Lions Club to participate in global challenge

Staff Writer
Glen Rose Reporter

As Glen Rose Lions Club members look forward to the Lions Club International Centennial Celebration in 2017, they are committed to serve right here at home.

As part of the Global Service Actions Campaigns, Lions are challenged to “Relieve the Hunger, Engage our Youth, Share the Vision and Protect the Environment.”

“We realized very quickly that we could serve right here at home by partnering with the Somervell County Food Bank – also known as “PaPa’s Pantry” – in “Relieving the Hunger” in our own back yard,” said Lee Sundby, Glen Rose Lions Club Director.

As part of the “Relieving the Hunger” Campaign, Lions are inviting all Somervell County residents to “Fill the Shelves – Relieve the Hunger” on March 20-21 at the Somervell County Food Bank's Open House. The new Food Bank facility, which will be located at (753 Bo Gibbs Blvd., is ready to serve the residents of Somervell County who don’t have enough to eat or can’t afford to buy nutritious food for themselves or their families.

Max Bly, executive director of the Food Bank, reports that the Food Bank currently serves 150-175 families per month, fluctuating seasonally.

“Organizing this project gives us a chance to help local families within this global challenge,” Sundby said. “Community is what we make it and we are trying to build a stronger, healthier community and we thought there was no better way than to fill the shelves of our new food bank. Watch your mailbox and the Glen Rose Reporter for specific information in early March. We’re counting on the generosity of the residents in the Glen Rose area to “Fill the Shelves” so the Food Bank can “Relieve the Hunger.”

Since 1917, Lions have served their communities with dedication and contributed to the development of the well-being of millions of people around the world. Lions clubs are groups of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organization with 1.35 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in 206 countries and geographical areas around the world. As Lions look forward to their Centennial Celebration, they have committed to serve 100 million people worldwide by December 2017 through participation in the Global Service Actions Campaigns.

The Glen Rose Lions Club was chartered in 1975 and currently has more than 65 members.

“We are particularly proud of the fact than 100 percent of all funds raised are used to address local needs in the community or to support the humanitarian entities of the Lions Club International," said David Lander, who serves as the club president. "Our contributions to Lions Club International assist in funding the Texas Lions Camp which provides camping experience for disabled youth; funds to provide relief when disasters occur – such as the explosion in West Texas and the 2013 tornadoes in Cleburne and Granbury. Locally, the Glen Rose club provides eight $1,000 scholarships to deserving seniors at Glen Rose High School, $2,000 towards glasses for needy youth and adults; and helps fund 20 community organizations or charities, many that are related to our youth. In 2014 the Glen Rose Lions provided over $25,000 in donations or assistance to local and global entities."

For Glen Rose Lions Club information, visit the website at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/glenrose or contact Secretary DeeDee Jones at DeedeeJones@century21quadj.com.