The Forest Lions Club chartered June 1973 . . . 43 + 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
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.
FAMILY HEALTH SCREENINGS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST, FOREST LIBRARY
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
Total Total attended: 212
People who participated in Health Screens- 510 total health screens done
- Hearing Screening: 47- 3 out of normal range and referred
- Vision Screening: 132- 39 were out of normal range and referred
- Glucose Testing: 70- Identified 2 children with Type 1 Diabetes and 10 adults with Diabetes- all referred
- Scoliosis: 55 adults and children screened- 15 out of normal range
- Blood Pressure: 80- 10 were out of normal range and referred
- Height/Weight station- 126 adults and children
Visits to Community Resources- 416 total visits to Community resources
- Interfaith Outreach- 25
- Horizon behavioral Health -50
- Horizon Behavioral Health Free HIV Testing-5
- The Salvation Army- 35
- Lynchburg Dental Education-150
- CVS Pharmacy-75
- 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
At our June 12th meeting a "BABY SHOWER" for Lion Vice President Jessica. Lion Cub "Sam" (Samantha) will be inducted as the youngest member of the Forest Lions Club in July.
On May 26th, Lion President, Cindy Mohrmann presented $1,500 College Scholarships to Taylor Goolsby and Carter Lee Edwards from Jefferson Forest HS and to Hannah Sheppard (Pictured) from Liberty Christian Academy. Below:Also recognized with parents at the Club's June 14th meeting Carter Lee Edwards, Lion Doug Cook, Scholarship Chairman and Hannah Sheppard.
INDUCTION OF NEW MEMBERS
R to L Past International Director Richard Chaffin inducts new Lion Ted Jordan, , Sponsor Lion Karen Metz, newly re-inducted Lion John Wilkins who returns after a year's sabattical and Lion George Mohrmann, Sponsor.
OFFICERS INSTALLED FOR 2016 - 2017
L - R: GEORGE MOHRMANN, PRESIDENT; NORM HOPPER, LION TAMER; KAREN METZ, TREASURER; JEFF TAYLOR, 1ST VICE PRESIDENT; DOUG COOK, SECRETARY; JOANNE GRANT, RECORDING SECRETARY; BARBARA WRIGHT, 2ND VICE PRESIDENT; CINDY MOHRMANN IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT & MEMBERSHIP CHAIR. NOT PICTURED JESSICA BORNEMAN AND PID RICHARD CHAFFIN, DIRECTORS.
The above members of the Forest Lions Club were installed as officers for the year 2016 - 2017 by Past International Director & Charter Member Lion Richard Chaffin.at the June 14rh Club Meeting. Lions Doug Cook, Secretary; Joanne Grant, Reporting Secretary;With this outstanding slate of officers, the club is looking forward to another year of continued and dedicated service to Forest and the surrounding community.
JFHS LEO LEADERS RECOGNIZED
LION CINDY MOHRMANN, JFHS LEO CLUB ADVISOR, RECOGNIZES INCOMING OFFICERS FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR 20016 - 2017. PICTURED ARE LEO PRESIDENT CAYMAN HOLLEY AND VICE PRESIDENT VASSIE DINSTEL.
Lion Richard Chaffin LCI Service Award Lion John Wilkins 2014-2015 Club Excellence Award & 10 Year Service Pin
Lion VP Jessica Borneman - Melvin Jones Lion President Cindy Mohrmann, Club
Fellow Award 2015 -2016 President Appreciation Award 2015 -2016
Lion Cindy Mohrmann - LOVA Humanitarian Award
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.
"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 2015
- 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 three $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 Christmas, 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: 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.
PLEASE JOIN IN
HELPING US HELP OUR COMMUNITY
DATES TO REMEMBER
- Feb 7 - Board Meeting
- FEB 11 - "GIVE FROM THE HEART" FOOD DRIVE
- Feb 14 - Club Meeting
- Mar 7 - Board Meeting
- Mar 14 - Club Meeting
- Apr 4 - Board Meeting
- Apr 8 - Membership Drive & Broom Sale
- Apr 11 - Club Meering
- May 2 - Board Meeting
- MAY 5 - ANNUAL $10 K BENEFIT RAFFLE
- May 9 - Club Meeting
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