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Lions Club offers flag program

Staff reports

The Carson Valley Lions Club works hard during the year to earn money to donate to various community programs and charities.

According to member Jim Peddicord, the Lions Club’s Flag Program not only helps to raise funds, it also shows the community’s patriotic spirit by providing flags to fly on nine different holidays.

Club members, for a fee, will raise flags for merchants and offices on those holidays.

“Visitors to our Valley frequently make laudatory comments about the number of flags flying on those days,” Peddicord said. “Our community benefits because every dollar earned from this program must be spent on charities or programs that enrich the community.”

Examples of where the money is spent include the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, eye exams and prescription lenses for needy children or adults, camperships for deserving children to Camp Dat So La Lee in the Ruby Mountains near Elko (the camp is run by the Nevada Lions organization), plus three $500 scholarships to Douglas High School students.

The club sponsors a student speakers contest as part of the California and Nevada Lions District Students Speakers Foundation program. The local winners advance to the district contest and could receive $18,000 in scholarships for college.

“This event has become one of our winter highlights,” Peddicord said.

Peddicord emphasized that all money raised by the Lions club is used for charitable programs and all administrative costs are borne by members of the club through yearly dues.

He added that members are grateful to all the merchants and businesses which support the Lions Club Flag Program.

For more information, call Peddicord at 782-2887.