2006-12-07 / Letters to the Editor

Help the Lions help others

The Jamestown Lions Club is a group of 33 local individuals who have come together to play an active role in the civic, social, and moral welfare of the Jamestown community.

The Lions Club International, of which the Jamestown club is affiliated, is the largest civic organization in the world. Since 1953, the Jamestown Lions have been living up to the Lions motto, "We Serve."

Most residents know of the Jamestown Lions Club but few are aware of the number of good works and charitable contributions the club accomplishes each year. Just some of those activities include: donations to the three churches, to help their efforts in assisting local families in need, and financial assistance to the town's holiday tree and Christmas pageant. The club sponsors scholarship programs for Jamestown eighth-grade graduates and high school graduates, as well as trustees for the Rebecca and Leah Carlisle scholarships.

The club's concern for the children of Jamestown is manifested in the efforts it makes to help local children with cancer, to support the Cub Scouts, and to offer eye screenings.

The Lions are important contributors to the quality of life issues in Jamestown, such as the island fireworks display, and are sponsors of the RI Adopt-a-Highway (East Shore Road).

Occasionally, the members can be seen physically busting their you know what's helping senior citizens move within the senior housing complex.

One of the most important activities the club is involved in is the fight against blindness. Financial support to Camp Mauchatea, pronounced "Mac-a-tee," a summer camp for blind children, funding toward the purchase and training of seeing eye dogs, proactive programs for the prevention of blindness and the recycling of eyeglasses are all part of the club's efforts to improve eye care.

The Lions Club of Jamestown donates 100 percent of the funds it receives and the board of directors carefully review the requests they get during the year, some from individuals and some from organizations, and they allocate funds in such a way as to have the greatest impact for good, benefiting the Jamestown community and the state of Rhode Island. The Jamestown Lions Club especially wants to serve our neighbors who need our help. If you are aware of any particular individual or family in need, please contact Lion President Bob Horan Jr. at 423-3554 or write in care of 18 Ocean Ave., Jamestown RI 02835. All requests will be held in the strictest of confidence.

At this time of year, we once again turn to the Jamestown community at large and ask them to forward donations to the Lions Club so that we can continue these acts of local charity. Address checks to the Jamestown Lions Club, P.O. Box 316 Jamestown, RI 02835.

Thank you.

Bob Horan,

president, Jamestown Lions Club

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