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Bristol Area Lions earn Four-Diamond Service Award   05/23/2018

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Bristol Area Lions Club Eyeglass Chairman Tom Rodrigues (left) presents 216 pair of eyeglasses and 20 cell phones to Maine District Governor-Elect Neil Iverson.

At the meeting on May 21, at the Willing Workers Hall, the Bristol Area Lions Club and guests enjoyed Shepard’s pie, salad, and biscuits followed by Whoopee pies and coffee served by caterer Deb Thibault, of Deb’s Bristol Diner. After dinner, the District Governor-Elect Neil Iverson was amazed at the amount of support given to the community by the small Lions club.  

The club was praised for its community service projects and financial support provided to local non-profits by Iverson. He presented the club with a four-diamond award for service provided to the community in four categories: youth, vision, environmental, and hunger. 

Youth focused activities included a Speak Out contest involving high school students speaking in competition on a topic of their choice; sponsoring the Bristol Lions Little League team for 51 years, awarding four scholarships to Bristol and South Bristol residents graduating from Lincoln Academy, and donations to Healthy Kids, the Lincoln County Dental clinic, and CLC YMCA. 

Vision activities included the collection of eyeglasses and donations to Lions International Sight & Hearing Foundation and to The Iris Network, serving the entire state of Maine. 

Environment activities include participation in the Elmer Tarr roadside cleanup with the Bristol Little League team and the Bristol Masonic Lodge which has been turned over to the Pemaquid Watershed Association’s TarrNation committee.  Elmer Tarr was a Bristol Lion and a Mason who would pick up trash on his walks to Pemaquid Point. Keeping the Pemaquid peninsula beautiful is more in keeping with PWA’s mission. This year more individuals and organizations were involved which resulted in more miles of road being cleaned. 

Hunger activities include an annual Christmas food-basket distribution to Bristol and South Bristol and donations to the New Harbor Food Pantry and Caring for Kids weekend snack backpack program.  

The speaker for the next meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 4 at the Willing Workers Hall will be Walter Wales a former member and yacht designer who will do a presentation on the design and building of the “Scheherazade” by Hodgdon Yachts in East Boothbay.  To make a dinner reservation for that meeting call John Janell at 563-7402. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

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