Thursday, May 19, 2016

May 5, 2016 Humanitarian Award Night


The Pleasant Grove Lions Club awarded its annual Humanitarian Award at a special meeting May 5, 2015. This year's recipient is Marsha Skidmore from American Fork. For 15 years, since the inception of the project, Marsha has organized a humanitarian group which meets once a week to sew quilts, little girls dresses, little boys shorts, diapers, baby nightgowns, etc. Much of the fabric is donated by individuals and local business. They collect materials to assemble school bags for children, the new-born kits, feminine hygiene kits for women, simple toys, soccer balls, etc.

All this is gathered and packed into large containers to be shipped to countries where the need is great. A professional golfers association has paid for the containers to be shipped and have done so for six years.

There are over a million orphans in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Marsha showed a video in which some of the kits were distributed and which portrayed the people happily receiving these donations. In addition, natural disasters give another opportunity to provide help. One thousand quilts were made in under two weeks to meet a challenge given by Elder Jeffrey Holland to help Chile after a disaster in that country.

This last year, over 800 school kits were assembled. Over 700 little dresses have been made so far this current year. Volunteer hours exceeded 50,000 hours. Many suitcases for missionaries have been donated. The charity organization Eyes for Zimbabwe has worked with the group to distribute needed eyeglasses. With the last shipment to that country went a great number of used eyeglasses collected by local Lions clubs. The video showed people receiving them with big smiles.
After Marsha's very interesting presentation, the Pleasant Grove Lions Club gave her the 2016 Humanitarian Award and also a box with 100 toy cars, 500 pair of used eyeglasses, and a check to help purchase supplies.

Loraine, Marsha, Darlene

Marsha Skidmore, Pres. Darlene Seely

 We encourage community members to "like" Pleasant Grove Lions Club on their FaceBook page. We hope it will be of interest and give information about our local efforts to serve the community. We are still able to provide exams and eyeglasses for children ages 5 to 17 in need, and to help adults with exams and eyeglasses.  Contact Milt at pglionsclub@gmail.com or (801) 913-2533 for information.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

February 2016 Activity



During the month of December and February the Pleasant Grove Lions Club and volunteers cleaned and readied glasses.  We had a scout collect, clean, read for prescriptions and packaged for an Eagle project.  The scout donated the 900 he did to the Pleasant Grove Lions Club.  So, all in all the club sent 1,326 pair of glasses to Senegal, Africa to help people have better vision than without glasses. 

We are always looking for donated glasses to help in such wonderful causes as this.  Helen Keller has asked Lions to be “Knights of the Blind”.  Also, we always welcome volunteers to help us in the various projects we do.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Governor's Night - January 21, 2016

Each year the Pleasant Grove Lions Club invites the District Governor who represents all the Lions Clubs south of the point of the mountain to the southern borders of Utah.  Milton Taylor (from our club) is the District Governor for 2015-2016.  We were happy to have him give us updates on what is happening in the district and the Multi-district Convention in which Robert Corlew International President Elect will be the honored guest.

35 year chevrons where presented to Dave Monson and Milton Taylor for their 35 years of service.  Darlene Seely our president was presented a 2014-2015 club service award for the club's service in one of the following areas of service: vision, youth, environment and hunger.  Where there is a need there is a lion.  Please contact the Pleasant Grove Lions Club if you would like to give back to the community and beyond.  Lions do make a difference.  You can learn more about lions club at  www.lionsclubs.org.
DG Milton Taylor Presenting David Monson 35 YR Chevron.
1VDG Rhett Huff Presenting DG Milton Taylor 35 YR Chevron.

DG Milton Taylor presenting Pres. Darlene Seely service patch for the Pleasant Grove Lions Club 2014-2015.


Friday, January 1, 2016

December 19, 2015 - Christmas Baskets

Each December the Pleasant Grove Lions Club puts together and delivers Christmas food baskets to our neighbors who could benefit.  This was started back in December 2009 and has continued ever since.  This year we were able to deliver 22 Christmas baskets.  This is one of the various projects the Pleasant Grove Lions club participate in each year in making a difference in our community.  All moneys that we receive from fund raising 100% of it goes back into the community.  None of it is used for administrative use.  So whenever you donate to your local lions club you can be rest assured that all moneys will be used in your community.  That is a real blessing.  If you ever have questions about the Pleasant Grove Lions Club or Lions Club in general you can email us at pglionsclub@gmail.com or contact phone numbers listed on this blog.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Vision Screening for kids at Walden Academy - October 13, 2015

Rhett, Cathy, Jo, Darleen with screening cameras
The Lions Clubs in the Utah and Nebo County area enjoy the privilege to volunteer in vision screening for kids.  This time we were at Walden Academy in Provo.  Lions from the Pleasant Grove, Payson and Nephi Lions Clubs.  If you have children in a school that you would liked screened encourage the school to call 801-785-2669 to schedule a screening or questions.
Jo, Cathy, Darlene, Rhett