Letters to the Editor

Community: New Lion leader emerges

Terry Lacey will relieve Bob Jacobs as president of the Oak Harbor Lions Club July 1. This club consists of 60 dedicated men and women who meet every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the VFW postl. They have the desire to serve.

In the past year the club has completed many projects that consumed over 2,000 man hours and over $20,000. This money comes from community fund-raising projects, such as Christmas tree sales, three fruit sales, the flag project, annual garage sale, White Canes Day and Golden Ears Day.

The one project that stood out was the Adult Day Care landscaping and deck building. This consumed over 500 man hours and $3,800 in materials and thanks to one person’s ability to provide a tractor and building equipment, we saved over $1,500. This person joined the club after the job’s completion. What a great find that was.

Another project that took time and money was the repair of a damaged floor at Camp Horizon, the summer camp for the handicapped, located in Birch Bay at the old Air Force radar base that is supported by more than 40 clubs from British Columbia to Long View.

There are six scholarships that we give to deserving students; four are academic and two vocational. We paid for 26 eye exams and 40 pairs of glasses that helped make it a little easier for someone to get along in the world. Oak Harbor Lions are involved in one project or another each month. Among our other funded projects, we paid for new carpet for the Toddler Learning Center, supported the Junior Joggers Program at Hillcrest Elementary, the W.I.C.F. girls soccer team, as well as the Help House. As for White Cane Days, we collected over $1,600 to pass onto the Eye Bank located at the University of Washington.

We thank the community for their support and hope that the next year will be as successful as this year was in raising the needed funds to accomplish our projects - whatever they may be. As for any service club, we welcome anyone who has the desire to be a part of this lifestyle. We work hard, but take time to enjoy family events paid for from our own pocketbooks. You may contact us by mail at O.H.L.C., PO Box 21, Oak Harbor, WA 98277; or call myself, Ed Siegel at 675-5808. We serve.

Ed Siegel

Oak Harbor Lions Club

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