Lions Club Recycling Center Closing Permanently in March
Green Valley Lions Club
Celebrates 50 Years of Service
In March, 2016, the Green Valley Lions Club celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the club. The Green Valley Lions Club was organized on April 14, 1966. The Tucson Downtown and Tucson Breakfast Clubs were the sponsoring Lions Clubs. Twenty-one members appeared on the club organization report, and membership over the years has varied, with as many as 140 members at one point.
From left, Green Valley Lions Club President Glenn Fairchild, Patricia Fairchild, Past International Director Dana Biggs, and Past International President Bill Biggs.
Celebrants included Green Valley Lions, La Canoa Lions, District and State Lions, Community Partners & Organizations, community members, and friends of the Green Valley Lions Club.
President Glenn Fairchild welcoming guests to the celebration
50th Celebration Lion Centerpiece
Green Valley Lions Club Funds Distribution for 2014
Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, corrugated cartons, aluminum cans and other recyclables resulted in checks totaling $21,500 for 22 non-profit groups compliments of the Green Valley Lions Club.
GV Lions treasurer and awards program coordinator Gary Hultman said there was no formal distribution of checks as in previous years. The checks were mailed July 8.
In addition to the $21,500 being distributed, $2,250 was previously donated this fiscal year and $3,500 has been set aside in reserve for holiday-timed donations for a grand total of $26,713.
Monies donated for fiscal year 2013-14 came from the collection of 754,120 pounds of newspaper and paper, 6,774 pounds of aluminum cans and 3,681 corrugated boxes that the Lions resell for $1 each.
Hultman said the GV Lions Club has received $80 a ton since December 2012, and received $85 for the last two loads.
In his letter to this year’s 22 recipients, he said primary fund-raising dollars come from the Green Valley Recycling Center by the Joyner-Green Valley library and Friday night Bingo at the East Center.
A total of $2,963 bought 314 dictionaries for third-graders at Continental School and Sahuarita Intermediate School, and also paid for eye exams and glasses for qualified individuals, the USBGA blind golf tournaments awards dinner, free diabetes testing and a donation to Sahuarita High School NJROTC.
Proceeds from Bingo for fiscal year 2013-14 amounted to almost 27 percent of the total.
Among the recipients are organizations supporting the blind — Sun Sounds, Arizona Sight and Hearing Foundation, Guiding Eyes for the Blind and the University of Arizona Ophthalmology Research Department. Local recipients included Casa Community Services, Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired, Friends in Deed, Parkinson’s Support Group of Green Valley and Valley Assistance Services.
Though the GV Lions Club recycling program is successful in helping to support blind and guide dog endeavors, self-help programs, two university-level programs and local non-profits Hultman said the Lions could do better if more residents bring newspapers, recyclable paper items, corrugated boxes and aluminum cans to the Lions recycling location next to the Green Valley Library parking lot.
Hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m.
Quail Creek residents may bring donations to the Lions recycling trailer in The Grill parking lot Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and noon.
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