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Massena Lions Club looking for new members

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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.

“We’re alive and well, but we are trying to recruit. We’re working on a couple of different projects to get out to the community. One of the biggest issues I’ve seen is that we’re a well-kept secret,” she said. “I don’t believe that a lot of the community understands what we do or what we have done in the past. I think that’s the key part of getting it out there so that maybe we can get some people to join.”

Lions Clubs International is the world’s 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 Depot’s Safety Day, according to Ms. Pullmain, and will hold its annual Election Day breakfast.

“I don’t 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.

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