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2017
May Activities

During the month of May 2017 members of the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 166 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Vision Walk: 15 hours
Eyeglass Recycling Center: 26 hours
Koinonia Food Pantry: 4 hours
Elementary School Support: 6 hours
Hayfield Leo Club: 4 hours
Low Vision Design Committee: 8 hours
Flea Market: 34 hours
Leewood Nursing Home: 8 hours
Lion Club Visitations: 10 hours
Civic Associations: 8 hours
Club Admin: 40 hours

Our fund raising included 2 Flea Markets which raised over $3000. All proceeds from these go back to the community through charitable donations.

DONATIONS:

Lions Club International Foundation: $1000


2017
Mystery Night

The club held it's annual "Mystery Night" on Tuesday, 9 May. This is a dinner meeting where members caravan to a "mystery" location for fun and fellowship. This year the club had an outstanding dinner at Paridiso italian restaurant in Franconia, VA. Twelve club members and four guests were in attendance. A good time was had by all!


2017
Northern VA Vision Walk

 The Foundation Fighting Blindness, in concert with the Northern Virginia Lions Clubs, held their 11th Annual 5K VisionWalk on Sunday, 7 May. Over 250 people participated in the walk including four club members. The event raised over $110,000 with over $4,000 from our club, family, friends and matching donations under the lead of the Club's Team Captain, Lion Vijay Gupta. This included a $1000 donation from the club itself. The money raised will be used to support research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.


2017
April Activities

During the month of April 2017 members of the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 239 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling Center: 33 hours
Elementary School Support: 9 hours
Hayfield Leo Club: 3 hours
Koinonia Food Pantry: 8 hours
Low Vision Design Committee: 12 hours
American Council of the Blind: 4 hours
Northern Virginia Vision Walk: 7 hours
Civic Organizations: 20 hours

Flea Market: 35 hours
Club Admin: 108 hours

Our fund raising included 1 Flea Market which raised over $700. All proceeds from these go back to the community through charitable donations.

DONATIONS:

Lions Camp Merrick - Diabetes Youth Camp: $900
Canine Companions for Independence: $1000
Eyeglassses and Tests: $140
Lions of Virginia Foundation (LOVF): $750

 


2017
March Activities

During the month of March 2017 members of the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 145 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling Center: 23 hours
School Mentoring: 4 hours
Koinonia Food Pantry: 10 hours
Hayfield Leo Club: 5 hours
Low Vision Design Committee: 5 hours
Leewood Nursing Home: 4 hours
Flea Market Prep: 4 hours
Club Admin: 90 hours

DONATIONS:

Eyeglass Purchase: $50
Mason Neck Lions Club Helpline: $200
Mt Vernon Evening Lions Club: $400


2017
February Activities

During the month of February 2017 the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 169 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling Center: 35 hours
Elementary School Support: 5 hour
Koinonia Food Pantry: 15 hours
Nursing Home Assistance: 7 hours
American Council of the Blind: 4 hours
Low Vision Design: 4 hours
Civic Associations: 9 hours
Lions Club Visitations: 4 hours
Club Admin: 86 hours

DONATIONS:

Old Dominion Eye Foundation: $500
Northern VA Lions Youth Camp: $1000
West Springfield H.S: $250
Shelter Box, USA: $1000
Pets for Vets: $500
American Legion Girls State: $350

 


2017
January Activities

During the month of January 2017 members of the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 101 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling Center: 29 hours
School Tutoring: 8 hours
Civic Associations: 8 hours
American Council of the Blind: 4 hours
Foundation Fighting Blindness: 3 hours
Zone Meeting
: 6 hours
Club Admin: 43 hours

DONATIONS:

Lions Hearing Aid Bank Foundation: $500
Foundation Fighting Blindness: $1000
Burke Lions Club: $200
Lions Bland Music Scholarship: $200
Kirkwood Presbyterian Church: $500

 


2016
December Activities

During the month of December 2016 members of the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 109 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling Center: 32 hours
Elementary School Support: 2 hours
Elementary School Tutoring: 4 hours
Professional Associations: 6 hours
Church Activities: 4 hours
Flea Market Prep: 4 hours
Club Admin: 57 hours

DONATIONS:

ECHO: $1000
Koinonia: $1000
Lee H.S.:
 $125
Hidden Pond Nature Center: $250


2016
Lions International Peace Poster Contest

Each year, Lions clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. The art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide share their unique image of peace with others, so that we may all have greater tolerance and international understanding. For more than 25 years, millions of children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest.

This year, the club was proud to sponsor the Lynbrook ES sixth grade art classes for the 2016 International Poster Contest. Eighteen students participated and the winning poster was selected by members of the club. Criteria for selection was based on originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, "A Celebration of Peace." The poster voted number one, shown below, was awarded a $50 certificate to Barnes Noble and the runner up, far left top, received a $25 gift certificate. The winning poster was forwarded onto the Virginia District 24A competition.

To view the international grand prize and merit winners click HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 


2016
Toys for Local Charities

Club members brought toys and gifts to the Annual Holiday Party held on 13 December. The toys and gifts were divided for delivery to Echo and Koinonia charities for distribution to families in need this Holiday Season.


2016
November Activities

During the month of November 2016 members of  the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 170 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling Center: 29 hours
Elementary School Support: 7 hours
Koinonia Food Pantry: 10 hours
Hayfield Secondary Leo Club: 3 hours
Visit to Shut-In Member: 1 hour
Church Activities: 3 hours
Professional Societies: 18 hours
Flea Markets: 52 hours
Club Admin: 47 hours

Our fund raising included 2 Flea Markets which raised over $4400. All proceeds from these go back to the community through charitable donations.

DONATIONS:

Lions Peace Poster Contest: $125


2016
Hayfield Leo Club Support Local Vet Center

On 28 November, the Hayfield Secondary School Leos created holiday cards for the Alexandria Veterans Center, located at the intersection of Telegraph Road and South Kings Highway.  The Leos made 31 cards which the club Leo Counselor dropped off at the Veterans Center.  The Vet Center intends to place the cards on the coffee table in the waiting area for the veterans to choose ones to use for the holidays.

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2016
Flea Markets

The club concluded a very successful 2016 Flea Market season on Saturday, 19 Novermber. Thanks to all the vendors and customers that made this season a success. This year the club raised over $20,000. ALL proceeds from the Flea Markets go back into the community to help serve those in need.

SPECIAL THANKS to BURGER KING

without their support our Flea Markets would not be possible


2016
Lions Centennial Project
Garden Bench for Crestwood Elementary School

In recognition of Lions Clubs International 100 year celebration in 2017, the Springfield-Franconia Host Lions Club, in partnership with the Mason Neck Lions Club, donated and installed a garden bench at Crestwood Elementary School on 17 November. The school garden was installed by the Physical Education teacher in order to raise fresh vegetables for the school's needy families. The garden is maintained by students in the school's garden club who work to water and weed the plants. The club previously donated 5 apple trees to support the school and garden. An area has been set aside in the garden as a nook to be used by students and staff for quiet time. The bench is a welcome addition to the garden nook. A plate recognizing the club's donation will be installed on the bench. 


2016
Hayfield Secondary School Leo Club

The Hayfield Secondary School Leos held their first meeting for the 2016-2017 school year on 17 November.  The students participating in the meeting brainstormed activities for the coming school year that include washing eyeglasses from the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center on 14 Nov and making Holiday cards for military personnel and organizing a food drive on 21 Nov. The Leos also plan to assist in a soup kitchen and make candy cane reindeer for a shelter for the holidays.  The Leos are open to other service activities and look forward to a year of service for the Hayfield community. 


2016
October Activities

During the month of October 2016 members of the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 223 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling Center: 18 hours
Hayfield Secondary Leo Club: 3 hours
American Council of the Blind: 2 hours
Low Vision Committee: 5 hours
Lions Club Visitation: 4 hours
Church Activities: 9 hours
Professional Societies: 11 hours
Flea Markets: 28 hours
Club Admin (Fall Conference/Board Meeting): 138 hours

Our fund raising included 1 Flea Markets which raised over $1700. All proceeds from these go back to the community through charitable donations.

DONATIONS:


2016
September Activities

During the month of September 2016 members of the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 198 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling Center: 19 hours
School Support: 6 hours
Koinonia Food Pantry: 4 hours
Church Activities: 4 hours
Visit to Shut-In Member: 1 hours
Other Civic Organizations: 6 hours
Flea Markets: 53 hours
Club Admin: 105 hours

Our fund raising included 2 Flea Markets which raised over $3200. All proceeds from these go back to the community through charitable donations.

DONATIONS:

VA Lions Hearing Foundation: $500
Northern VA Eyeglass Recycle Center: $500


2016
Annual Club Picnic
 
On 25 September, 16 members of the Springfield-Franconia Host Lions Club and 11 guests including 2 members of the Burke Lions Club gathered at the beautiful Accotink Park for our annual picnic. A short business meeting was held, guests and members were welcomed and a lot of fellowship was enjoyed. One of our guests is a potential new member. 
 

2016
Garfield Elementary Back to School Night

On 1 September, two members of the Springfield-Franconia Host Lions Club volunteered at the back to school night Garfield Elementary School where they served pizza, cake and water to returning students and their families. Approximately 900 individuals were served.  This is a big event for the Garfield community. The families come to meet the teachers, get room assignments and partake of a light supper. It is something they look forward to anxiously. Exciitement was in the air as this is a much anticipated event and is well attended every year. This has been done for several years in a row and has become a tradition for the club.


2016
August Activities

During the month of August 2016 members of the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 194 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling Center: 26 hours
Sight and Hearing Screening: 28 hours
Koinonia Food Pantry: 9 hours
Low Vision Design Project: 4 hours
American Council of the Blind: 2 hours
Flea Market: 50 hours
Club Admin: 75 hours

Our fund raising included 2 Flea Markets which raised over $4200. All proceeds from these go back to the community through charitable donations.

DONATIONS:

Prevention of Blindness Society: $500
Special Needs Equipment: $500
VA Lions Eye Institute: $500
 


2016
July Activities

During the month of July 2016 members of the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 148 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Collection: 26 hours
Koinonia Food Pantry: 4 hours
American Council of the Blind: 2 hours
Low Vision Design Committee: 3 hours

Flea Market: 54 hours
Website Update: 2 hours
Club Admin: 57 hours

Our fund raising included 2 Flea Markets which raised over $4400. All proceeds from these go back to the community through charitable donations.


2016
Sight and Hearing Screening - Lee Pyramid Resource Fair

On Thursday, 11 August 10 Lions from the Springfield-Franconia Host Lions Club, and the District 24-A Sight and Hearing Van driver, offered free sight and hearing screenings for all ages at the Lee Pyramid Resource Fair. The Resource Fair provided an opportunity for families in the area schools to obtain school supplies and health screenings prior to the start of the school year. The Lions screened 173 individuals using the PediaVision eye screening device and a portable hearing screener. There were 4 audio referrals. There were 30 SPOT/Pedia-Vision referrals.Every individual that needed a correction was give a copy of the eye exam and instructions on how to obtain follow-up care from the County.


2016
Sight and Hearing Screening - Fairfax County Health Dept.

On Saturday, 6 August 5 Lions from the Springfield-Franconia Host Lions Club, and the District 24-A Sight and Hearing Van driver, offered free sight and hearing screenings for all ages at the Fairfax County Health Department site that was providing free school physicals to local children. The Lions screened 51 individuals using the PediaVision eye screening device and a portable hearing screener. There were 7 audio referrals. There were 6 SPOT/Pedia-Vision referrals.Every individual that needed a correction was give a copy of the eye exam and instructions on how to obtain follow-up care from the County.


2016
Support to Local Elementary Schools

In June, the Springfield-Franconia Host Lions Club donated 379 backpacks to Garfield Elementary, Crestwood Elementary and Lynbrook Elementary schools in the Springfield, VA area for the 2016-2017 school year. These backpacks will be used to ensure that every child in the area is well equipped to meet the new school year. 


2016
June Activities

During the month of June 2016 members of the Springfield-Franconia Host Lions Club provided 210 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling Center: 49 hours
Koinonia Food Pantry: 9 hours
School Support: 9 hours
Low Vision Design: 2 hours
American Council of the Blind: 4 hours
Professional Organizations: 4 hours
Church Activities: 2 hours
Visit to Shut-in Member: 1 hour
Support to Other Charities: 15 hours
Flea Market: 50 hours
Website Update: 2 hours
Club Admin: 78 hours

Our fund raising included 2 Flea Markets which raised over $4500. All proceeds from these go back to the community through charitable donations.

DONATIONS:

Leader Dogs for the Blind: $1000
Canine Companions for Independence: $1000
School Backpacks: $1800
West Springfield H.S. Outstanding Service Award: $1500


2016
Eyeglass and Hearing Aid Collection

During the Lion Year from July 2015 - June 2016 the club collected eyeglasses and hearing aids from the many collection boxes located in the local area. The collected eyeglasses were turned into the Northern VA Eyeglass Recycling Center and the Hearing Aids were turned into the Virginia Lions Hearing Aid Bank Foundation. This year's collection included:

Single Vision Eyeglasses: 1,799
Bifocal Eyeglasses: 399

Perscription Sunglasses: 130
Non-Perscription Sunglasses: 478
Hearing Aids: 35


2016
Community Health Fair Sight Screening

On Saturday, 23 April members of the Springfield-Franconia Host Lions Club provided sight screenings for all ages at the Northern Virginia Community Health Fair.  The Lions screened individuals using the PediaVision eye screening device.  Individuals that needed vision correction were given a copy of the eye exam and instructions in various languages of how to obtain glasses if they can not afford them. This was a great event to meet local residents as well as the students of the Community College.


 

2016

Hayfield High School Leos Service Project

On 13 January, the Hayfield H.S. Leos sorted and washed donated eye glasses at during their meeting at the high school.  The glasses were obtained from and returned to the Lions Eye Glass Recycling Center of Northern VA (LERCNOVA), located in Arlington, VA.  The Leos washed two cases of prescription and reading glasses and a box of bifocals.  LERCNOVA also reports that from time to time, individual Hayfield Leos come on their own to wash, sort and read the prescriptions of the eyeglass on the  micrometer and obtain individual service credit for their efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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