The Fulton Lions Club is proud to once again join Fulton’s Service Clubs as part of Memorial Day Salute.
The Fulton Lions Club is part of Lions Club International (LCI), which was founded by Melvin Jones in 1917. It is the largest service club in the world with over one million members in more than 170 countries. The Fulton club is one of the largest and most active Lions clubs in Central New York.
Lions Clubs are committed to sight and hearing projects. Fulton Lions have joined with LCI to support Campaign Sight First II to help prevent blindness worldwide. Fulton Lions provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids. During the past year, Fulton Lions have paid than $9,000 in eye exams, hearing aids and eyeglasses for Fulton residents, as well as contributions to sight and hearing organizations.
In addition, the Fulton club collects used eyeglasses for refurbishment and redistribution at The Fulton Medicine Place, Walmart, and Empire Visionworks. The Fulton club also supports the Guiding Eyes for the Blind program that trains Seeing Eye dogs for the blind, and the Finger Lakes Lions Hearing Foundation. In addition, the club recently sponsored training for a black Labrador Retriever named “Charby” in honor of Past President Don Charbonneau, founder of the Lions Duck Derby.
Among other community and charitable organizations that receive support from Fulton Lions are local Boy Scout troops, youth sports programs like the Fulton Wrestling Club, Catholic Charities and Salvation Army Food Pantries, ARC of Oswego County, Make-A-Wish Foundation, United Way’s Stone Soup luncheon, and many others. In addition, the club offers four-year college scholarships to G. Ray Bodley High School graduates through its H. and Mary Dowd Memorial Scholarship and John Scaringi Scholarship programs.
To support these many worthwhile projects in Fulton, the club holds several fundraising events each year. Among these are the fall Duck Derby, Lions Mane Event Comedy Night, and the tremendously successful Lions Loot Sweepstakes.
Anyone interested in membership in the Fulton Lions Club, or seeking more information can visit the club’s web site at www.FultonLionsClub.com, or find them on Facebook under Fulton NY Lions.
The motto of Lions Club is “We Serve” and the slogan is “Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation’s Safety.” We honor these words by participating in the Fulton Memorial Day Salute and saluting our nation’s active duty troops and veterans who have fought and served to bravely defend our freedom.