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Bristol Area Lions Commended for their Community Service 11/06/2015

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Bristol Area Lion President Brendan Donegan presents eyeglasses and cell phones collected for recycling to First District Vice Governor Michelle Crocker.

Bristol Area Lion President Brendan Donegan presents eyeglasses and cell phones collected for recycling to First District Vice Governor Michelle Crocker.

At the meeting on Nov. 2, the Bristol Area Lions and guests enjoyed delicious roast pork stuffed with homemade sausage and apples, special gravy, scalloped potatoes, braised red cabbage and rolls served by caterer, Steve Hawks of the Hawks House Inn, Walpole.

After dinner, the club heard from Michelle Crocker, First Vice District Governor for District 41, which covers Maine. Crocker commended the club for its community service projects and financial support provided to local non-profits.
Annual community service projects include:

Liberty Day, educating seventh graders about the contents of the U.S. Constitution.
Speak Out, involving high school students speaking in competition on a topic of their choice.
Elmer Tarr spring roadside clean-up in partnership with the Bristol Masonic Lodge and volunteers from six other local non-profit organizations.
Christmas food basket distribution to Bristol and South Bristol residents.

Annual donations from the Bristol Area Lions Foundation include:
Four $2,000 scholarships awarded to Lincoln Academy graduates.
Major support to C.H.I.P. Inc., the community home improvement project.
In addition, support for Bristol Area Library, Bristol Fire & Rescue, Caring for Kids, Carpenter’s Boat Shop, Community Energy Fund, Lincoln County Dental, LincolnHealth, New Harbor Food Pantry, Round Pond Green, and sponsorship of a Little League team for 48 years.

As part of Lions International the foundation also donates to Lions Diabetes and Lions Sight & Hearing programs, and to The Iris Network serving the entire State of Maine.

The club collects eyeglasses, sunglasses, hearing aids and cell phones in boxes at the Bristol Area Library and the Bristol-South Bristol Transfer Facility. The eyeglasses are refurbished by Maine LIons to help third world countries.

The speaker for the next meeting on Monday, Nov. 16, will be State Senator Chris Johnson speaking on current Maine legislative issues.

To make a dinner reservation for that meeting, please call Herb Watson at 677-6191. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

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