By Dodi Bunker

During the Aquia Evening Lions Club Charter Brunch on June 4, we had as our guests two of the three $1,000 scholarship recipients.  This scholarship is named The Florence Mittino Memorial Scholarship Program in honor of Lion Florence who passed away in the Fall. This year’s winners are: 

Tabitha Ngo, a graduate of North Stafford High School, had a GPA of 4.3 and a class standing of 12 out of 375 students.  Among her many activities are membership in National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Captain of the Lacrosse Team and Co-Captain of the Volleyball Team.  Tabitha is Head Coach for Special Olympics and Student Leader for Young Life, a Christian organization.  She volunteers at Teachers for Tomorrow, as an Assistant Nurse at Marian Manor, Head Manager for the North Stafford Wrestling Team, and helps with English as a Second Language.  A few of her awards are certificates for Academic Excellence for 4 years, Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Most Valuable Player in Volleyball and Coach’s Award in Lacrosse, Highest GPA in Engineering and Acceptance in VA Girls State and Hanover Regional Governor’s School for Career and Technical Advancement. Tabitha will attend Virginia Tech majoring in Engineering and Education with hopes of becoming an Engineer.

Our second winner is Alexandra Holbrook better known as “Lexy.”  She graduated from Colonial Forge High with a GPA of 3.5. She has been in Gymnastics for 15 years and was very active in High School as a 3-time state qualifier, 2- time regional all around champion and regional balance beam winner, and holds the current school record.  Lexy is on the varsity Lacrosse team.  She works part time as a sales associate and is the Assistant Manager of Virginia Pool Services and is CPR/Lifeguard/AED Certified.  She is also EMT certified and spends every Friday night volunteering as an EMT for the Dumfries Triangle Rescue Squad.  She will attend Blue Ridge Community College majoring in Health Science.

The third winner is Sydney Ralph, a graduate of Brook Point High School with a GPA of 4.2.  She is a member of National and French Honor Societies and is the Chapter President of HOSA: Future Health Professionals and is Vice President of the State Region of HOSA.  Sydney’s community and volunteer activities are many such as Student Representative on Stafford County Career and Technical Education Board and Student Intern with Gastroenterology Associates.  She has volunteered at the Stafford Hospital and, as a volunteer for Rappahannock Medical Reserve Corps, she has participated in vision and hearing screenings, food drives, and drug-deactivation-kit dispensing. Awards consists of 4 years of Academic Achievement Certificates, to include Academic Letter and Pin, HOSA State Leadership Conference Awards to include Outstanding State Leader.  Sydney was the Optimist Student of the Month for April. 

She will attend James Madison University and Honors College studying Health Science on her way to becoming a Physician’s Assistant.

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Lions KidSightUSA, Early Childhood Vision Screening Project

KidSightUSA 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 7:00pm 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. 

The Aquia Evening Lions Club is a 501(c)(3) charity: 
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Stafford Aquia Evening Lions Charities, Inc., our 501(c)(3), has a 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 2017 campaign will begin on September 1 and run through December 15, 2017.   Remember us when it comes time to donate.  WE SERVE.

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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, Virginia 
  • 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.


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