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Bristol Area Lions Club Annual Activities 11/04/2014

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The Bristol Area Lions Club was sponsored by the Damariscotta/Newcastle Lions in 1958 and serves the Bristol and South Bristol peninsulas. We have all our fundraisers in the summer as we have a number of tourists and summer folk visiting our historical and scenic area.

The fundraisers we hold are raffle ticket and book sales for 13 Saturdays in front of our local market, two trunk sales in our school parking lot, a golf tournament with sponsors, and a lobster lunch with a silent auction. Plus year round one of our members runs the local bottle return and we have a box there to deposit bottles for donation to the Club.

Altogether this brings in about $10,000. That allows us to:

Award four $2,000 scholarships to Lincoln Academy (our high school) graduates who live in Bristol or South Bristol. Three of those are endowments which have been supplemented.

Distribute almost 60 food baskets the Saturday before Christmas to folks that use the local food pantry serving both towns, they include a turkey for families and a small chicken for singles.

Be a major supporter of C.H.I.P. (a local community home improvements program) that provided needed assistance to 270 area families residing in Lincoln County, including teams doing home repairs and providing fuel assistance.

Sponsor our own Little League team

Donate to the local Food Pantry, Eldercare Housing, all of the cubs, boys and girls scout troops in our communities, as well as other local 501 (c) 3 charities. Plus donations to Lions Sight & Hearing, Diabetes, Iris and a large print books & tapes at the Bristol Library.

We are one of the few clubs in Maine that have had a Liberty Day with our local state senator reviewing the constitution with fifth graders.

We hold a Speak-Out with our three Ph.D.s as judges and the local county television station recording the event for later broadcast. Last year our members sponsored the dinners for the speakers, a parent, the Debate team advisor and his wife, and the television crew. This was all coordinated by a member who serves on the School Committee and is a former educator.

We organize an April roadside clean-up partnering with the local Masonic Lodge and enlisting the assistance of the local watershed association, little league team and scout troops and other community organizations to supplement our ageing and declining membership with a noon hot dog lunch for all participants. Last year we had 61 people from eight organizations participating.

Our local weekly newspaper puts our news releases of each meeting or event with accompanying photo on the same page nine each week, so folks know where to look for it. Plus we have a website and FaceBook page.

Last but no least, we have a collection box for eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones at our Transfer Station and an Eyeglass Chair.

(John Janell, 11-3-14)

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