Lions Club International to hold centennial celebration

The public is invited to the Lions Club’s Anniversary Party, celebrating 100 years of service in communities at home and abroad. Hosted by Lions Clubs of District 19-C and the City of DuPont, it will be held on Saturday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Clocktower Park, 1400 Palisade Blvd. in DuPont.

The day-long celebration will include an opening ceremony with the JBLM Color Guard. live music and entertainment will include Steve Stefanowicz, The Arc Band, The Fun Singers, Ray Conn, Okinawa Taiko group and the YMCA dancers. A beer garden, a variety of food and vendors, children’s activities, games, a bingo booth hourly drawings for raffle prizes, free hearing, sight and diabetes screenings, free parking and more. There will also be a food collection for the Emergency Food Network of Pierce County, so please bring non-perishable food items to donate.

For more information contact Centennial Coordinator Bob Johnson at (253) 353-3043 or bobjohnson39@live.com. To become a vendor, contact Gail at bokworm234@aol.com.

History and Mission of the Lions Club

The Lions Club, with the motto of “We Serve,” was founded in 1917 by Melvin Jones to bring together a universal network of volunteers to undertake the world’s most pressing charitable challenges. Attending a Lions Club international convention in 1925, Helen Keller challenged the Lions to be the “knights of the Blind in a crusade against darkness.” Keller had suffered total loss of vision and hearing as a toddler and went on to become an international symbol of hope through her remarkable accomplishments. The Lions accepted the challenge and have been advocates of healthy sight programs ever since.

Today with 1.4 million members in more than 46,662 clubs in 210 countries, the Lions Clubs:

  • Support local and large-scale global health programs to prevent and control diabetes, a growing world epidemic and diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in middle-aged adults.
  • Help fight hunger around the world through establishing food drives, school lunch programs, provisions of food at soup kitchens and homeless shelters, support of local and global food banks and more. Lions have also constructed hospitals, schools and orphanages around the world to serve children in need.
  • Partner with local grade schools to conduct vision and hearing screenings, establish community literacy programs, build wheelchair ramps for homes, send children with diabetes or physical disabilities to a specialized camp, take on local community improvement projects and/or host military families at Camp New Hope, a retreat to help families come together after deployment, and more.

For more information about the Lions Clubs visit their website at lionsclubs.org.

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