MASSENA The president of the Massena Lions Club said the group is alive and well, but needs new members.
Penny Pullmain said the membership stands at 14.
Were alive and well, but we are trying to recruit. Were working on a couple of different projects to get out to the community. One of the biggest issues Ive seen is that were a well-kept secret, she said. I dont believe that a lot of the community understands what we do or what we have done in the past. I think thats the key part of getting it out there so that maybe we can get some people to join.
Lions Clubs International is the worlds largest service club organization, with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions Clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.
Locally, the next project for the Massena Lions Club is an annual White Cane Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the U.S. Post Office. The Lions Club also will do vision screenings for children Saturday during Home Depots Safety Day, according to Ms. Pullmain, and will hold its annual Election Day breakfast.
I dont think a lot of people realize that is done by the Lions Club, she said.
She said money the club raises will allow it to meet pressing needs in the community, including funding for Massena Meals on Wheels, the Salvation Army, the Church of St. Vincent de Paul and the Massena Neighborhood Center.
Money raised also helps with the cost of eye exams and glasses for the less fortunate in the community. In addition, it is used to help purchase supplies for the Adopt-a-Platoon program, provide upkeep of its local vision screener, provide free vision screenings for prekindergarten children and pay for a scholarship.
For more information or to get involved with the Massena Lions Club, call membership chairman Darryl Chase at 769-6407 or Ms. Pullmain at 769-3525.