck all the corn that was to be served during the day.  Lion Bill Thomas also organized a complement of members to cook corn all throughout the day in 4 three-hour shifts.  Utilizing a giant boiler and an overflow pot, 72 ears of corn could cook at once.

Immediately after corn cooking was complete, at 8pm, takedown commenced.  All the tents were taken down and stored away for next year in 2 and a half hours of frantic activity.  Many thanks to Lion Narcy for organizing the tent construction and takedown.

Sandy Spring Lions in the Olney Days Parade

The Lions Float that appeared in the 2013 Olney Days Parade.  Pictured: Lions all, Warren Derrick, Greg Fuller, Raye Litten, David Hull, Larry Kenney

The Lions Float that appeared in the 2013 Olney Days Parade. Pictured: Lions all, Warren Derrick, Greg Fuller, Raye Litten, David Hull, Larry Kenney

Lions from our club participated in the 2013 Olney Days Parade last week.  A total of 5 Lions worked to build and prepare the float on Friday, then on Sunday we had four Lions ride the float and help to break it down after the parade.

Our float was in the third stage of the parade, after the Olney Fields of Screams float and before a group of children from a local daycare center.  This was a lot less daunting than the year there was a monster truck behind us revving its engine throughout the whole parade.

The three members on board waved and threw candy to the onlookers.