District Governor John Shaffer attended the Dunkirk Fredonia Lions Club meeting held at the White Inn.
Shaffer opened with a challenge to add new members to the organization and to get all current members to recommit to the Lions mission. Without strong membership, the ability of a club to commit to their community's needs fall on the hands of the few. Shaffer stated that the club needs to think of Lionism as family. By doing so, the organization will generate new service project ideas. Anyone interested in making a commitment to Lionism can ask a Lion.
The Dunkirk Fredonia Lions Club is involved with many community fundraising activities. Twice a year, the club sponsors the White Cane Drive. The Lions also have a stand at the Chautauqua County Fair. With the funds raised, the Dunkirk Fredonia Lions Club has made donations for hearing aids and eye glasses. The Lions also have a Loan Closet they loan out free of charge anything from wheel chairs, canes, crutches and anything else that would help a patient recover. The club purchased hearing aids for the Fredonia Opera House, awarded $2,000 in scholarships and assist with vision screening for pre-k and kindergarten students in local schools.
From left: Past District Governor John Banach, Dunkirk Fredonia President Judith Cole and 20-N District Governor John Shaffer.
During the summer, the Lions honored veterans with a picnic, and even sponsored a Veteran's Trip to Washington D.C. for WWII Vets to Vietnam Vets. This year the club hopes to sponsor another trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the veterans' memorials. In December, the Lions Club also sponsored Breakfast with Santa.
If anyone is interested in becoming a Lion to help the local community, contact Sally Olow at 366-6645.