Freeport: The Freeport Lions Club (today and tomorrow) is accepting donations for Candy Day. Donations can be dropped off at Cub Foods, Sullivan’s Foods, ShopKo, and Save-A-Lot.
Since 1936, “We Serve” has been our motto towards improving the quality of life for the visually and hearing impaired citizens of our community.
Freeport, Illinois, Lions Club directly or indirectly serves less fortunate people in the Freeport community with:
•Vision & Hearing Screening
•Prescription Glasses & Hearing Aid Subsidies Assistance
•Camp Lions Sponsorship
•College Scholarship Awards
•Salvation Army Bell Ringer Donations
•Maintenance of Lions Park for The Disabled
•Civic Awards & Recognitions
•Used Eyeglass Collections Program
•Emergency Disaster Relief
Freeport Lions Club has also supported the following organizations with funds from our ongoing Mint Sales program, annual Rose Day sales, annual Lions Candy Day donations, and annual Cheese Sale Project:
•All Veterans Memorial Park
•Amity Society for their child care program
•Center for Sight & Hearing in Rockford IL
•Freeport Health Network Festival of Trees
•Freeport High School Choir
•Freeport High School Jazz Band
•Freeport Park District
•Freeport School District 6th Graders Trip Fund
•Freeport School District No.145 Vision Screening Equipment
•Freeport Area Church Cooperative
•Freeport Arts Center
•Freeport Little League
•German Valley Lions Club Buffet Fundraiser
•Illinois Eye Research Center
•Leader Dog for the Blind School
•Leonard Ferguson – FHN Cancer Treatment
•Lincoln Douglas Debate Society
•Lions Club International Foundation
•Lions of Illinois Foundation
•Lions relief program for victims of Hurricane Sandy
•Malcolm Eaton Enterprises
•Mother Hubbard’s Kiddie Cupboard
•Public School Foundation
•RAMP Center for Independent Living (for people with disabilities)
•Rockford Ice Hogs Ice Hockey Fundraiser
•Scholarships to graduating Freeport or Aquin High School Seniors
•Sight First 2
•Stephenson County Historical Society
•The Salvation Army
•University of Illinois “Keepers of the Land” Program 3d Graders
•University of Illinois Youth Program
Freeport Lions Club members volunteer their time to help the following organizations raise funds:
•Salvation Army – ringing the bell and receiving donations during the winter holiday seasons at several area locations
•Stephenson County Senior Resources Center – cooking and serving food at the Senior Cookout & Dance
Freeport Lions Club members also volunteer their time to beautify the community and bring smiles to peoples faces with special civic projects:
•Donating dozens of roses to nursing and assisted living centers
•Judging the annual Lions “Peace Poster Contest”
•Painting park benches to give people a safe place to rest and be reminded that “We Serve”
•Planting new trees at select sites throughout the community
Beginning in 2013, the Freeport Lions Club established an ongoing “Twinning” relationship with the Kathmandu-Gliese Lions Club in Nepal, exchanging ideas and information.
This summary was compiled by Lion Richard Montgomery, Publicity Committee, and other members of the Freeport IL Lions Club. You can read about and see photos of Freeport Lions Club on the Internet.http://freeportlionsclub.blogspot.com/ . Or LIKE US and leave comments on our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Freeport-IL-Lions-Club
FREEPORT LIONS CLUB PARTICIPATED IN RECENT COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
•Provided funds and labor for a handicapped-accessible playground in Read Park which continues to grow.
•Provides free prescription glasses for those in need, especially school aged children.
•Freeport Lion Dr. V. K. Wadhwa conducts free monthly eye vision testing.
•Promotes Diabetes Awareness in cooperation with the American Diabetes Association.
•Sponsors a Little League Team.
•Contributes to the Center for Sight and Hearing located in Rockford which serves our area.
•Provides free Diabetic Retinopathy/Macular Degeneration Screening.
•Provides free Hearing Screening.
•Collects and recycles used eye glasses / hearing aids for use by the poor throughout the world.
•Sponsors children to Camp Lions — camp for sight and hearing impaired children
•Purchased a Color Electronic Magnifier for the visually impaired in our community.
•Contributed to the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Site Development project.
•Participates in Lions of Illinois Foundation Candy Day.
•Sponsors annual Rose Day – our major fundraising project.
•Sponsors ongoing Lions Mint Sales fundraising project.
•Donated funds to support the Tyler Justice Center.
•Provides college scholarships for graduating high school seniors who plan to attend Highland Community College.
•Sponsors NIE (Newspapers in Education).
•Sponsors a Peace Poster Contest in conjunction with Lions International.
•Provided financial aid to needy citizens through LCIF (Lions Club International Foundation) Flood Disaster Relief.
•Rings the Bell annually for the Salvation Army.
•Sponsors the Lions Quest Program in schools to promote Drug Awareness.