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The Sebastopol Gravenstein Lions have been curtailed in their usual activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We switched to virtual meetings in March 2020.  As of July 2021 we are resuming in-person club meetings and various events and activities.  Shown below are past Club activities:

Gravenstein Lions have supported the public and various partners  including Ceres Community Project, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Excite Instruction, Sebastopol Community & Cultural Center, Habitat For Humanity, West County School Nurses (vision & hearing screening), Lions in Sight, Canine Companions, Inc., Sebastopol Area Senior Center, North Bay Science Challenge, FOGS (Friends of Guerneville School) and more.

The Gravenstein  Lions have staffed beer booths at the annual Chamber of Commerce's  Apple Blossom Festival in Sebastopol, CA . The 2020 and 2021 Festivals were cancelled due to COVID-19.  We hope to participate in a 2021 Parade in September 2021.

The club actually did select two $500 winners of Lions Scholarships at Laguna High School in 2020 via virtual meetings.  In 2021 there was an in-person graduation ceremony so we were able to hand out two $500 scholarships.

In the past, Lions worked with Scouts from Troop 27 (sponsored by the Gravenstein Lions) to build a split-rail fence around an old heritage oak and fence and mulch about 15 young oak saplings in Sonoma County Regional Ragle Park in Sebastopol as the Club's Centennial Legacy Project. We've also worked on painting road intersection signs on Sonoma County's West County Trail. We are looking to do a number of HOP (Help Other People) Projects in the rest of 2021.

The Gravenstein Lions did not hold its major fundraiser - Fireworks Sales Booth - in 2020 due to high fire danger and COVID-19.  In 2019 our fundraising efforts allowed the Gravenstein Lions to donate almost $15,000 to over 25 organizations.  The fireworks sales ban has been continued so the club is now lookiing for other fundraisers to continmue our efforts to assist others in need. 

In October 2020 we virtually hosted District Governor Joe Massoni on his Offiicial Visit.  In 2021 we are looking to welcome  District Governor Cindy Lemas-Gillepie to an in-person Official Club Visit.

We look forward to the opportunity to serve the public in 2021 in new and different ways!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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