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The Forest Lions Club, chartered June 1973... 45 years of dedicated service by caring individuals... men and women, giving freely of their time and talent to improve the lives of others in our community and globally.

2018 FREE - BACK TO SCHOOL & FAMILY HEALTH FAIR

The Forest Lions Club 6th Annual FREE

               Back to School & Family Health Fair

“Save the Date”   Saturday July 28, 2018

9AM to 1PM at the Lynchburg Salvation Army- 2215 Park Ave.

  Across from Miller Park

Free school supplies to the 1st 250  school students who are screened

 

                               Services expected to be present include:

Free Vision and hearing screening for children/adults- Forest Lions

Free Height & Weight – Forest Lions

Free Glucose, A1C testing- Children and Adults- LUCOM (Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine)

Free Diabetes Counseling- T1DE (Type 1 Diabetes Experience) & LUCOM

Free Back screening- Centra/Lynchburg Family Medical Residents

Free Child ID by Bedford Sheriff’s Dept., and Virginia Masons

Free Ask the Pharmacist - CVS Pharmacy

Free Dental Screening- Forest Family Dentistry

Free Blood Pressure Screening - LUCOM

Free HIV and Hepatitis C Testing-Horizon Behavioral Health

Free Foot Screening- Centra/Lynchburg Family Medical Residents

Free Skin Cancer Screening-Centra/Lynchburg Family Medical Residents

Free Respiratory Screening- Central Virginia Community College & CentraHealth

Free Resources in the Community- Including:

  • The United Way & Gus the Bus
  • Horizons Behavioral Health- Mental Health, Opioid and Substance Abuse Education
  • Interfaith Outreach- Community Resources available
  • Nutritional Education-Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • The Dawson Inn - Centra Health
  • Craft Table for Children

Sponsored by the Forest Lions Club & the Lynchburg Salvation Army. DOWN LOAD  & PRINT AN EVENT FLYER FROM OUR CALENDAR.

2018 ANNUAL BENEFIT RAFFLE

and the winners or winners reps were

 

 

SAVING OUR ENVIRONMENT

 

Saturday, May 14th members of the Forest Lions Club gather to pickup trash along Bateman Bridge Road from Thomas Jefferson Road to Enterprise Drive. Help us to protect our environment. Keep your trash in your your vehicle and dispose of it when you get home. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

ANNUAL BLAND MUSIC COMPETION

Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Mountain View United Methodist Church, Forest, VA:  Annual music competition both vocal and instrumental for Middle, High School and Home Schooled students. Winners at the local level move on to compete at region, district and ultimately state level where contestants compete for scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. Visit http://www.blandfoundation.org/BlandRegistration16-17.pdf to view the rules and obtain an application. Applications must be returned no later than Friday January 19, 2018 to Irene Wheeler Gilley at 1352 Helmsdale Dr., Forest, VA 24551 For more information contact irene at 434-665-3803 or iwheeler@shentel.net. Note: Inclement weather date is Thursday, February 15th.

 

43rd ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE SALE 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HEARTY THANK YOU to our supporters in Forest and surrounding communities, With your loyalty and support we sold 300 Christmas trees in a near record 9 days. Special thanks goes to the Forest Volunteer Fire Department for their assistance in the unloading and set up of trees, the Forest Wrestlers and the JFHS Leos for help during peak weekend sales times. to Randy McGhee for the lot and the loan of a shed and,lest we not forget, to Santa and Mrs Claus and elf "Dillon". "WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU"

 

FOREST COMMUNITY SIGN DEDICATION

On a clear but cold and blustery Veterans Day, November 11th, a ceremony was held to recognize service to the community and to the Nation. The Forest community sign was first erected in 1974 as one of the first projects of the newly chartered Forest Lions Club. The sign bears the emblems of many organizations which also contribute to the quality of life in the Forest community. In June of this year, the Forest Lions approved the refurbishment and improvement of the sign as a Legacy Project in recognition of the Lions celebration of 100 years of service, Life Scout Joseph Du, a JFHS senior and a member of the JFHS Leo Club, volunteered to undertake the sign refurbishment as his Eagle Scout project. Over the summer Joseph along with the help of other scouts from Troop 180, Leo Club members, family and friends labored to rework the sign while adding benches to the site and solar lighting to make the sign visible at night. On the day of the ceremony, emceed by Past International Director and FLC Charter Member Lion Richard Chaffin, a flag ceremony conducted by the scouts of Troop 180, was followed by remarks by now Eagle Scout Joseph Du. Lion Cindy Mohrmann delivered remarks recognizing the service of America's veterans. Angie Power, Garden Thyme Club, spoke briefly of the club's, much appreciated, landscaping and upkeep of the site dating back to 2011. Delegate Kathy Byron, who represents the 22nd District in the Virginia House was an honored attendee and spoke of service and presented a Virginia House of Delegates certificate honoring Joseph Du for his achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.  (OTHER PICTURES ON PHOTO GALLERY)

2017 PEACE POSTER CONTEST

 

UPDATE:The peace poster contest entry (CENTER) submitted by the Forest Lion's Club has won first place in Lions District 24 E  The poster will now go on to compete at state level against the other five districts' entries.  If the poster wins state then it competes at the international level.  This is the second year in a row that a Forest Middle School youth has won the district competition.  We have some very talented youth in Forest.

Forest Lions Club 2017 Peace Poster Contest Winners from Forest Middle School are: (left to right) Alexis Godsey (Third place), Elena Smith (First place), and Elise Brady (Not Present) (Second place). The 2017 Peace Poster theme was the "Future of Peace"  with Lion Cindy Mohrmann, Contest Coordinator, and Forest Middle School Principal Scott Simmons serving as judges.

 
 
 

2017 HEALTH FAIR RESULTS

Attendance: 272 Screenings: 1. Vision 134/ 23 Referrals 2. Height & Weight 141 3. Hearing 74/ 3 Referrals 4. Blood Pressure 137/ 13 Referrals 5. Dental 127/ 24 Referrals 6. Scoliosis 60/ 7 Referrals 7. Respiratory 102/ 4 Referrals 8. Glucose 90/ 9 Referrals 9. Behavioral Health 5 Total Screenings 879/ 83 Referrals Community Resource Visits: 1. Nutrition (VA. Coop Ext) 200 2. Daily Bread 21 3. Horizon Behavioral Health 52 4. CVS Pharmacy 191 5. Interfaith Outreach 51 6. Churches of Urban Ministry 5 7. Enroll Virginia 65 8. Assurance Wireless 61 9. Child ID 75 10. Food Bank 47 Total Visits: 768 Children’s Programs: 1. “Gus the Bus” 62 2. Crafts 30 3. Face Painting 60 4. School Supplies 104 5. Preschool Bags 35 Total: 341 Total Encounters 1,988
 

SINCERE THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COMMUNITY!!!

On Saturday, July 29, 2017, the Forest Lions Club held its 5th Annual Free Family Health Fair.  The event is held just before school starts back so that families may find out if there are some health issues that can be addressed to help their children have a more successful school year.   Through the generosity of the Salvation Army the fair was held in their gym at 2215 Park Avenue, Lynchburg.  Not only did they contribute their facility but they also provided 300 toys that were given away to the children in attendance.   All adults and children were offered free health screenings including vision, hearing, blood pressure, glucose, dental, respiratory, spinal and HIV.  Community resources that were present included The Daily Bread, Horizon Behavioral Health, CVS pharmacists, Interfaith Outreach, Churches for Urban Ministries, T1DE (type one diabetes experience), The United Way, The Virginia Cooperative Extension, The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Enroll Virginia and Assurance Wireless.  Children enjoyed Child ID, “Gus the Bus”, crafts, face painting, free toys and snacks.  The first one hundred school age children screened received free string bags of school supplies and thirty five preschoolers received free string bags of crayons, wooden hand painted alphabet letter sets, activity and coloring books . 

The Forest Lions Club is dedicated to serving our community.  We sincerely appreciate the many donations made by The Salvation Army, Randolph College, Johnson Orchards, Sam’s Club, The United Way, Forest Family Dentistry, CVS, BB&T bank, and Edward Jones.  Service providers included the 25th District Masons, The Bedford County Sheriff’s Dept., Lynchburg Chiropractic Center, CVCC Respiratory Therapy, Forest Family Dentistry, the Jefferson Forest High School Leo Club, Melissa Blomquest (face painter) and the Forest Lions Club.  Thank you to all of the volunteers for their hard work and dedication to making this health fair so successful.  272 people attended and participated in 879 health screenings, 768 resource contacts and 241 children’s events.  Helping families to stay well and maintain their health is one of our priorities.  The focuses of Lions Clubs International include vision, hearing, diabetes and pediatric cancer.  On behalf of the Forest Lions Club we offer our sincerest appreciation to everyone for a wonderful event.

Cindy Mohrmann, Forest Lions Club, Health Fair Chairwoman

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE AND BROOM SALE

Saturday, June 24th Two Lions spent the morning at the Forest Farmers Market telling about the work of Lions in the community and distributing flyers advertising the Club's July 29th Free Back to School and Family Health Fair. Four attendees left with information, fact sheets and brochures, detailing the work of Lions. Many others expressed interest in attending the Health Fair

 

FOREST LIONS 2016 - 2017 CELEBRATION

PDG LION CLARK VANDERGRIFT INDUCTS, 2 NEW MEMBERS, ROBERTA AND CHIP SCRIVENER INTO THE FOREST LIONS CLUB. LOOKING ON IS THEIR SPONSOR, LION BARBARA WRIGHT.

 

LION PRESIDENT GEORGE MOHRMANN PRESENTS A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION TO WIFE AND MEMBERSHIP CHAIR LION CINDY MOHRMANN. LION CINDY ADDED A TOTAL OF 8 NEW LIONS DURING HER TENURE. "THE MORE LIONS THE MORE SERVICE" TO THE COMMUNITY.

 

INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS LIONS YEAR 2017 - 2018: PICTURED L - R: LION DOUG COOK, REPORTING SECRETARY, PDG CLARK VANDERGRIFT, LION FRANK LANE, PRESIDENT; PID RICHARD CHAFFIN, MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN; LION DEBBIE CHAFFIN, RECORDING SECRETARY. MISSING: LION KAREN METZ, TREASURER: LION JOANNE GRANT, DIRECTOR AND LION LAURIE LANE, DIRECTOR.

 

MEMORIAL DAY DIABETES EVENT

 

Memorial Day 10K Run/ 2 Mile Walk to Benefit T1DE (Type 1 Diabetes Experience) : Forest Lions Club, an event sponsor, has one 10 K runner and 8 route guides in attendance. Two of the guides are Jefferson Forest Leo Club members. Memorial Day, a great Day to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

2017 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

Thursday evening, May 25, Jefferson Forest High School Senior Awards Ceremony. Forest Lions Club President George Mohrmann presents $1,500 scholarships for commitment to service and academic achievement to three graduating seniors. Lions best wishes to all for success in your college careers.

IMPROVING OUR ENVIRONMENT

On Saturday, April 15th, a record 11 Lions joined in fellowship over breakfast and then tackled the clean-up of Bateman Bridge Road between Rte 811, Thomas Jefferson Rd, and Enterprise Drive. Please help us in improving our community by keeping tour trash in your vehile and disposing of it when you get home. Your efforts are appreciated.

 

SALVATION ARMY RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN

JEFFERSON FOREST HS LEOS AND FOREST LIONS RING THE BELL FOR THE SALVATION ARMY - DECEMBER 19TH

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Our December 13th meeting was devoted to celebrating the good works of Lions and in particular the work of the Forest Lions Club. The Club gathered at the Mohrmanns for drinks and appetizers  before departing for dinner at  our meeting venue, the Porterhouse Restaurant.  In addition to the fellowship and camaraderie of the evening it was further celebrated with the induction of 2 new members, Laura Padgett and John Reburn, by new member Lion Frank Lane who transferred to Forest from being the District Governor of Lions District 18 N in Georgia. 

2016 FOREST LIONS CHRISTMAS TREE SALE

SOLD OUT". Many thanks to our loyal customers for making this important fund raising effort such a great success. Thanks also for the hard work of all of the Lions who put in many hours in the cold, rain and dark over the past 3 plus weeks. Thanks also to our supporting cast of the Forest Volunteer Fire Department, the Jefferson Forest HS Leo Club members of the JF Wrestling Team for their hard work and to Randy McGhee and Benjamin's Restaurant for their moral support and the use of the lot. We could not have done it without you. We look forward to seeing customers, Lions and supporters back again next year.

FALL FOOD DRIVE

On Saturday, October 29th, 8 Lions participated in a food drive at he local Kroger store. A total of $84 and 369 pounds of food was raised and donated to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

 

IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT

On Saturday, October 15th 7 Lions ( 3 newly inducted) picked up trash on Bateman Bridge Road from Rte 811 to Enterprise Drive. Working for 2 hours fourteen (14) bags of trash were collected readying the road to Poplar Forest for the Fall visitors.

 

DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S ANNUAL VISIT

On Tuesday, October 11th, District Governor Lion Marty Alford, accompanied by Zone 1 Chairman Lion Rick Carrol, paid his annual vist to the Forest Lions Club. In his remarks, DG Alford highlighted the changing nature of Lionism with greater  emphasis on "Service" and the attraction of service to younger people looking for a way to give back to the community. He also emphasized the the need for for more new members to fill the void and to grow.At the meeting, the DG acknowledged transfer members Frank and Laurie Lane from District 18 N in Georgia and.inducted 3 new members, Lions Mike Gilley, Irene Wheeler and Linda Shaufert. A Centennial Member Award was presented to Lion Cindy Mohrmann for the 2015 sponsorship of Lion Anita Dezendorf. Anita was presented a banner patch for her efforts in the collection of eyeglasses for recycling. Lions Jim Bowersett (30), Tom Crush (10), Morgan Whitfield (10) and George Mohrmann (10) were presented Milestone Chevron Awards for years of service and our youngest members the Bornemans with daughter Sam were recognized to show that you are never to young to be a "LION"

 FAMILY HEALTH SCREENINGS

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST, FOREST LIBRARY

THE RESULTS

         TOTAL: 67 Screenings

VISION: 31 completed with 10 referrals (21 Children & 10 Adults)

HEARING: 21 screenings with 4 referrals (10 Children & 11 Adults)

Blood Pressure:: 15 screenings with no referrals (All Adults)

 

Special Thanks for Working Together for a Better Community

On Saturday August 6, 2016, the Forest Lions Club held its 4th Annual Back to School and Family Health Fair. The main purpose was to get children ready for school and to help screen them and their families for health issues. Through the generosity of the Lynchburg Salvation Army, the fair was held at their facility at 2215 Park Ave. and offered free health screenings including vision, hearing, blood pressure, glucose and scoliosis. 61 children participated in Child ID. Various community resources including Interfaith Outreach, CVS Pharmacy, the Salvation Army, Lynchburg Dental, The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and Horizon Behavioral Health offered education and information. The morning was topped off with face painting and children’s crafts.All childrenvscreened received free backpacks and starter school supplies.

 The Forest Lions are dedicated to serving the community. We sincerely appreciate all of the above providers and The Lynchburg Police Department, The Bedford Sheriff’s office, the 25th District Masons, the Centra Mobile Medical Van, T1DE (Type 1 Diabetes Experience) ,the Light Chiropractic Center, Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM), Joan Griffith, face painter, Lynchburg Frito-Lay for their generous donations and all the Forest Lions Club  volunteers for their hard work and  dedication to collaborating to making this fair so successful. 212 people attended and participated in 510 health screenings and 416 educational visits. Several new diabetics were identified including 2 children. Helping families to stay well and maintain their health is one of our priorities. We perform free screening for vision and hearing throughout the year for preschool children and all children and adults at the Forest Library. On behalf of the Forest Lions we offer our sincerest appreciation to everyone for a wonderful event.

Respectfully, Joanne Grant, Chairwoman, Forest Lions Back to School Health Fair

 

2016 FREE BACK TO SCHOOL HEALTH FAIR 

THE RESULTS

 

Total Total attended: 212

People who participated in Health Screens- 510 total health screens done

  1. Hearing Screening: 47- 3 out of normal range and referred
  2. Vision Screening: 132- 39 were out of normal range and referred
  3. Glucose Testing: 70- Identified 2 children with Type 1 Diabetes and  10 adults with Diabetes- all referred
  4. Scoliosis: 55 adults and children screened- 15 out of normal range
  5. Blood Pressure: 80- 10 were out of normal range and referred
  6. Height/Weight station- 126 adults and children

Visits to Community Resources- 416 total visits to Community resources

  1. Interfaith Outreach- 25
  2. Horizon behavioral Health -50
  3. Horizon Behavioral Health Free HIV Testing-5
  4. The Salvation Army- 35
  5. Lynchburg Dental Education-150
  6. CVS Pharmacy-75
  7. Blue Ridge Area Food Bank- 15

Child ID performed by Bedford Sheriff’s Dept., Lynchburg PD and 25th District Masons – 61 children

Total encounters during the fair:

510 + 416 =926      

ATTENTION U.S. VETERANS: WE NEED YOU TO HELP US SERVE OUR COMMUNITY. JOIN THE FOREST LIONS CLUB NOW AND WE'LL WAIVE YOUR ENTRANCE FEE. JUST CLICK ON "MEMBERSHIP INFO" ON THE LEFT AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. THOSE OF US WHO ARE VETS LOOK FORWARD TO YOU JOINING US IN CONTINUED SERVICE.

 

FOREST 

"LIONS AT WORK IN YOUR COMMUNITY"

IN THE SCHOOLS

  • Book Buddy Program: A Lion reads each day with kindergarten and first grade students at New London Academy Elementary School. Assists young students with reading and reading comprehension difficulties. Restarts - Sep 2016
  • Peace Poster Contest: Sponsorship of the Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest at the Forest Middle School. Program promotes the concept of world peace in the minds of middle school students. The international winner receives $5,000 and a trip for 2 to the award ceremony at the United Nations in New York.
  •  Scholarships: Each year, in conjunction with Jefferson Forest High School , the Lions Club awards two $1,200 scholarships to deserving seniors based on community service, leadership and academics.
  • Bland Music Contest: Each year sponsors a music contest, both imstrumental and vocal for public and home schooled students grades 6 through 12. Students compete locally with winners moving on to zone, district and state for music scholarships of up to $2,500.

  IN YOUR COMMUNITY

  • Holiday Food Shopping: At Thanksgiving and Easter, the Lions offer shopping opportunities to needy families in the community. Families are met by Lions, given a budget and allowed to shop for food and clothing items needed for the family. 
  • Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign: The Forest Lions  serve as bell ringers in support of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle fund raising campaign at the Forest Kroger.
  • Road Clean-up: The Lions in support of VDOT are responsible for the trash pick-up along Bateman Bridge Road between Route 811 and Enterprise Drive. The role of Poplar Forest as a tourist attraction makes this service to the community even more significant. 
  • Forest Volunteer Fire Department: Forest lions Club donated $10,000 and raised an additional $40,000 for the construction of the new fire station on Thomas Jefferson Road.

 IN COMMUNITY HEALTH

  • August 6th 2016,"Back to School & Family HEALTH FAIR.  Lynchburg Salvation Army, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
  • Sight Conservation: Provides a contact point for those in need of funding for eye exams and eye glasses. Places eye glass collection boxes at community businesses. Collects and turns in used glasses for recycling.
  • Diabetes Awareness: Support the efforts of the Lynchburg based Type 1Diabetes Experience  (T1DE) )organization bith monetarily and with manpower support of its Memorial Day 10K run.
  • White Cane Fund Raising Campaign: Conducted a successful 2 day fund raising campaign to “HELP THE LIONS HELP THE BLIND” in furtherance of the Lions focus on sight conservation. Also promoted Diabetes Awareness at the same time.

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 DATES TO REMEMBER                

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  •         Apr           29  BLAND DISTRICT 24 E COMPETITION
  •         May            4   ANNUAL $10 k BENEFIT RAFFLE        
  •         May             1  Board Meeting 
  •         May             8  Club Meeting
  •         May      17-20  VIRGINIA STATE LIONS CONVENTION
  •          May            28  MEMORIAL DAY 10K  TO SUPPORT DIABETES
  •          Jun               5  Board Meeting
  •          Jun              12  Club Meeting   

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