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Schroon Lions to outline charitable efforts

Open house Feb. 27

Schroon Lake Lions Club President David Harder greets the club mascot who was escorted to town by Lion Roger Friedman. The Lions will host an open house Monday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Decesare’s Pizza on Route 9.

Schroon Lake Lions Club President David Harder greets the club mascot who was escorted to town by Lion Roger Friedman. The Lions will host an open house Monday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Decesare’s Pizza on Route 9.

— The Town of Schroon Lions Club is proud of its charitable work.

The service club, which provides support to a number of local and national groups, contributes upwards of $10,000 a year to local causes, said David Harder, Lions president.

“It’s an important thing,” Harder said of the Lions’ work. “We want to inform the public of all the various things we’re doing with charities and let them know about the events we hold to raise money for those charities.”

That’s reason for an open house. The Schroon Lions will welcome the public to their meeting Monday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Decesare’s Pizza on Route 9.

“We’d like people to stop in and learn more about us,” Harder said.

The Schroon Lions have about 40 members. They meet the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Decesare’s Pizza.

To support its largesse, the Schroon Lions Club holds about seven events a year to raise money. Lions sell food during the community’s Fourth of July celebration, the annual arts and crafts fair and the Adirondack Folk Festival. Lions also hold an ice-out contest each spring and sell candy bunnies each Easter.

The two largest fundraisers for the Lions are a prime rib dinner each fall and an auction Memorial Day weekend.

The Lions Club is a service group, with 100 percent of all proceeds going back into community projects.

Information on the local Lions is available online at http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/schroon/

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization. It has 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in more than 206 countries and geographic areas.

Founded in 1917, Lions are best known for fighting blindness, but also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects — including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.

By conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all.

Lions community projects often support local children and schools through scholarships, recreation and mentoring.

Since 1968, the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded more than $700 million in grants to support Lions humanitarian projects around the world. LCIF was also ranked the number one non-governmental organization in a 2007 study by The Financial Times.

The Lions motto is “We Serve.”

For more about Lions Clubs, go online at www.lionsclubs.org

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