By Kathleen Anderson
This week I would like to introduce you to the many Lions Clubs serving the communities of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Tenino and Yelm. Once a month until I am exhausted, I will introduce you to other community service clubs, such as Rotary, Kiwanis and others. If you are a member of a service club and would like to share information about an upcoming event or services provided, please let me know.
If you thought that Lions were just glasses, you will be surprised …
I am a member of the Olympia Host Lions Club. To obtain the designation ‘Host’, the club must have founded 10 active clubs. Founded 86 years ago, in 1935, we have remained active in Olympia and have added new programs to support over the years.
We recycle plastic, support Lions Park and Lions Sensory Garden in the Marina, test sight and hearing for schoolchildren, volunteer food packages at the Thurston County Food Bank, and give out dictionaries to grade three students. , among other programs.
Our Corbin Low Vision Resource Center, located at 2103 Harrison Ave. NW, in Olympia, is open by appointment Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The only program of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, we offer loaner visual aids, such as closed circuit video reading magnifiers, task lighting, illuminated hand magnifiers, and talking watches and clocks, among others. There is no income or age limit. For more information or to make an appointment, call 360-790-8667.
One of the ways we support the Corbin Low Vision Resource Center is by selling apples every year. We sell and ship 40 pounds of Fuji apples for $ 40 and orders are currently being taken. Check out our new website (or contact me) for how to place an order. Host Olympia Lions meet via ZOOM every Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
The Olympia host Lions club also has a branch club – the Steamboat Peninsula branch Lions club meets on 1st Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Griffin Fire Station # 1, 3403 Steamboat Island Road NW.
Olympia West Lions Club:
See you on 2sd and 4e Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. at Tugboat Annies, 2100 West Bay Dr. NW.
They join Olympia Host Lions Club in recycling and selling apples among their other projects.
Lacey Sunrise Lions Club:
Lacey has three Lions Clubs. Lacey Sunrise Lions Club will join Lacey Midday and Lacey Lamplighters in celebrating First Responders Day, September 11, and deliver a sheet cake and governor’s proclamation to Lacey City Police, County Sheriff’s Office and Lacey Fire District 3. Because of the Covid -19 Delta Variant, they had to cancel chili and cornbread until next year.
They also provide Flags Over Lacey, putting up 650 US flags all over Lacey from May 1 to July 5, then again the first two weeks of September.
Joining several other Lions Clubs locally, they volunteer at the Thurston County Food Bank – sorting food and repackaging meals at the Thurston County Food Bank. Other projects include Project New Hope, which helps provide family camps and retreats to veterans with the goal of helping people with PTSD due to deployment issues and stress at work, volunteering in the school districts and hearing aids and exams.
They also raise funds for their projects by joining the Olympia Host Lions Club for the sale of Fuji apples.
They meet every Thursday at Denny’s on Martin and College Way from 7:30 am to 8:30 am, both in person and via Zoom.
Lacey Midday Lions Club
Lacey Midday Lions greets visitors to her meetings held the second and fourth Thursdays at 11 a.m. at the Clubhouse of Edge Lake Mobile Home Park, Lacey, Washington 98503
Some of their service projects include vision and hearing tests: in elementary schools in Thurston County, usually September through November. (This project is shared with the Lacey Sunrise and Lacey Lamplighter Lions Clubs.) Grade 3 Dictionary Handout: Six elementary schools in Thurston County, usually November and December. And the Lacey Fire Hall Homeless Kids Christmas Party: December event providing homeless families with baskets and children’s gifts with a gift drive the night before.
The Midday Lions Club, along with other Lions clubs in our area, actively support the Lions Eyeglass Recycle Center (LERC) which collects eyeglasses and hearing aids and spends hours inspecting, cleaning and reading the glass glasses.
Meet on Wednesday 1st and 3rd – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hawks Prairie Restaurant at 8306 Quilnault Drive Lacey
Tumwater Lions Club:
Meets monthly, on the 1st Wednesday; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Post 94, 2602 Marvin Rd SE Lacey.
Tenino Lions Club:
This Lions Club was founded in 1939 and has served its community ever since. They meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday – 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m. at Quarry House – 217 Park Avenue, Tenino.
They support Future Farmers of America, Coats for Kids, Help the Blind and Visually Impaired, All Kids Win (formerly Homeless Backpacks), Dollars for Scholar Plus and the Tenino Food Bank.
Yelm Lions Club
Also founded in 1939, Yelm is the only local club that has three meeting days and times – the first Monday at 6 pm; the third Tuesday at 7 a.m. and the fourth Thursday at noon.
Their locations are as follows:
Monday – Carlson Cabin; Tuesday – at M. Doug’s; Thursday: at M. Doug’s.
A very active club, Yelm supports eye exams, glasses and cataract surgery for the uninsured, Thursday night dinners for the needy, the free Christmas store for low income residents, construction wheelchair ramps for those in need, “Adopt a Highway” – – Freeway cleanup with DOT, scholarships for local high school students, Dictionary Drive for public elementary school, Boy Scout Troop sponsorship 268 and support for Camp Leo, a summer camp for diabetic children.
You can find more information about any of these clubs on their websites or Facebook pages. All clubs are accepting new members.
Kathleen Anderson writes this column weekly from her home in Olympia. Contact her at [email protected] or post your comment below.