Lo­cal Lions pro­mote com­mu­nity ser­vice

Mem­bers cur­rently plan­ning an­nual Christ­mas tree lot fundraiser

The Progress-Index Weekend - - LOCAL -

PETERS­BURG — The Peters­burg Lions Club has been busy re­cently with com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties and club meet­ings. The lo­cal club is part of the world’s largest ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion, Lion Clubs In­ter­na­tional and pro­motes the or­ga­ni­za­tions’ goals of com­mu­nity ser­vice and serv­ing lo­cal res­i­dents with vi­sion im­pair­ments.

In early Septem­ber, club mem­bers pro­vided vi­sion screen­ings to stu­dents at St. Joseph School in Peters­burg. Over 100 stu­dents were screened to de­tect any pos­si­ble vi­sion im­pair­ments which could lead to prob­lems with read­ing and learn­ing.

At the first club meet­ing of the year, Marco Cal­len­der, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Peters­burg YMCA, gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on the up­dates and im­prove­ments be­ing done to the lo­cal YMCA, from pro­grams of­fered to build­ing ren­o­va­tions.

In early Oc­to­ber, Jane Clay­borne, di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions for the James House, spoke to the club about the ser­vices pro­vided to vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Club mem­bers are cur­rently plan­ning their largest fund-rais­ing event of the year, the an­nual Christ­mas Tree Lot. The tree lot will be lo­cated in the park­ing lot of the new Roses store on South Crater Road. This has been an an­nual project for over 25 years, and the funds raised stay here in Cen­tral Vir­ginia to sup­port pro­grams that as­sist res­i­dents with vi­sion im­pair­ments.

The Peters­burg Lions Club meets the first and third Thurs­day of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Roma’s Ital­ian Restau­rant on County Drive. For up­dates on ac­tiv­i­ties or mem­ber­ship ques­tions, fol­low and con­tact club mem­bers through Face­book at PETERS­BURG LIONS CLUB.

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The Peters­burg Lions Club pro­vided vi­sion screen­ings in Septem­ber to stu­dents at St. Joseph School in Peters­burg. More than 100 stu­dents were screened to de­tect any pos­si­ble vi­sion im­pair­ments which could lead to prob­lems with read­ing and learn­ing.

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Marco Cal­len­der, ex­ec­u­tive di­irec­tor of the Peters­burg YMCA, spoke to the Peters­burg Lions Club dur­ing the club’s Septem­ber meet­ing. His pre­sen­ta­tion fo­cused on the up­dates and im­prove­ments be­ing done to the lo­cal YMCA, from pro­grams of­fered to build­ing ren­o­va­tions.

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