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The Mane Growl

March 2023 (Abridged)

Fairmont Lions Club Officially Welcomes Transfer Members

Lions Carol and Rex Zickefoose are now the Fairmont Lions Club's newest members, following an earlier vote by the club's board of direc-tors and a technical delay in completing their transfers from the Doddridge County Lions Club. Rex became a Lion in 1996 and Carol joined in 2011. Rex served as Zone Chairperson for three years and also served as Treasurer and President of his club. They have both jumped right in contributing to the success of the Fairmont club and we look forward to years of serving alongside them.

Club to Celebrate Centennial Thursday, April 20, 2023

T Past International Director Larry Johnson will be the guest speaker to help our club celebrate 100 years. Pres. Bob Brummage, VP Guy Ward and Bob Moffett have worked as a committee to take care of the details and Lions from District 29L and West Virginia have been invited and provided reservation forms. We are expecting a good turnout for this special event. An invitation and reservation form are included with this newsletter. Please fill it out and return with $25 per person attending to Bob Moffett by April 14, so that we will have a count for the caterer.

News from the District 29L Convention

Bob Moffett attended the District 29L Convention in Vienna, WV on Saturday, March 18. District elections were held and FVDG Dan Heintzman was elected to serve as District Governor for the 2023-24 Lions year.

Moffett delivered three boxes containing 696 pairs of used eyeglasses collected by the club, which are being transported to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in Roanoke, VA. In addition, a book and 12 boxes of crayons were combined with books and art supplies from other clubs to go to WVU Children's Medicine for the pediatric cancer patients there.

Our club also participated in the "Parade of Checks"—donations to our Lions charities. Fairmont Lions Club made these donations:

WV Sight Conservation Foundation $ 700; Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) $500; Camp Kno-Koma (Diabetes camp) $200; Deaf & Blind Recreation $50; Leader Dogs $100; Pilot Dogs $100; Total: $1,650. Total contributions from all district clubs amounted to $47,600.

Club Sponsoring Youth to Mountaineer Boys State

The Fairmont Lions Club is again sponsoring a high school student to Mountaineer Boys State this year. Sponsored by the American Legion, Boys State is among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. The club has budgeted $250, but this year the cost has increased to $350. Thanks to a donation to the club from new members, Rex and Carol Zickefoose, the club is able to sponsor a student's full cost this year.

Updated Membership List

Secretary Bob Moffett has updated the club's membership list. A copy is included with this newsletter. Please check to make sure that your contact information is correct and let the secretary know of any needed corrections.

Three Receive Eye Exams & Glasses

Keith Long, Chairperson of the Eyeglasses Committee, reported that three individuals were sent by the club to receive free eye exams and glasses for February. Each month, the club has been pre-approving up to five applications for the committee to act upon.

Other service activities included a blood donation and assistance to a blind individual.

Adopt-A-Trail Clean-up Set for Earth Day, April 22, 2023

“Invest in Our Planet” is the theme for this year's Earth Day. The Great Global Cleanup is a worldwide campaign to clean up our communities, beaches, rivers, lakes, trails and parks. Since the world's first Earth Day in 1970, over one billion individuals have mobilized for the future of the planet.

Fairmont Lions Club members will be cleaning the West Fork River Rail Trail between Fairmont (Norway trailhead) and Monogah beginning at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 22, 2023, which is Earth Day. Please wear sturdy gloves. Non-Lions are welcome to join us in this clean-up effort.

Vision Screening and Family Literacy Fair Scheduled

Aletta Moffett reports that the club will conduct pre-school vision screening on Thursday, May 4, 2023, at Sunbeam Learning Center on Mary Lou Retton Drive. Screening will begin at 8:00 am. The club will also do vision screening at the Marion County Board of Education's Family Literacy Fair on Saturday, April 29, 2023 (set-up on Friday morning). Fairmont Lions Club will also have a book table where children may select a book to take home. Scholastic raised their prices for books this year, but the club received a donation of $100.92 in order to purchase $300 in books. Aletta Moffett is also donating some books which she had purchased to read in the schools. Other members who have children's books in new or like-new condition may wish to consider donating those as well.

2019-2020 Fairmont Lions Club Service Activities July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023

People Served: 1,629
Service Activities Completed: 39
Volunteer Hours: 318
Funds Donated: $1,850.00


Calendar (subject to change) Meeting Location and time may be changing. Please watch for meeting notices until a permanent meeting place is found.

Apr. 20 100th Anniversary
Central United Methodist Church
301 Fairmont Ave.
5:30 pm Social
6:30 pm Meeting

Apr. 22 Earth Day Adopt-A-Trail Rail Trail Clean-up
Between Monongah & Norway Trailheads
2:00 pm

May 5-7 MD29 State Convention
Days Inn Conf. Center

May 11 Meeting Apple Annie's (Tent.)

This Issue's Quote

“Think of your fellow man, lend him a helping hand, put a little love in your heart.” —Jackie DeShannon

Just A Lion Or Two

Columbus Carpenter is doing some better.

Leroy Humberston hopes to get to our meetings when it stays daylight longer.

Beulah Miller has a bad cough, but said “hello” to everyone.


PDG Bob Moffett, Editor