Ennis Lions fall/ winter activities
Your Ennis Lions Club has been active again this Fall and winter with projects in support of our Madison County. In September as schools opened our Eye screening team went to every school District in the County and offered free eye screening to students K through 8th grade and to any teachers and support staff who wished to have their eyesight tested. We tested 522 in all districts students and provided funds for the purchase of eye glasses for 4 needy students. A great way to begin the student’s school year.
Also in September, the Ennis Lions Club hosted the Convention for District 37 S which includes Montana and part of Canada. Many in attendance voiced their appreciation with comments such as “Best Convention Ever!”
In October we held the Annual Halloween Carnival and Bingo at the Ennis Elementary School. The children had a fun, safe place to celebrate Halloween with food, candy and games. All monies generated by the game booths, cake walk and spook house go directly to the local non profit organizations that operated them. The Bingo was well attended and many wonderful, valuable prizes were won. This is a Lions fund raiser and all monies earned go directly back into the community in the form of Lions projects. Many thanks to all the generous local businesses who donated the great bingo prizes.
In November and December we Lions took 3 days to decorate Lions Park for the Christmas Season and lit the park and served hot cider as part of the Ennis Christmas Stroll. Each year some of our members add to the Christmas village, train, Nativity and Veterans tribute. We hope that you have been able to see and enjoy the decorations at the park. Thanks also to a major contribution of lights and decorations by a local family which add to the beauty of the Season.
Also in November Lion Jim Forsberg and his committee ran the Lions International sponsored peace poster competition for our 6th and 7th grade Ennis students. This year’s theme is Peace, Love and Understanding. Two of our local winners were sent to the District level where they won 1st and 3rd prizes. All the participant’s posters are displayed at the Ennis Post Office and we hope you will look at our student’s impressive work.
Also in December Lions traveled to beyond Missoula to cut Christmas trees, another fund raiser. Fresh cut, Organic, Free Range trees are offered for sale for $25 for any size tree. Free trees are given to the Ennis School for the Elementary concert and to any Church which would like to have a tree. At the Elementary Concert, a Lion Santa greeted all the children attending and distributed 250-300 gift bags with a toy and candy. Many of the children had their photo taken with Santa.
This December 22, Lion Ken Scuichetti presented a $500 check to Ennis High School Close Up to help send our students to Washington DC for a week.
Again this year the Lions cooked the steaks for the dinner fund raiser for the school organizations, FCCLA, BPA and Skills USA. It was a great dinner of steak, mashed potatoes, salad, dinner roll, home made dessert and beverages. As well as a great meal, this fund raiser helps the Ennis High School Vocational programs to our send students to learn and compete at the State levels.
Another major Lions Club fund raiser which is on going all year long is the Annual Lions Auction. If you have any good furniture, appliances, vehicles or other salable items to donate to the Auction, please call 682-7023. We offer a tax receipt as a contribution to a non profit organization.
Some of the projects that our fund raising efforts will support this year are refurbishing the bridge in the park, repair of the walking/jogging tracks, staining of the pavilion, the fort and picnic gazebo.
We hope that you will join us for our upcoming Spring events such as the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Father’s Day Fishing Derby and Senior’s Fishing Derby. If you would like to know more about the Ennis Lions, please contact Leslie Skillman, president or Ken Scuichetti, vice president.
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