- Published: 18 January 2018 18 January 2018
Learning about how Lions can fight Diabetes
Our very special guest speaker at a recent Vergennes Lions meeting was Colin Foster. Colin was joined by his father, Mark Foster, and he spoke to the club about his Type 1 Diabetes and how it has affected his life. Colin’s parents acquired a German Shepard that is trained to detect the changes in smell when Colin has a sugar high or low, and alert Colin and those around. Their efforts to find the best dog for this job sent them to Germany, and they ended up buying the whole litter. Colin attended Camp Joslin, a summer camp in Massachusetts operated by the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, specifically for youth that live with Type 1 Diabetes. Many Lions clubs sponsor diabetic youth to attend camp Joslin, or the Vermont Overnight Camp also operated by the Barton Center right here in South Hero, VT on the camp Ta-Kum-Ta camp grounds. This year's Vermont Overnight Camp will be July 8-13 2018.
- Published: 03 January 2018 03 January 2018
Volunteers packed 920 bags of food in Wilmington Vermont on Friday December 15th, and drove them to recipients throughout the Deerfield Valley on Saturday morning.
Holiday Baskets is an annual event that helps fill the cupboards of over 150 families in nine southern Vermont towns, from Halifax to Wardsboro. Poinsettias of cheer are delivered to several dozen more families and individuals, too. In all, over 450 are served every December.
- Published: 22 December 2017 22 December 2017
2017 Wreath Raffle Winner!
Carrie Mol of Brandon is the 2017 winner of the Brandon-Forestdale Lions Club Wreath Raffle. Her winning entry was drawn Tuesday night, December 19, at the club annual Christmas dinner at the Neshobe Golf Club.
Mol is pictured holding the wreath as presented to her by Lion Shirley Smela.
The Wreath Raffle raised over $1100 in ticket sales with all proceeds used to fund local community programs administered by the Brandon-Forestdale Lions Club.
- Published: 22 December 2017 22 December 2017
Honoring 40 Years of Community Service
Brandon-Forestdale Lions Club honored charter club member Jeff Smith of Brandon for his service to the Lions and the Brandon-Forestdale community. The award was presented at their December 19th dinner meeting by Past International Director (PID) Tom Broughton who listed Jeff's accomplishments to an appreciative audience. In the photo Jeff is shown with PID Broughton and Brandon-Forestdale Lions Club President Patti Reynolds.
- Published: 13 December 2017 13 December 2017
Toys for Vermont Kids
Collection barrels are out, and toys are being donated, says Lions Committee Co-Chair Sue Hays. The donated toys will be distributed through local food shelves and will make Christmas brighter for families in Vergennes and Bristol communities.
This year the Vergennes Lions are partnering with the Northland Jobs Corps. Job Corps students are assisting with collecting, sorting and distribution of toys. Job Corps is also providing a room on their campus to function as a central collection and distribution point. Co-Chairs Lion Roger and Sue Hays (pictured here with Job Corps student Jubilee Thorburn) are happy to have the new easily accessible area and many helping hands.
- Published: 11 December 2017 11 December 2017
Third graders from Neshobe Elementary School received their annual Student’s Dictionary from the Brandon/Forest Dale Lions Club on December 5th. Pictured with the third graders are Club members Mary Shields, Stacy Shields, Bruce Blanch, Shirley Smela, Burt Reynolds, King Lion Patti Reynolds, Evie Reed, and Harold Reed.
- Published: 04 December 2017 04 December 2017
COLCHESTER, Vt. A first of its kind project, to help hungry Vermonters.
The Vermont District of Lions Clubs gathered in Colchester for their annual cabinet meeting, but that wasn't all they did. Members from Vermont's 34 Lions Clubs packed 10,000 meals at the Hampton Inn. They will be given to food shelves in each Club's town. The Vermont Lions raised $2,500 dollars to purchase the meals which included dried soy, rice, beans and veggies. Cabinet Secretary Carol Green says the event is designed to unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding as well as to help out those in need.
"It's a make you feel good feeling that you're being able to give back to your community and give back to those less fortunate," said Greene. Greene says she hopes to plan more service projects like this in the future, and encourages the public to join their local Lion's Club.
Story by WCAX. Watch the video from WCAX evening news.