Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lions Club Closes out the year with fun!

Let's face it 2011 was a very difficult year for many in the Vermilion community. Vermilion Lions Club has worked very hard to help those families that have struggled this year. We are proud to have raised funds for our eye-care mission in helping children and adults with vision care.

We also have worked to contribute financially in helping other worthy organizations from Grace's kitchen, to the Vermilion Food Pantry, Operation Christmas Joy and also helping students with contributions to the Athletic and Band boosters, plus much, much more.

Of course we couldn't have done any of this without our great volunteers and the overwhelming generous support of contributors who help other by purchasing French Fries and Perch at our Wagon during festivals and football games.

Just this past week we raised $1600 from our annual Christmas Party Mystery Gift Auction. Not to mention our volunteers took up stations at Salvation Army Bell Kettles.

We thank you Vermilion and hope to help even more in the New Year! Have a great 2012!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Salvation Army marches into Lions Club

The December 6th meeting of your Vermilion Lions Club featured the Christmas Spirit of giving as we hosted Tom Chmura, the regional field representative to the Salvation Army.
Tom expressed his gratitiude in thanking the Vermilion Lions Club for providing volunteer bell ringers helping to raise funds to assist those in need.

The club members were given updates on fund raising activities, and also on the increasing need for giving in these tough economic times. Tom informed us that the Vermilion Service unit of the Army had raised $44, 106 during the past year.

To hear great speakers like Tom, and for great fellowship in helping others contact us to see how you can join Lions!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sadly we say goodbye to a founding father of VermilionLionsClub

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of founding member Will Pretzer. Will was a founding member having served over 60 years in the community as part of Vermilion Lions Club.

The number of lives touched, as well as projects participated in from festivals, parades, fund-raisers, to helping improve Vermilion through projects like the Victory Park Gazebo and many others; Will definitively served others.

At the 40th Anniversary of the Vermilion Lions Club Will stated "I joined because of the motto 'we serve'. I was interested in what the club stood for, and I connected with what they do".
We will miss the man who meant so much to the club and to the community.