Saturday, December 3, 2016

Lorain High Leo Club volunteers at Second Harvest Food Bank

By Carol Harper, The Morning Journal

One good deed leads to another.
After volunteering to serve as “buddies” for Special Olympics athletes last year, Lorain High School students asked for more ways to apply their hearts and muscle.
So they formed a Leo Club and partnered with a Lorain Lions Club on community service projects.
On Nov. 29, about 15 students volunteered to sort, check, and wipe cans and boxes of food at Second Harvest Food Bank, 5510 Baumhart Road, Lorain.
“This is our second time of coming,” said Kevin Goodwin, co-advisor for Leo Club. “They come once a month. There are more than 30 kids in Leo Club with the Lions Club.
“We worked with the Lions Club for their pancake breakfast (Nov. 6) and they made about $8,000,” Goodwin said. “They had kids who started with the 7:30 a.m. shift right until 1 p.m., serving food and helping with cleanup.
“A good portion of the basketball team are members, too, but they’re out at a scrimmage tonight, so they do other things with us,” Goodwin said.
“They’re planning on doing a Saturday Fun Day for the kids in Special Olympics, like relay races, more and more getting families involved in the school system. And about 25 kids signed up to be bell ringers for Salvation Army. And some of them are getting involved with Mary Lee Tucker Clothe-a-Child.”
Stephanie Ryan of Grafton, a Second Harvest employee and volunteer assistant for more than a year, said volunteers make the organization effective.
The repack room received a shipment of about 40 pallets with 24 banana boxes per pallet of canned and boxed food from a retail store salvage warehouse, she said.
The volunteers wiped and checked each item for expiration dates and damage, then sorted, labeled and reboxed the food.
“I enjoy it,” Ryan said. “It makes me feel good at the end of the day. I enjoy helping people. The more volunteers we have the more food we get out to feed the hungry. And I think it’s important for the kids to come in and get that experience and know they have helped people. I love to see kids groups come in. The more food we can get out the better. It’s one step further toward no hunger.”
Students Dede Silva, 16, a sophomore, and Sundus Deif, 14, a freshman from Egypt, wiped cans and boxes with Bruce Bevan of Amherst, a Lions Club past president and a 1969 graduate of Lorain High School.
“I’m celebrating my 50th anniversary of my 10th grade year,” Bevan said.
“I’m trying to do things for a good cause,” Dede said. “I always like to help. I like getting into things and I thought this would be a good reason.”
“I like helping people,” Sundus said.
Lorain seniors Sly Worthy and Quentin Pardon, both 17, sorted some heavier items and broke down boxes.
“Just to give back,” Sly said. “I think it’s good to give back to the community. I want to be a teacher, and then I want to be the mayor of Lorain.”
Quentin was looking for opportunities.
“When I joined the Leo Club, they talked about all the events you could join to help out the community,” Quentin said, adding he hopes to become an analyst or broadcaster someday.
Sly said, “I didn’t expect there to be this much food. It’s crazy how much food is here.”
Brianna Nethers, 16, a junior, has visited Second Harvest about 10 times with Leo and Key clubs.
“In the beginning I was told it would be something with Special Olympics,” Nethers said, “and to go out and help the community. If you have the time, why not?”
Kobe Goodwin-Pyers, 16, a junior, said volunteering is enjoyable.
“We made this club after the Special Olympics,” Kobe said. “Everyone realized how fun it was to help out. None of these kids had opportunities to give back to our community.”

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Lorain Lions and LHS Leos Volunteer at Second Harvest

Leos get a brief orientation and training before starting the work of inspecting, cleaning and sorting food for boxing up.

A very attentive group of Leos gets ready for some real work.

LHS Leos Sly (left) and Quint (right), who are also members of the highly successful LHS Titans football team,  have to have very good eyesight to find those expiration dates..  

Lion Kevin Goodwin talks to reporter Carol Harper of The Morning Journal about the Leos and the importance of community service for high school students.

Five Lion supervisors (Glenn Owen, Bruce Bevan, Ralph O'Hara and Dan Asensio) point out the scrap of paper missed by Lion Barry Buck who just finished sweeping up the huge work area.

Lions Ralph, Glenn, Mitch and Vivian Fallis after a satisfying hour of volunteering at Second Harvest.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sherrif's Department Describes Project Lifesaver Program and Equipment

At the Lorain Lions November 17 luncheon meeting, Lorain County Sheriff Phil Stammitti, Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh and deputies Robert Vansant and Mark Bungard demonstrated how Project Lifesaver detection system works for finding lost individuals.  It is a remarkable technology that locates lost individuals in less than 30 minutes on average and has prevented loss of life since going into use in 1999.

Tax deductible donations can be made to support Project Lifesaver Lorain County by sending a check made out to "Amherst Lions Club Foundation" (include "Project Lifesaver" in memo line) and mailing it to:
Project Lifesaver Lorain County
P.O. Box 273
Amherst, OH  44001

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Lorain County Extension Agent Speaks to Lions

John Schoenhals, Cooperative Extension Agent for Lorain County, explained the services of his agency and answered questions ranging from the state of agriculture in Lorain County to how to deal with lawn conditions and plant diseases posed by club members.  Agent Schoenhals has a Master's Degree from OSU and began his position in the county this past June.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Lorain High Leos serve at Lions breakfast

Thanks to these photographs by Lorain High School Leo Club advisor Lori Pyers-Goodwin of our successful Lorain Lions Club breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Lorain IAV Post 1 in Lorain.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Lions, Leos and friends work hard at Second Harvest

Members of the Lorain Lions, Lorain High School Leos and Andy Schworer and his family made it 17 strong in volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Thanks to Leo Club advisors Lori Pyers-Goodwin and Kevin Goodwin for these great photos. Andy is the Henrietta Township teen, now a student from Lorain County Joint Vocational School who is becoming able to see after being born blind after receiving a number of state-of-the-art treatments using his own stem cells. Lorain Lions help pay for these sight-saving treatments through its fundraising efforts, like their Nov. 6 pancake breakfast being held at the Italian-American Veterans Post No. 1, 4567 Oberlin Ave., Lorain. Breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are available from Lorain Lions and Leo Club members for $5. Tickets purchased at the door on Nov. 6 will be $6.

Medical lecturer talks to Lions about high blood pressure

Medical lecturer and patient advocate Tom Strong of Westlake spoke to Lorain Lions and guests at the Oct. 27 noon meeting about the dangers of having high blood pressure along with advice on how to control it. Breakfast leaders Rich Foil and Ed Baker announced success in selling the maximum amount of placemat ads and table sponsors for the Nov. 6 breakfast. Lions are urged to continue to sell tickets.