Home for the Holidays
The Home for the Holidays program debuted as community service project this Thanksgiving. The first part of the program included inviting Marines into the homes of Lions to share food, family and fun.
There were 23 Lions hailing from 10 clubs volunteering but because the Marines are being well supported within their internal military family, as disappointing as it was, the Marines sent kind regrets that this year they already made prior commitments.
The second part of the Home for the Holidays project, the delivery for those on duty, including the Single Marine Program, was a phenomenal success. With the professional coordination between Quantico leadership and the supervisors for the Marines on duty, the Lions served over 250 Marines!
Aquia Evening Lions solicited and attained $2000 worth of donations from 8 vendors in the local area with a balance of $645 paid by Aquia Evening upon request. The generous vendors included:
Turkey & Green beans by Wegmans (Woodbridge),
Mashed Potatoes by Bob Evans (Stafford),
Stuffing & Gravy & Cranberry by Micks (Stafford),
Sweet Potatoes by Outback (Stafford),
Salad & Dressing by Olive Garden (Fredericksburg),
Dinner Rolls by Texas Roadhouse (Fredericksburg),
Pumpkin Pie by Cracker Barrel (Dumfries),
Whipped Cream by Giant (Stafford).
Volunteer Lions, one from Aquia Evening Lions and one from Aquia Host picked up food on Wednesday from 5 Vendors and met at Quantico to deliver the food to the designated location where Thanksgiving dinner and delivery was going to be on Thursday.
Thanksgiving morning was very busy, with 2 lions, one from Aquia Evening Lions picking up from 2 vendors and 1 lion from Woodbridge picking up from another location with the final contributions of the meal.
The actual meal preparation of precooked food commenced at 10am anticipating a 2pm pick-up and eating time. There were 2 lions from Aquia Evening, 3 civilian staff from the Marine Single Program, and 2 active duty Marine volunteers all working at a steady pace all day.
During the warm holiday meal blessing, the young Marine gave sincere thanks to the LIONS for ‘making’ their Thanksgiving this year. Even though the Lions ended their duty day at 5pm when the days’ work was completed, the memory of this Thanksgiving with the Marines at Quantico… will endure a lifetime. It’s a great time to be a Lion and share the accomplishments of the Pride!
Lions Poinsettia Sales is completed for 2014!!!
Thank you to Sheryl and Camille the chairs of this exciting project. They organized, encouraged, took orders and lead a team of Volunteers in a caravan to pick up and deliver 100's of beautiful Poinsettias plants.
Thanks to all of the Lions who sold and bought poinsettias this year. Because of your efforts, we will add about $2,600.00 to our funds available for service projects.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Was a BIG Success! Thank you to our Chair Dawn and Co-Chair Cathy and all of the many volunteers that made it possible and for the 130 plus attendees. Everyone enjoyed shopping at Santa's Workshop, breakfast and of course visiting with Mrs and Mr. Clause.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO SIGHT AND HEARING PROGRAMS
Sorry, SANTA VISITS are sold out for 2014!
If you missed out be sure to sign up early next year!
LIONS Early Childhood Vision Screening Project (ECVSP)
ECVSP is a vision screening program to identify treatable or preventable causes of blindness in preschool and young children in Eastern Prince William, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George and Westmoreland Counties. The program also provides for professional eye exams and treatment of vision defects. While the focus is for pediatric care, Lions Clubs' vision screening is available for all residents in our service area.
We meet on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Aquia Harbour Country Club. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and lasts approximately two hours. If you would like to be our guest for dinner, and to learn more about Lionism, please contact us for an invitation. You do not have to live in Aquia Harbour to become a member - many of our members live in the surrounding area.
Stafford Aquia Evening Lions Charities, Inc., our 501(c)(3), has a newly designated CFC number for the Potomac Combined Federal Campaign. Our number is 99070 and is a universal number for use in any Combined Federal Campaign. Federal employees/service members may only designate their donation to the CFC in which our organization is approved--Potomac Combined Federal Campaign, Number 99070. The 2013 campaign will begin on September 1 and run through December 15, 2013. Remember us when it comes time to donate. WE SERVE.
Do you have old eyeglasses you would like to donate? You can drop them off at the following locations:
- AHPOA Information Center, 1221 Washington Drive, Stafford
- The Clubhouse at the Aquia Harbour Country Club, 204 Bow Cove, Stafford
- John Musante Porter Memorial Library, 2001 Parkway Boulevard, Stafford
- Office of Genice Mancini, OD, 45 Doc Stone Road, Stafford
- Office of My Eye Doctor, 1515 Stafford Marketplace #121, Stafford
There are two Lions Clubs in Aquia Harbour: the Aquia Evening Lions, whose membership is entirely female, and the Aquia Host Lions, whose membership is entirely male. The Aquia Evening Lions were originally chartered in 1981 as the Aquia Lioness Club, which was a women's auxiliary to the Aquia Harbour Lions. Once Lions International offered women full membership rights, the Aquia Evening Lions Club was chartered in 1992, and the men's club name was changed to the Aquia Host Lions Club. The two clubs continue to have a close relationship, and work together on several projects and fundraisers throughout the year.
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.