Meetings

2018
August Activities

During the month of August 2018 members of the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 137 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling Center: 37 hours
Elementary School Support: 31 hours
Hayfield Leo Club: 2 hours
Koinonia: 13 hours
Church Activities: 3 hours
Flea Market: 28 hours
Club Admin: 23 hours

Our fund raising included 2 Flea Markets which raised over $4000. All proceeds from these go back to the community through charitable donations.

DONATIONS:

Virginia Lions Eye Institute (VLEI):  $500
Special Needs Equipment: $500
Elementary School Support: $2000
PediaVision Supplies: $200


2018
Lee Pyramid Resource Fair School Support

Members of the club supported sight and hearing screenings at the Lee Pyramid Resource Fair held at Lee High School on 7 Aug. The goal of the Fair is to provide school supplies, health and wellness resources, and important information to help parents and students get the 2018-2019 school year off to a great start. The Fair supports 1 high school, 2 middle schools and 6 elementary schools in the Springfield-Franconia area. 
 
 Approximately 500 students and family members participated in the event. Club members screened a total of 135 participants, predominately consisting of children.  Last year the club screened a total of 90 particpents. More people were screened this year due to longer hours for the Fair as well as the use of two PediaVision sight screeners, including one recently procured by the club. 
 
Our club also donated approximately 350 backpacks to support this event. Students in need who requested a backpack at this event will be provided a backpack upon the start of the 2018-2019 school year through the coordination of each Lee Pyramid school social worker. These backpacks will be used to ensure that every child in the area is well equipped to meet the new school year. 


2018
July Activities

During the month of July 2018 members of the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 81 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling: 20 hours
Elementary School Support: 8 hours
Visit to Shut-In Member: 1 hours

Flea Market: 16 hours
Club Admin: 36 hours

Our fund raising included 1 Flea Market which raised over $2000. All proceeds from these go back to the community through charitable donations.

DONATIONS:

Lions of Virginia Foundation (LOVF): $1000
Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF): $1000


2018
June Activities

During the month of June 2018 members of the Springfield-Franconia Host Lions Club provided 115 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling: 37 hours
Koinonia Food Pantry: 9 hours
Elementary School Support: 20 hours
Hayfield Leo Club: 3 hours
Low Vision Design: 2 hours
Church Activities: 3 hours
Flea Market: 21 hours
Club Admin: 23 hours

Our fund raising included 2 Flea Markets which raised over $3400. All proceeds from these go back to the community through charitable donations.

DONATIONS:


2018
Eyeglass and Hearing Aid Collection

During the Lion Year from July 2017 - June 2018 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: 2,611
Bifocal Eyeglasses: 453
Perscription Sunglasses: 461
Bifocal Sunglasses: 171


2018
May Activities

During the month of May 2018 members of the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 112 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Vision Walk: 10 hours
Eyeglass Recycling Center: 21 hours
Koinonia Food Pantry: 7 hours
Elementary School Support: 3 hours
Hayfield Leo Club: 4 hours
Low Vision Design Committee: 8 hours
Flea Market: 12 hours
Leewood Nursing Home: 3 hours
Church Support: 3 hours
Club Admin: 41 hours

Our fund raising included 1 Flea Market which raised over $2000. All proceeds from these go back to the community through charitable donations.

DONATIONS:

Elementary School Support: $400
Remote Area Medical School Backpacks: $2000
Hayfield H.S. Outstanding Service Award: $2000
Outstanding Leo Awards: $200


2018
Hayfield Leo Club

 Four members of the Hayfield Secondary School Leo Club, along with the Springfield-Franconia Host Club sponsore, volunteered on 5 May at the Northern Virginia Eyeglass Recycling Center. The volunteers boxed more than 14,400 eyeglasses for distribution to the Arlington Hospital Medical Center. 


2018
Northern VA Vision Walk

 The Foundation Fighting Blindness, in concert with the Northern Virginia Lions Clubs, held their 13th Annual 5K VisionWalk on Saturday, 5 May. It was a beautiful spring day and over 250 people participated in the walk including five club members and 14 family and friends. The event raised over $137,000 with over $4,300 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.


2018
April Activities

During the month of April 2018 members of the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 61 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Hayfield Leo Club: 1 hour
Club Visitations: 4 hours
Low Vision Design Committee: 3 hours
Flea Market: 17 hours
Club Admin: 36 hours

Our fund raising included 1 Flea Market which raised over $2200. All proceeds from these go back to the community through charitable donations.

DONATIONS:

Lions Camp Merrick - Diabetes Youth Camp: $900
Lions Clubs Helpline: $300


2018
Lions World Wide Induction Day

On 29 April, Lions District 24-A participated in the World Wide Induction Day ceremonies by inducting new Lions that had joined in the last year. Representing the Springfield-Franconia Host Lions Club were Lions Joan and Vijay Gupta along with Lion William D'Costa and his wife Sabrina  Lion William was honored by the District as one of the latest inductees.  A total of 26 new Lions were recognized by the District.  Lion Vijay also received a certificate in recognition of sponsoring William.The Induction Ceremony was hosted by the Park West Lions Club. A nice lunch was served which was prepared by the Manassas Lions Club.  The District Governor, Sally Kenyan and PDG Shirley Wilson presided over the event.  


2018
Mystery Night

The club held it's annual "Mystery Night" on Tuesday, 27 March. 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 the local IHOP restaurant. Nine club members and four guests were in attendance. A good time was had by all!


2018
March Activities

During the month of March 2018 members of the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 64 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling Center: 30 hours
Koinonia Food Pantry: 8 hours
School Support: 7 hours
Hayfield Leo Club: 4 hours
Flea Market Prep: 2 hours
Church Support: 2 hours
Club Admin: 11 hours

DONATIONS:

Shelter Box: $1000
Canine Companions for Independence: $1000


2018
February Activities

During the month of February 2018 the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 108 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling Center: 18 hours
Elementary School Support: 6 hour
Koinonia Food Pantry: 12 hours
Hayfield Secondary Leos: 11 hours
Nursing Home Assistance: 4 hours
Low Vision Design: 17 hours
Flea Market Prep: 1 hour
Training: 24 hours
Club Admin: 15 hours

DONATIONS:

Old Dominion Eye Foundation: $500
Northern VA Lions Youth Camp: $1000
Pets for Vets: $500
Lynbrook Elementary School: $160

 


2018
Low Vision Building Design
 
On 3 February, club member Lion Vijay Gupta, presented a talk titled "Low Vision Design Standards Awareness and Accpetance: Creating a Process"  at the annual District 24A Winter Conference held in Culpepper, VA. This talk was also presented this talk at the 100th Lions International Convention held in July 2017. As the Outreach Committee Chair of the National Institute of Building Sciences, Low Vision Design Committee (LVDC), Lion Vijay has been vigorously working to improve the design for building accessibility for people with low vision or blind for many years after his vision began to decline. The LVDC works to address the needs of all occupants of the built environment, including those with low vision, through improvements in designs and operational procedures for new and existing facilities to enhance the function, safety and quality of life. The LVDC works to share relevant knowledge through the creation of design guidelines and building standards, such as its Design Guidelines for the Visual Environment. 
 

2018
January Activities

During the month of January 2018 members of the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 138 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling Center: 3 hours
School Support: 13 hours
Hayfield Secondary Leos:  5 hours
Leewood Nursing Home: 4 hours
Low Vision Design Committee: 14 hours
Flea Market Prep: 3 hours
Club Admin: 98 hours

DONATIONS:

Lions Hearing Aid Bank Foundation: $500
Foundation Fighting Blindness: $1000
Lynbook Elementary School: $545

Burke Lions Club: $600
AAA Lions Club: $200
Mt. Vernon Lions Club: $400
Lions Bland Music Scholarship: $700
Kirkwood Presbyterian Church: $500


2018
James Bland Music Competition
 
On 20 January, the club, together with Mount Vernon Evening and Mason Neck Lions Clubs, sponsored a club-level Bland Music Competition. The contest was open to students in elementary thru high school and participants ranged from grades 6-12.  The competition was open to vocalists and instrumentalists, however all participants were instrumentalists. The first place winner will move on to compete at the District-level and the winner from the District-level will compete in the State contest held at the annual Virginia Lions State Convention in May. The first and second place winners received certificates and gift cards. The James A. Bland Music Scholarship Program was established by the Lions of Virginia in 1948 to assist and promote cultural and educational opportunities for musically talented youth of Virginia. For more information click here.
 

2017
December Activities

During the month of December 2017 members of the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 109 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling Center: 30 hours
Elementary School Support: 19 hours
Hayfield Secondary Leo Club: 3 hours
Koinonia Food Pantry: 6 hours
Leewood Nursing Home: 12 hours
Low Vision Design Committee: 15 hours
Lions Club Visitations: 3 hours
Club Admin: 17 hours

DONATIONS:

ECHO: $1000
Koinonia: $1000
West Springfield H.S.:
 $125
Hidden Pond Nature Center: $250
Lions Helpline: $100
Diabetes Awareness: $500


2017
Toys for Local Charities

Club members brought toys and gifts to the Annual Holiday Party held on 12 December. The toys and gifts were divided for delivery to Echo and Koinonia charities for distribution to families in need this Holiday Season.


2017
Wreath Laying at Quantico National Cemetary

On 2 December 2 members of local Lions Clubs and many other volunteers participated in laying wreaths on 13,500 graves at the Quantico National Cemetery.  The cemetery looked beautiful with the fresh green wreaths sporting red bows.  This effort was spearheaded by the
Sgt. Mac Foundation in honor of our nation’s Heroes.  The Foundation is hoping that next year they will receive more donations and can purchase even more wreaths.  The Mason Neck and Woodbridge Lions provided coffee and doughnuts to the volunteers.



2017
Hayfield Leo Club Supports Local Vet Center

On 13 December, 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 cards made by the Leos were dropped off at the Veterans Center by the Springfield Francionia Host Lions Club Leo Sponsor.  The Vet Center intends to hand out the cards after their holiday party.

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2017
November Activities

During the month of November 2017 members of  the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 127 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling Center: 31 hours
Elementary School Support: 11 hours
Hayfield Secondary Leo Club: 2 hours
Koinonia Food Pantry: 9 hours
Leewood Nursing Home: 8 hours
Low Vision Design Committee: 8 hour
Church Activities: 4 hours
Flea Markets: 31 hours
Club Admin: 23 hours

Our fund raising included 2 Flea Markets which raised over $4300. All proceeds from these go back to the community through charitable donations.

DONATIONS:

Lions Peace Poster Contest: $275


2017
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 Crestwood and Lynbrook Elementary School's sixth grade art classes for the 2017 International Poster Contest. Criteria for selection was based on originality, artistic merit, and expression of the theme, “The Future of Peace.” The judges consisted of both members of the club and school staff. The three students whose posters were voted first place awere each awarded a $50 gift card, the three students whose posters were voted honorable mention were each awarded a $25 gift card and $25 gift cards were awarded to both the school art teachers. The winning posters were forwarded on to the Virginia District 24A competition. 

To view the international grand prize and merit winners click HERE


2017
Flea Markets

The club concluded a very successful 2017 Flea Market season on Saturday, 18 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


2017
October Activities

During the month of October 2017 members of the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 94 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling Center: 4 hours
Hayfield Secondary Leo Club: 2 hours
Local School Support: 3 hours
Low Vision Committee: 9 hours
Church Activities: 14 hours
Leewood Nursing Home: 8 hours
Flea Markets: 28 hours
Club Admin: 26 hours

Our fund raising included 2 Flea Markets which raised over $4300. All proceeds from these go back to the community through charitable donations.

DONATIONS:


2017
September Activities

During the month of September 2017 members of the Springfield Franconia Host Lions Club provided 133 hours of volunteer service to the community.

SERVICE:

Eyeglass Recycling Center: 21 hours
Elementary School Support: 5 hours
Hayfield Secondary School Leos: 2 hours
Koinonia Food Pantry: 4 hours
Low Vision Design Committee: 12 hours
Leewood Nursing Home: 6 hours
Church Activities: 3 hours
Flea Markets: 51 hours
Club Admin: 29 hours

Our fund raising included 2 Flea Markets which raised over $4300. All proceeds from these go back to the community through charitable donations.

DONATIONS:

Eyeglasses: $60


2017
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
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. 


 

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