Meetings

SERVICE PROJECTS

Apple City LEO Club:  The Arendtsville Lions are sponsors of the Apple City LEO Club, which consists of students in grades 7 through 12 at Biglerville High School.  LEO stands for Leadership, Experisnce, and Opportunity.  Members of the club learn the importance and satisfaction of service through the club's activities.  The club's on-going activities include caroling at area nursing homes during the Christmas season, assisting with maintenance of Arendtsville's community park, and raising funds for a specific cause through an annual cupcake sale.

Vision Screening:  We perform vision screening for Kindergarten students at the start of the school year to help detect possible vision problems and get them remediated as soon as possible.  For students whose families cannot afford a visit to the eye doctor, the club covers the cost and also provides corrective lenses, if needed.

Road Clean-Up:  The Arendtsville Lions participate in Pa. Department of Transportation's road clean-up program.  At least twice a year, our members pick up trash along Pa. Rt.34 East and North of the town. 

Holiday Decorations:  Our club brings a festive atmosphere to the town each Cristmas by hanging lighted wreaths on the light poles along each of the streets leading to the town square.  Decorations are also displayed at the Borough Office Building and at the Arendtsville Firehall.  Members of the Arendtsville Volunteer Fire Company assist the club with this project.

Holiday Fruit Baskets:  We deliver fruit baskets to senior citizens who have lost their spouse and are living alone.

Community Beatification:  The club's Beautification Committee plants and maintains flowers in several large containers around the town during the growing season. 

Non-Profit Volunteering:  Many of our members donate hours of volunteer service to various community organizations in and around the Gettysburg area such as Red Cross Blood Donation Program; National Park Service; Gettysburg Hospital and Wellspan Health; and ARC of Adams County.

FUNDRAISING PROJECTS

The primary source of fundraising for the Arendtsville Lions operate is it restaurant at the South Mountain Fairgrounds.  The restaurant offers a varied menu of items at various events during the year:  The The South Mountain Fair and The National Apple Harvest Festival are our largest events.  Our standard menu includes a variedy of sandwiches, soup, french fries, and milkshakes.  At The National Apple harvest Festival, we get an early start and make breakfast, which features ham and eggs, chipped beef gravy, homefries, and toast.  We're not up as early for the South Mountain Fair, but we stay later and provide a full buffet dinner several evenings of the fair.  The dinner includes turkey, roast beef, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert.

The South Mountain Fair is held for 5 days during the third week in August.  This is Adam County's agricultural showcase.  There are livestock and produce displays and competitions in addition to arts and crafts, food and carnival rides.  The National Apple Harvest Festival is held the first two full weekends in October.  When the weather is nice, it can draw as many as 25,000 people to our small community in a single day.  That is a lot of people for a town with a population of only 1,000 residents! 

Through these festivals, the Arendtsville Lions net approximately $25,000 in funds to utilize for the needs of our community.

 

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