NEWS RELEASE: Chittenango Lions Club CONTACT: Warren "Pat" Jerome 687-9585
DATE OF RELEASE: September 25, 2007 TOPIC: "Lions Provide Community with Services"




     The Chittenango Lions club in its 36th year of service to the community, recently summed up its report to its membership for 2006-2007. The 40 member organization of men and women worked in three ways.

     One, the Lions took part in a least 14 Work Projects that included (1) sponsoring a senior citizens dinner, (2) providing maintenance at the Madison County Children's Camp, (3) taking part in the OZ day parade, (4) cooking dinner for the Dollars for Scholars annual fundraiser, (5) working Community Betterment Day, (6) maintaining the village gazebo, (7) participating in the Memorial Day ceremonies, (8) holding a children's pumpkin face painting event, (9) collecting used eye glasses, (10) helping on Christmas Basket program, (11 holding children's Christmas Party, (12) conducting a pre-school vision screening program, (13) providing Village with assistance in its new trail project, and (14) planting new trees in Village parks.

     Secondly, the Lions conducted 6 Fundraising Projects in 2006-2007 to help provide funds for some of the above work projects plus making donations to several worthwhile causes listed below. These fundraisers included: (1) each Spring the club sells the Lions Lucky number calendar, (2) sells Christmas trees, (3) throughout the year it conducts a mint sale in cooperation with local merchants, (4) every Fall and Spring the club conducts raffles, (5) sponsored the Yellow Brick Road Run, and (6) the club accepted donations from the public to be used toward specific projects.

     Thirdly, the Lions assisted with 51 Financial Donations in 2006-2007 to organizations for worthwhile causes and to individuals for specific needs. The majority of the donations are returned to the community. However, some contributions beyond the community had to do with District and International causes pertaining to sight, hearing, speech and health needs. Overall the club provided over $16,000.00 to the following:

Eye exams and glasses for the needy
Leader Dog for the Blind
Canine Working Companions
Empire State Speech and Hearing Clinic
CNY Assoc. for the Blind & Hearing Impaired
Madison Cnty. Sheriff's Child Safety Program
Macular Degeneration Research
Jim Marshall Foundation
Lion's Clubs International Foundation
Lion's Reading machine repairs
Canine Helpers
Chittenango Fire Department
Chittenango Fire Department Auxiliary
Dollars for Scholars
Sullivan Food Cupboard
MD 20 Youth Band
Heritage Farms
Banner Patch program
CCS Music Boosters
Stonehedge Nursing Home
SCC Youth Fishing Derby
OZ Day Munchkin Sponsorship
Golisano Children's Hospital Building Fund
World Peace Poster Contest
Hospice of CNY
Madison Council on Alcohol &Substance Abuse
Camp Badger for Sight & Hearing Impaired
Guide Dogs for the Blind Foundation
Finger Lakes Regional Hearing Foundation
Madison County Children's Camp
Aurora of CNY
District Governor 20Y-1 activities
MD 20 Lions Foundation
North Chittenango Fire Department
Boy Scout Troops 11 & 33
CLCBM Children's Pumpkin Painting
CLCBM Membership
Student sponsorship to NYDEC
Lion's Night baseball game
Muscular Dystrophy
Eagle Scout Project
CCS After Prom Party
House fire victims
Sight First II Project
Village Creek Walk Project
Chittenango H.S. Scholarships
National Glaucoma Research
Sullivan Community Council
Ronald McDonald House
Orbis Sight Flight
Madison Cnty. Office of the Aging

     The Chittenango Lions Club wishes to thank the community for supporting its efforts over the years. Further, the club is always interested in acquiring new members. If any man or woman would like to inquire about becoming a Lion, please feel free to contact: Charles Grover (510-6642), Marg Montross (687-9433), Linda Llewellyn (637-2852), Jerry Vaikness (687-6757), Jim English (687-6740), or Jack Kern (687-9547).