A Word from our President
Thank you for visiting our webpage to find out more about our club. The Longview-Kelso Earlybird Lions have been serving the local community for decades. We are a small, but dedicated group of civic minded individuals who work hard to make Longview-Kelso a great place to live and work. We are engaged in a number of fundraising efforts including paper recycling, operating a coffee stop, our big 4th of July Pancake feed and participation in Golden Ear and White Cane. The purpose of our fundraising efforts are to provide sight and hearing support to local residents, provide scholarships to the three local high schools, support local events (Earth Day, International Festival) and support local organizations.
Although service to our community is a large part of what we do we also take time to enjoy ourselves. There are a number of social events for members each year and we strive to make our meetings entertaining and fun.
We are in the process of recruiting new members. It is essential to maintain the level of service we have provided to the community. Please contact us if you are interested in joining or just show up at a meeting and we will be happy to share with you the steps it takes to join.
President Pat Reistroffer
The most up to date information about the club can be found on our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/EarlybirdLions (You do not need to be a Facebook member to view this page)
We want your old eyeglasses:
Did you know that thousands of eyeglasses are recycled every year by Lions. These eyeglasses are then sent on missions to underdeveloped areas of the world where they can literally provide the gift of sight. Here is a list of locations in town that have collection boxes. Please donate your old eyeglasses to this very worthy cause.
Kelso Elks, Longview Safeway, Fred Meyer, Dahl Mortuary, CAP, Campus Towers, Longview Senior Center, Cowlitz Credit Union, Longview Community Church, Fathers House, Rainer Senior Center, St. John Hospital, Lenores Optical, Great Escapes Travel, Monticello Park, Furness Drug - Kelso.
The club maintains several paper collection sites throughout the area. Please look for our brightly colored boxes around town. Our Main Box is located at Baker's Corner Fire Station.
Please check our Facebook Page for Upcoming Activities
Please check our Facebook Page for Upcoming Events
The Earlybird Lions meet twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. The first Monday is an evening meeting, starting at 6:00 PM. The third Wednesday is a morning meeting starting at 6:45 AM. Both Meetings are at the Carriage Restaurant at 1334 12th Ave, Longview, WA 98626. There is also a business meeting for club members on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:45 AM.
We attempt to have at least one visitation a month to other clubs in the area. We also love when other clubs visit us. Please visit our Facebook page to see information on the latest visitations.
What do we do?
Through our devotion to you and our community... Earlybird Lions Club of Washington has provided the following for both past and moving into the future:
- Provide assistance for low income individuals for eye glasses, hearing aids and cataract surgeries.
- Provide Scholarships to qualified Kelso and Longview High School Students
- Assist by contributing both time and money to the Washington Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit
- Provide 1500 to 2000 trees to the public at Earth Day each year in conjunction with Weyerhaeuser who donates the trees.
- Provide financial support for Blind walking team called Team EyeRock who participate in the Portland to Coast walk relay.
- Provide financial support for two campers at Camp Leo which is a diabetic youth camp each year.
- Provide a Flags for First Graders program for 150 to 200 hundred students.
- We buy four hundred dollars worth of school supplies which is matched pound for pound by Red Canoe Credit.
Facebook Editor: Pat Reistroffer
Need Financial assistance for Sight or Hearing? Then click here to print the Request Form!
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