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Lion Shutdown – What If?

Like many others ,we have followed news of the federal government shutdown in recent days ad nauseum. While we know many have felt the effects more personally than ourselves, we began to ponder what the effect of a Lions Club or Lions Clubs International Foundation shutdown would mean. Lions are the world’s largest service club organization and are dedicated to being a global leader in community and humanitarian service. On a local level, a shutdown of the FFB Lions would affect services such as, vision screenings and providing eyeglasses for those who need some assistance, youth programs, such as scouting, band programs and youth sports, and donations to other causes, such as the Alzheimer’s Association, Camp for the Blind and Sheriffs Youth Ranch. On a national and international level, a shutdown of LCIF would impact services for children, like literacy and immunization programs, community and environmental programs by cleaning the environment, planting trees, recycling and educating others. LCIF also impacts health programs that focus on hearing, diabetes and more, not to mention Lions work in time of disaster that have provided relief in the United States, Japan, Haiti and other locations to provide immediate and long term disaster relief. It is a good feeling to know that our Lion leaders, both locally and on the national and international levels, work together to insure our continued collective effort toward our commitment of “We Serve.”

BINGO at the Lions Den on Dave Creek Parkway is now held each FRIDAY evening with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and the first game at 6 p.m. Snacks and beverages are available, so please come and join us for a fun, smoke free evening. The Fairfield Bay Lions meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, with dinner being served at 5:30 p.m. (reservations requested contact Lion Mary Meadows @ 884-6388) and the meeting with guest speaker at 6 p.m. Our next meeting will be on Thursday October 24 and our guest speaker will be Sherry Guess, Director of the Fairfield Bay Community Education Center. Sherry will fill us in on general information regarding the Education Center and upcoming classes that will be available. For information regarding joining the Lions Club please contact our Membership Chair, Lion Mary Meadows @ 884-6388. All meetings are open to the public and visiting Lions are most welcome.

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