RECENT, ONGOING AND UPCOMING
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS
As the needs of our residents and the community change, our club is always looking for new and better ways to serve those around us.
NEW – The PENBROOK LIONS CLUB has completed its "WECOME PACKAGE" to be presented to new residents of our Borough. – If you have recently moved to the Borough of Penbrook, simply use the CONTACT US and send us your information.
NEW – The PENBROOK LIONS and LEO CLUBS made "Emergency Kits" for our local Fire Company. The kits are distributed at fires to provide for the immediate needs of our residents. The Lions and the Leos will continue to make up the "Emergency Kits" as an ongoing project.
Fire Company NEW – The PENBROOK LIONS CLUB held its 1st Community Meet & Greet on Tuesday, September 25 with 34 exhibits. Local residents were able to learn about Lions, community organizations, area churches and local businesses!!!! Watch for another Meet & Greet in the Spring of 2014.
PENBROOK LIONS READING DEN – What started out as a book exchange for our youth has grown to include reading material for all ages – children through adults. We are located in the Grace Church at 28th and Walnut Streets in Penbrook. The DEN is currently open SATURDAY mornings, 10:00-11:00 with "storytimes" for various age groups. If you have any questions, please call Lion Tammy, Project Chair, at 236-3064. This photo shows Lion Tammy reading to children the Reading Den's 5th Anniversary Celebration. (CLICK HERE FOR A FLYER FOR OUR LIONS READING DEN.)
EYEGLASS COLLECTION BOXES – Check out our new collection box at the Penbrook Community Building. Collection boxes are also located at various churches throughout the borough. Please encourage everyone you know to place their used eyeglasses in these boxes – we can accept prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses, reading glasses and sunglasses. The glasses will be cleaned, sorted and distributed around the world. Thanks to the generosity of our neighbors, we just gave the District Governor OVER 800 pairs of eyeglasses -- these eyeglasses will help those less fortunate to see a better world.
STUDENT OF THE MONTH – Students are chosen by local school on a rotating basis. Students selected by their respective schools must meet certain criteria, some of which includes borough residency, school attendance, respect to others and leadership. Students are honored at a Lions meeting with a certificate and their name is inscribed on a plaque located by the borough office for all to see!
Our latest Student of the Month -- Abidemi Balogun with our then 1st VP Carolyn Cassell and his family.
ADAM HOOVER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (JAN-MAY) – Our scholarship grant is presented to a graduating senior at his/her senior awards program. Recipients must live within the Penbrook boundaries. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE MAY 1 of the current year and will be awarded during the winner’s second semester. For questions, contact the high school counselors or King Lion Carolyn Cassell, Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org (McDevitt Graduating Senior Labrea Maldonado was chosen to be the recipient of the 2013 Adam Hoover Memorial Scholarship. Her grant will be honored during her second semester at the Temple University.)
LIONS ALERT TEAM – The Penbrook Community Building has been designated as an Emergency Shelter, and in the event of an emergency, our local Emergency Manager and First Responders will go into action. The Penbrook Lions ALERT Team will become available to assist wherever possible. Members of our ALERT Team began training for possible property damage reporting in the event of a Declared Emergency Disaster. During the 2012 storm named SANDY, Lions were prepared to serve where needed. Fortunately our immediate area received very little damage.
We also support many of our District Governor's Projects which include:
PA Lions Beacon Lodge Camp www.beaconlodge.com
Diabetes Education, Research and Awareness
Diabetic Retinopathy Vision Screening and Education
District 14-T Disaster Fund
Hearing Aids and Eyeglass Collection Project
Hearing, Speech, Working with the Deaf
KidSight/Adult Vision and Hearing Screening
Leader Dogs for the Blind www.leaderdog.org
Lions Clubs International Foundation www.lionsclubs.org
Lions of PA Foundation www.palions.org
Northeast PA Lions Eye Bank www.paeyebank.org
PA Lions for Dog Guides, Inc.
PA Lions Sight Conservation and Eye Research
Special Olympics www.specialolympics.org/lions_clubs.aspx
Tri-County Association for the Blind www.tricountyblind.org
Youth Exchange/Youth Activitites
NEW – The Eye School at Penn State-Hershey Medical Center