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Cedar Key Lions Club

 Florida’s Gulf Coast - As You Remember It

Proudly Serving Our Island Community For 48 Years

  • Levy County Eyesight Initiative
  • North Florida Hearing Aid Assistance
  • Old Florida Celebration of the Arts
  • Cedar Key High School Scholarships
  • College of Central Florida Scholarships
  • Cedar Key Food Pantry
  • Cedar Key Seafood Festival
  • Our Goal: 100% Environmental Sustainability


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Dance the Night Away

February 14, 2017

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Route 24 is Spic n' Span Thanks to Lions

Lions Adopt-A-Highway Pick up

Oct. 29, 2016

Cedar Key Lions and Volunteers George Sresovich, Faye Sanders, Bill Rucker, Larry Feldman, Eileen Bowers and Rory Brennan (not pictured) picked up ten 30 gallon bags of trash as well as construction debris and discarded household items along the Lions Club adopted 2 mile stretch of State Route 24 heading into town.



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Cedar Key Seafood Festival

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Southeastern Guide Dogs Visit Cedar Key Lions



It takes a village to raise a puppy, especially if that puppy proudly serves as a Southeastern Guide Dog. Named as Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2014 Nonprofit of the Year, Southeastern Guide Dogs has the distinction of being dually accredited by the two premier global accreditation bodies: the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) and Assistance Dogs International (ADI).

Founded in 1982, Southeastern Guide Dogs serves more than 400 graduates across the U.S. and continues to place more than 100 dogs each year into careers benefitting people with visual impairments, and veterans. The charity provides all of its services free of charge and receives no government funding.

Cedar Key Lions proudly support Southeastern Guide Dogs.


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Lions Welcome FIVE New Members


Tuesday evening April 12th, the Cedar Key Lions Club welcomed five (yes, FIVE!) new Lions.  With District 35L Membership Coordinator, Past District Governor and officer of the Turkey Creek Lions Club, Tony Stefanowicz officiating; Bill and Nickie Rucker, Janie and Don Veltkamp and Anna White Hodges were inducted into the Cedar Key Lions Club.  After presenting Centennial Pins to each new member, Lion Tony Stefanowicz spoke to the membership about the history and mission of Lions Clubs International.  Lion Tony’s personal reflections on LCI’s “We Serve” motto were both moving and memorable.


Waste Pro of Florida Sponsorship Guarantees Scholarships and Sustainable Festivals in Cedar Key

“Create and maintain conditions under which man and nature can exist in productive harmony and fulfill social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations of mankind.”

Such is the environmental policy adopted by the Board of Lions International in October of 1972.  The Lions not only made a commitment to protect the planet but also to inform the public about its importance and asked acceptance of responsibilities by citizens “all sharing equally in this common effort.”

44 years later on April 9th and 10th, 2016, Cedar Key’s 52nd Annual OFCA Fine Arts Festival has the distinction of being the 3rd sustainable festival thanks to the combined efforts of the Cedar Key Lions Club, the OFCA Working Committee, non-profit food vendors who use only sustainable food service items and the City of Cedar Key.

In recognition of their generous $2,000 donation to the Cedar Key Lions Club, Waste Pro of Florida has been designated as the “Sustainability Sponsor” of both the Cedar Key Seafood Festival and the OFCA Cedar Key Fine Arts Festival.   The local Lions Club will administer these funds on behalf of Waste Pro to:

  • Provide a scholarship for the student or student group that takes on the leadership role of running the compost/recycle/trash station (a.k.a. Sustainability Station) at each festival.
  • Provide funds to promote sustainability in Cedar Key.

Upon presenting the scholarship check to the Cedar Key Lions, Municipal Marketing Manager, Dayna Miller of Waste Pro of Florida stated “We are proud to be partnering with the Cedar Key Lions to present a deserving high school senior or student group with the Waste Pro Sustainability Scholarship, to honor them for their work in environmental awareness throughout the Cedar Key community.”

At the Sustainability Station, environmentally conscious students will help educate festival attendees and help sort the festival waste to minimize landfill impact:

  • RECYCLING: #1/#2 PETE plastic bottles and cups, aluminum cans, glass, cardboard
  • COMPOST:  paper, food waste
  • RETURN TO THE GULF:  clam and oyster shells
  • TRASH:  Anything not listed above

The Cedar Key Lions Club will present Sustainability Scholarships at the Cedar Key School graduation in May.


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March 25, 2016

MAR 22 Sheriff McCallum 1.3Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum spoke to the Cedar Key Lions Club members on March 22 at 7 pm at the Community Center.   Introduced by Maurice Hendrix, McCallum spoke for well over an hour to an approximately twenty-plus member audience  and followed with a question and answer session.

McCallum’s credentials are hefty.  He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree, the latter in Criminal Justice from Nova University.  He has functioned in many jobs that provide sensitivity and knowledge, enabling him to be an effective sheriff: dispatcher, jailor, trooper, and administrator.

McCallum mentioned that he ran for Levy County Sheriff three ties, the first time as early as 1986-87.  He believes that those results have proven beneficial; he says he believes he is now a better, wiser officer of the law than he would have been earlier.  He believes the position is an “honor and a privilege.”

McCallum oversees approximately 150 individuals and oversees four fundamental functions:  law enforcement, detention, 911 communication, and 911 addresses. DSCN3074

DSCN3073The detention center is a 301-bed jail in which the unconvicted individuals are placed while they await hearings. The detention center and the staff function in many ways; in effect, the center runs a jail, a food service, a laundry, a hospital, a church, and much more.  McCallum estimates that approximately 50% of the incarcerated suffer some kind of mental illness and 70 to 80% suffer from drug addiction and/or mental illness.  He expressed regret that more, outside of law enforcement, is not done to help these individuals.

He proudly reported on his department’s Operation Melting Pot” in which 67 criminals were arrested and convicted.  He lauded his staff for their excellent work on what was the largest operation in Levy County history.  McCallum was quick to point out that not only are these individuals off the streets, but the smaller crimes that these people engaged in, are not happening, resulting in fewer burglaries, etc. , He also spoke proudly of initiating an ordinance, now a county law, that prohibits sexual predators and offenders from living together.

MAR 22 Sheriff McCallum 3.2He spoke proudly of the 911 operators who are all state certified in emergency fire and emergency medical techniques.  He also   advised the audience to “be patient” when speaking to 911 personnel.  He reassured all that help is on the way while the victim is speaking to 911.

Maurice Hendrix posed a most significant question near the end of the program: “Is it important in a city like Cedar Key for people to have functioning cell phones?”  McCallum responded, “It is of vital importance.”



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Cedar Key Lions Support Sensory Impaired Students Across Florida


On a multi city trip across the state, Amy Moring, Director of Development at the Florida School for the Deaf & the Blind addressed members of the Cedar Key Lions Club and community guests on Tuesday evening, January 23rd.  Ms. Moring, herself a Lion in St Augustine, provided a comprehensive look at the services provided by the Florida School for the Deaf & the Blind.

Florida School for the Deaf & the Blind is part of the public education system in Florida.  Sensory impaired students from all across the state attend school there. FSDB opened in 1885 on a few acres donated by a local land owner.  Today the campus is about 80 acres with nearly 50 buildings. FSDB currently has about 625 students attending pre-school to high school grade levels.  FSDB also offers early intervention services for babies/toddlers and their families across the state.

As part of the public school system in Florida, FSDB receives state appropriations but not local property taxes like all other K-12 public schools do.  There are many programs at the school which do not receive any state funds.  “This school year FSDB has 90 projects totaling nearly $1.5 million that are paid for with contributed funds. Groups like the Lions help with these projects!” said Moring.

Beyond financial contributions, FSDB welcomes donations of School Supplies, Personal Care Items, Supplies for After School Activities and Positive Behavior Support, Individually Wrapped/Packaged Healthy Snacks and Supplies for the School's Music Programs and Band.  A complete "Wish List" is available.  Click here to view.



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Kid Sight Vision Screening Continues Towards Our Goal of 500 Kids Screened!!



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