Visalia Pride Lions Projects
Relieving Hunger: During the month of December the club is collecting ham and turkey donations to help feed needy families during the Christmas holidays. In January the club will host a canned food drive to help the local food banks in our community.
Chair: Alicia Crumpler
Youth Committee- The club will continue to partner with the Gay-Straight alliance clubs in High Schools around Kings and Tulare Counties. We visit the clubs and introduce ourselves to them as LGBT adults and Lions in their community. We will continue to donate the starter libraries of state approved LGBT literature we began in 2011 for each club so they have their own new books. With each year, there are new GSA clubs in the area and our goal is to visit them all and establish a connection of friendship and support. The youth committee also supports the weekly LGBT teen meetings for Tulare County Health Program by supplying snacks and assiting on a summer activity like a day at the waterpark.
Committee Chair: Lions Patty and Robin
LGBT Elder Committee: The Pride Lions are currently working to facilitate a link between the LGBT services and training that is available now to county governments around the country and the county staff here in Tulare County. National organizations like SAGE and OPEN DOORS in San Francisco, train organizations on how to sensitively interface with LGBT seniors, recognize special needs and offer special programs to benefit them. Our club goal is to bring that training here to our county and make life better for our older population.
Committee Chair: Lion Cheryl
Scholarship Committee- Our club goal for spring, is to continue to award student scholarships for outstanding achievement in the LGBT local student communities. Our committee is currently working to determine the recipient pool, award criteria, amount and other parameters that will determine the structure of this program. This committee is led by club members who are current or retired educators and administrators and is open to any club member interested in shaping this important community outreach program.
Committee Chair: Lion Alicia and Lion Leslie
Visalia Band Review Committee: Each year, on a Saturday in October, the 6 Lions clubs of Visalia co-host the High School and Jr High Band Review and competition. It is held at the Visalia Stadium. A morning parade begins the day where we sell donuts and water and programs along the route, hold signs to direct the bands and assist in any way we can. Later we staff the concession stand and gates into the stadium, and assist as needed. This is a really fun event each year and we need every Lion to make it a success. There are always shifts available. Mark it on your calendar! This is a fund-raiser and community outreach program.
Committee Chair: Lion Dino
Other Annual Committees Include: Fresno Gay Pride Booth (June), Family Fest in Visalia Booth (September) COS LGBT event booth (October) Festival of Hope -Trevor Project booth (September)
VPLC Toy Drive: Each year we collect toys and gifts for the kids in the county Foster care program. Our focus is on the teenagers. Bracelets and jewlery, gift cards or T-shirts, etc.
All gifts are due by Dec 1st.
|LGBT Youth Committee||Lions Patty & Robin|
|LGBT Elder Committee||Lion Cheryl|
|Scholarship Committee||Lion Alicia and Lion Kim|
|Annual Summer Dance||Lions Alicia & Leslie|
|Fresno Pride Parade and Booth||Various|
|Annual Officer Induction and Anniversary Luncheon||Outgoing Pres|
|Annual Dinner Dance Fundraiser - Winter||Lion Kim|