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Christmas Food Box Drive
 
The Fire House Crew for the 2016 VLC Community Food Drive
  Each year the Vass Lions Club partners with local schools to collect canned and dried food.  Residents of Vass, Lakeview and the Woodlake community also pitch in.  Numerous toys are donated. The end result is the accumulation of many tons of food which is supplemented by fresh items purchased by the Lions Club, baked goods donated by area grocers, sweet potatoes from a local farmer, and frozen chickens purchased or donated by individuals and the Lions Club.  On the morning of Dec. 24, large boxes of food and toys are distributed by Lions Club members and other volunteers to needy families in the surrounding area. In 2016, 207 families were served by this project.
 
Peace Poster Contest
 
 District Entry - Theme was "Peace Without Borders"
     At the start of each school year our Lions Club sponsors a Peace Poster Contest for students at nearby New Century Middle School. The contest is part of a larger competition that is sponsored by Lions Clubs International. Winning entries in the local contests, such as the one from New Century pictured here, are submitted into further competitions at a regional, then state level. Winners in the statewide contest are forwarded on to Lions Clubs International where they compete with posters submitted from every corner of the world. Students age 11, 12, and 13 are eligible.  Each year the contest has a new theme for the drawings. This past year’s theme was Peace Without Borders. In our local competition, at New Century, well over 100 students participated.  
 
 
Vision Van - Free Eye Screening
 
The Vision Van, Staffed by the NCLF, Lions Volunteers and Local Doctors is Always Welcome!
   Once each year the Vass Lions Club provides a free eye screening clinic utilizing a state of the art traveling van owned by the North Carolina Lions Foundation. Area optometrists volunteer their time and Lion volunteers take care of the lesser skilled tasks. These include operation of visual acuity and visual field analyzer machines, and the organization and operation of the clinic itself. Invariably, at each clinic a number of people are discovered to have serious eye problems requiring treatment, and that is why we do it.
 
The Vass Library
 
The Vass Library - A Veteran's Memorial
  The Vass Library was carved out of the old Vass movie theater using funds raised within the community.  It has become a valuable asset to area residents, but is still very much in need of continued local support. The Lions Club has been one of its benefactors by providing funds for purchase of furniture and other equipment. The children's bookshelf pictured above was one of several items purchased with Vass Lions Club donations. Donated by Phillip Keith & family, the building serves as a Veteran's Memorial for veterans of all wars. Phillip was a helicopter pilot in Viet Nam.
 
Area School Support
 
Support Extends to all Six Public Schools in our Area
  The Lions Club supports our local schools in a variety of ways. We have mentioned our scholarship program, but Lions also sponsor a high school version of a civic club, known as a Leo Club, and make annual donations for other important school needs not  funded within the school system.  One such need was Union Pines High School’s “Wall of Fame”. Like most schools they have a prominent athlete's trophy case, but this one is dedicated to academic achievement. In the current year, the Vass Lions Club has provided grants for 4 iPod Touches, 6 Leapster Explorers, a contribution to a picnic shelter, mailings to Afghanistan, and a contribution to Sandhills Farmlife's Garden Project. Lion Terry Kerr is shown presented a grant to Sandhills Farmlife. See their website atSandhills Farmlife Garden Project.
 
Scholarship Program
 
Aubrey Leon Keith, Sr. Scholarships
   Each year the Vass Lions Club awards college scholarship grants to deserving seniors at nearby Union Pines High School.  Awards are competitive and based on financial need, civic responsibility, and scholastic merit. Application for a scholarship may be submitted by any senior planning to attend a college or university. A panel of Lions Club members evaluates the applications and determines who is to receive the awards. In this coming year two students will be selected. Each will receive $1000.  Pictured on the right is one of the 2010 receipents Traci Keith. The other is Caroline Carter.
 
Cypress Pointe Fire and Rescue
 
One of our Charter Members was a Founding Member of the Vass Rescue Squad, A.G. Edwards, Sr.

   For years the Lions Club has provided regular support to the Vass Rescue Squad. Money has been used for various items of personal and rescue equipment. In our community, the rescue squad has a particular importance since it is mostly volunteer. Typically, $1,000 or more annually is donated with some added donations for special projects. The included picture is of helmets given in memory of Phil DeLozier, a longtime member of the Vass Lions Club and associated in everyone's minds with all things in Lionism. The Circle V Fire Department, Vass Fire Department, Cameron Fire Department and Vass Rescue Squad are now merged as the Cypress Pointe Fire and Rescue Department.

 
Back Pack Pals
 

Linda Hubbard, Kim Blue, Steven Blanchard and Jinny Richmond

The Vass Lions Club has supported the Back Pack Pals Program at Vass-Lakeview Elementary School for the past several years. BackPack Pals, a program of Moore County Schools, started with one school in December, 2005. Eleven more schools were added in 2006 and three in 2007. The program was created to provide nutritious foods to children identified by school staff to have little or nothing to eat over the weekend. Children in primary, elementary and middle schools are recognized with input from teachers, teachers assistants, school nurses, counselors and other social workers as candidates for the program. Once the identification process is completed letters are sent home to obtain permission from the parents/guardians for the child to participate. Backpacks are then issued to the student free of logos maintaining the dignity and anonymity of the participants.

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