Lions Clubs International (LCI) is partnering with Anthem Foundation for "Lions-Anthem Volunteer Days", a month-long community service event taking place in 17 U.S. cities this October. Lions-Anthem Volunteer Days is a special opportunity to:
Engage Lions and Anthem associates in service events focusing on health and wellness
Increase the impact and visibility of community service nationwide
Give back to our local communities
This is the second year the Golden Lions Club participated with Anthem on a project for the Family Tree Organization. This years' project was to cleanup an overgrown area in the backyard area at the Karlis Center. Bushes were trimmed or removed, ground cover and crushed granite laid down.
As part of the partnership, Anthem Foundation donated US$250,000 to the Lions Clubs International Foundation. The funds will be used to support Lions-Anthem service projects and the Volunteer Days event, and for "Lions-Anthem Foundation Healthy Heroes Grants" to support Lions' health and wellness programs.
The Golden Lions Club is proud to be a part of the growing corporate social responsibility movement by partnering with Anthem Foundation, Anthem Inc. and its national network of dedicated associates. To see more pictures, Click here.
The Golden Lions Club were hard at work installing three "Iron Rangers" in Golden History Park. The Iron Rangers are heavy steel containers used to receive donations from the public. One was installed next to each entrance in the park. The donations will help with the fundraising requirements of the Golden History Park. The Golden Lions Club also funded the purchase of the Iron Rangers.
4th of July Festival
The Golden Lions Club had another sucessful 4th of July Festival. Burgers, brats, pulled pork sandwiches, chips and soft drinks were provided by American Legion Golden Post 21. Over 270 prizes, donated by local businesses, were won in the Golden Lions 4th of July raffle with Kelley Trucking winning the Superbowl XXXIII John Elway signed football and Jenn Warner winning the $1000 first prize.Click here for a list of donors. 3 great bands furnished live music all day and a great fireworks, sponsored by the City of Golden, concluded the festivities.
Golden Lions Present Scholarships to Three Golden High School 2016 Seniors
The Golden Lions Club presented $2000 scholarships to three Golden High School seniors who were selected from over 20 candidates submitted by administrators and teachers. Rebekah Anderson will attend Montana State University and study environmental science, Dylan Johnson will attend University of Utah and was at the school participating in the national debate competition, Lindsey Thorsheim will attend the University of Colorado and is enrolled in the Leeds School of Business.
Picture (Left to right) are Lion Peter Keppler, Rebekah Anderson, Lindsey Thorsheim, Lion Ed Dorsey, Dylan Johnson, Lion Mike Klis.
Golden Post Office Food Drive
The Golden Lions Club, along with the Young Professionals from the Golden Chamber of Commerce, sort and transport food collected by the Golden Post Office to the Christian Action Guild in Golden. Over 19,000 lbs was processed.
Foothills Art Center Cleanup
The Golden Lions Club participated in the spring cleanup of the grounds of the Foothills Art Center. Trees were trimmed, ground up into mulch and redistributed amongst shrubs and flowers. Also helping were staff and volunteers of the Foothills Art Center and Colorado School of Mines students.
Free Homemade Chili Supper
The Golden Lions Club Annual Chili Supper fund raising event took place Saturday January 23rd, 2016. The event this year was significantly different than the past 40 years.This year we had free chili and craft beer was available for purchase at $5 per glass from the three most popular brew pubs in Golden: Barrels and Bottles, Golden City Brewery and Mountain Toad.
Golden Lions Club Celebrates Ten Years Supporting the KidSight Program
The Golden Lions Club has been providing KidSight screening to northern Jefferson County schools, parts of St. Vrain school system, the Head Start Program and selected Denver public schools for the past ten years. In 2006, 148 kids were scanned; in 2014 the Golden Lions screened 2985 and have set a goal to increase that number by 20% in 2015.
KidSight Colorado provides free vision screening for children six months through six years. Lions Club volunteers throughout Colorado conduct vision screening sessions at preschools, kindergartens and other early childhood centers. Undetected vision problems, if left untreated can lead to Amblyopia (lazy eye), which is the leading cause of vision loss in children. The current goal for KidSight Colorado is to screen 40,000 kids yearly, which represents more than 50% of the children born each year in Colorado. The Colorado Lions KidSight Program screened 43,189 children in Colorado in 2014. That is a 14 percent increase over last year's screenings. 5,048 children were referred for a complete eye exam due to detection of a vision problem.
The Golden Lions KidSight volunteers are now using a new PlusOptix camera. The process is as simple as taking a child's picture. The camera allows performance of the scan of both eyes at the same time and is done from three feet away. This allows quicker scanning and because both eyes are measured at the same time the camera is able to pick up additional vision problems that scanning one eye at a time was not able to do. The new camera is able to detect signs of the following possible problems
Strabismus - Strabismus is when the eyes are not directed to an object simultaneously.
Anisometropia - This is a condition in which the two eyes have unequal refractive power. If there is a large difference in clarity between the two eyes, the brain will often suppress the vision of the blurrier eye in a condition called Amblyopia, or lazy eye.
Anisocoria (Unequal Pupil Size) - Unequal pupil sizes of more than 1.5 mm may be a sign of an eye, brain, blood vessel, or nerve problem.
All results from referral scans are returned through the schools to the parents to allow follow-up with vision professionals. The Golden Lions club has programs to help any parent needing financial assistance either with the exam or with needed glasses.
During Sept alone, the Golden Lions visited 16 schools with 155 volunteer hours, scanned 1242 kids and referred 78 children for further review. The program will continue through December and into January if needed.
Golden Lions awarded KidSight Club of the Year for 2014-2015
At the Colorado Lions convention in Aspen the Golden Lions Club received the KidSight Club of the Year for 2014-2015 award for outstanding service to the KidSight program. The club received special acknowledgement for the extra effort it put forward to scan over 500 kids in the St. Vrain Valley school district. St Vrain Valley school district made a last minute decision to become part of the program but local clubs were not able to provide the screening needed. The Golden Lions stepped in and volunteered to travel the 50 miles to the district on three different occasions and screened over 500 children. This effort was in addition to the over two thousand kids that were screened in the local community.
Lion Ed Dorsey received the award on behalf of Golden Lions Kidsight Chairman Robert Storrs and the rest of the Kidsight Committee.
Golden Lions Build Bus Stop Shelter
The Golden Lions Club constructed a Bus Stop Shelter at the Lewis Court Senior Apartments. 2200 Jackson St bus stop. The shelter was purchased with funds provided by the Golden Lions Club and the Golden Civic Foundation.
Assistance with the construction was provided by Steve Kurtz and the Golden "Streets Department" to lift the roof into position.
Please join the Golden Lions Club for a cup of hot cider at Golden's Candlelight Walk, December 2, 2016. We will be serving free cider at the Golden Visitor Center on Washington Ave. and 10th St. from 6:30 until we run out.
Lions Chili Supper
Please join the Golden Lions Club for our annual chili supper on February 18, 2017 at the Masonic Lodge on 10th st. We will be serving free chili (with a ticket) 3:00-7:00 (or until we run out)! We will also have beer, wine and bake sale items for sale. Hope to see you there!