Saturday, December 17, 2016

Lions, Leos ring for Salvation Army at Walmart

Lions Bob Kayle and Dave Burns, 9 to 10 a.m., at Lorain Walmart on Dec. 17.

Lions Bruce Bevan and Tim Lombardi, 9 to 10 a.m.

Lion Ben Norton, Lorain High Leo Alexis Sexton, Lion Ken Cromer, 10 to 11 a.m.

Lion Bruce McCartney, Leo Autumn Sexton, Lion Ken Krol, 10 to 11 a.m.

Lion Rich Marcucci, Leos Alexis Sexton, Deadimyr Silva and Lion Barry Buck, 11 a.m. to noon.
Lion Nick Hutlock, Leo Autumn Sexton and Lion Ken Kayle, 11 a.m. to noon.

Doug Kayle and Ken Kayle from noon to 1 p.m.
Joe Ksenich and Glenn Owen from noon to 1 p.m.
Norm Herschelman and Ralph O'Hara from 1 to 2 p.m.
Tom Bruno and Frank Csubak from 1 to 2 p.m.
Brittany Fide, Tammy Tansey and Kim Worden from 2 to 3 p.m.
John Volak, Ed Baker and Bob Cobos from 2 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

LHS Leos Shop with Mary Lee Tucker Clothe-a-Child Kids

LHS Leo Club Advisor Lori Pyers-Goodwin (ABOVE RIGHT) instructs Leo volunteers on their duties as Clothe-A-Child volunteers at  the Midway Mall JCPenney.
Leo Carlos Chavis (ABOVE) was one of several Leos who volunteered with the Mary Lee Tucker Clothe-A-Child program to go shopping with needy kids on  Sunday, December 11.

Leo Club members Evelyn Williams, Alexis Sexton, Glorimar Gonzales, Autumn Sexton at Midway Mall preparing to go shopping.

Checking the list to see what to look for.

ABOVE:  Leos Daesean Brooks, Deadimyr Silva and Arianna Horton keep track of expenses and look for the best sales on items the Clothe-A-Child kids need most.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lorain High School Leos Volunteer at Food Pantry

LHS Leos volunteered at the Food Pantry of Christ Lutheran Church in South Lorain on  Monday, December 12.  This is a very hard working group of young people!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Vision Screening Device Can Identify Sight Problems in Children

Mike Klein (above), a representative for ophthalmalgic equipment manufacturer Welch Allyn, which makes the Spot Vision Screener that the Lions Club is considering for purchase to do screening of pre-schoolers in Lorain.  He demonstrated the screener at the club's December 8 lunch meeting.
Mike Klein (left) explains the screener while Lion Dr. John Smith looks on.
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SCORE Representative Speaks to Lions

Retired executive Bill Bumbalo (above) spoke to Lions at our December 1 dinner meeting about the new office of SCORE in Lorain and its potential to help local businesses.  SCORE is source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs and small businesses, is a nonprofit resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. There are over 300 SCORE offices across the country offering free business mentoring and low- or no-cost workshops.

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.”