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Lions use flag program funds to help others

by Dennis LeDrew

The Carson Valley Lions Club Flag Program benefits the community in many ways.

First, it is a remarkable display of patriotism on the nine statutory holidays during the year in which we put up and take down the flags. Visitors to our Valley frequently make laudatory comments about the number of flags flying on those days.

Second, our community benefits because every dollar earned from this program must be spent on charities or programs that enrich the community. Examples of these are our regular (monthly) financial support provided to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, plus the several large special donations we have made to that worthy entity, the purchasing of eye examinations and prescription lenses for needy school children or adults in the community, our sponsorship of a camp for deserving children at Camp Lamoille (Camp Dat So La Lee) for a week each June in the Ruby Mountains near Elko which is sponsored and operated by the Lions in the entire state of Nevada. Our club also provides financial support to the Carson Valley Historical Society, which operates both the Carson Valley and Genoa Museums, to which we have made many donations. Our club awards three annual $500 scholarships to graduates of Douglas High, one female, one male and one to a wrestler.

As members of the Western Lions Eye Foundation, for which we are assessed annual dues, we refer needy individuals with serious eye problems to their excellent facility in San Francisco for no cost treatment. We also provide financial support to the Lions Project For Canine Companions for Independence (LPCCI), an organization that supplies seeing eye dogs for the sight impaired. We collect used prescription eye glasses and frames to be re-distributed to needy individuals in under-developed countries.

Annually, in support of the California and Nevada Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation, our club sponsors a Student Speakers contest for three local speech and debate students, in which the eventual winner of this year’s contest, which will be decided in June, for example, will receive $18,000 in scholarships to apply to the cost of a college education. The subject each year is on a contemporary item of much general interest, and this event has become one of our winter highlights.

Every dollar raised by our fund-raising projects, such as our flag program, must be expended on the above, and other charitable programs. Separate accounts are maintained for our “Project” and “Administrative” funds, and all administrative costs must be borne by our members.

The Carson Valley Lions Club is grateful for and wishes to thank you for your continued support of this worthy program.

Dennis LeDrew is secretary for the Carson Valley Lions Club.

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