The Forest Lions Club chartered June 1973 . . . 39 + 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 around the world.
A BUSY SATURDAY - APRIL 20th
Lions Jim Bowersett and Dallas Scott
Saturday, April 20th at 8:00 AM found 5 hardy Lions picking up trash along a 3 mile stretch of Bateman Bridge Road in Forest. Bateman Bridge Road provides visitors access to Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest. Three hours later 10 bags of trash lined the road awaiting pickup by VDOT.
L - R (Rear) Lions Richard Chaffin, Dallas Scott, Barbara Wright, Joanne Grant and George Mohrmann (Front) LionsTom Crush and Frances Scott
Meanwhile, a second team of Lions conducted vision screening at the Jones Memorial Library in Lynchburg. This event was held in conjunction with a family oriented community fair running from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. In the course of this 4 hours, twenty- two children were tested with one requiring referral.
AN ACTIVE CLUB IS A HAPPY CLUB
Lions Jessica and Elliott Borneman collecting donations at the Forest Kroger
On April 5 and 6, members of the Forest Lions Club could be found at the Graves Mill Shopping Center and the Forest Kroger collecting donations in support of our annual White Cane fund raising campaign. Over the course of these two days $1,000 was raised in support of our sight programs. Seventeen Lions were on hand to participate in this highly successful effort organized and led by Lion Barbara Wright.
2013 BLAND MUSIC COMPETITION
L – R Lion George Mohrmann, Instrumental Winner Mark Stephens, Vocal Winner Grace Kim, Lion Dallas Scott
Grace Kim, third from left, won the District 24 E Bland Music Compition held at Cave Springs United Methidist Church and will now represent the Forest Lions Club and District 24 E in the State Comepetion. The State competition will take place in conjunction with the Lions of Virginia State Convention to be held in Bristol, Virginia on Friday evening, May 31st. "GO GRACE"
"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 24, 2012
- 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.
- Vocational Scholarships: Each year, in conjunction with the Bedford Science & Technology Center, the Lions Club awards up to five scholarships to deserving seniors who have committed to continuing education in a vocational field.
- 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 $2,000.
IN YOUR COMMUNITY
- Holiday Food Baskets: At Thanksgiving, Christmas 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. November 2012
- 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. October 6, 2012
- 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
- 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: In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month, (November) provided book marks in pharmacies and other community businesses to educate the community on the symptoms of diabetes.
- 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.
- COMING November 2nd 2013 "COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR".
HELPING US HELP YOUR COMMUNITY
DATES TO REMEMBER
- May 23 - Health Fair Committee Meeting
- June 4 - Board Meeting
- June 25 - Forest Lions 40th Anniversary Celebration
MORE MEMBERS MEAN GREATER SERVICE
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