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Lions, volunteers pick up trash along North Poplar Fork

October 13, 2018

On Saturday, Oct. 6, nine volunteers and six Lions picked up litter along North Poplar Fork Road in Putnam County as a part of the WV Adopt-a-Highway program. Normally, about 30 bags of trash are collected along a 2-mile stretch, but this time only 18 bags were collected. The Scott Teays Lions Club thanks its many volunteers for their help.

The previous Saturday, the club was standing in the middle of Great Teays Boulevard collecting donations for its own foundation and local diabetes causes.

The $729 collected was split 50/50 and the diabetic cause selected was Camp Kno-Koma. This is a one-week camp during the summer that teaches kids ages 7 to 15 how to monitor their diabetes and give themselves shots in addition to all of the other fun things kids do at camp. Volunteer doctors, nurses and others are always present. The money will be used for a scholarship to the camp. The club Foundation money is used to pay for eye exams and glasses for deserving Putnam County residents.

In June, there was a similar collection and half of that money went to the WV Lions Sight Conservation Foundation. This foundation pays for eye programs within the state, supports the Eye Institute at WVU and purchases hearing aids for deserving WV citizens. The club would like to THANK the people of Putnam County for their support of these and other programs.

This is the time of year when the club makes its annual donations to Lions and local causes. The donations are four to five times less this year than normal due to a small number of members to man money making projects. The donations were:

• $77 to the WV Lions Sight Conservation Foundation Permanent Endowment Fund (The interest earned by this fund is transferred to the General Fund). In addition, $395 was donated to the General Fund.

• $50 to the Romney School for the Deaf and Blind. This money is used to pay students for performing small tasks and have spending money.

• $50 to the Blind Ski Program. This supports a program to take kids from the Romney School on a skiing trip (tubing) each year.

• $50 to Lions Quest. This is a program available to all schools in the state and trains teachers to deal with circumstances.

• $50 To Leader Dog. Leader Dog is based in Michigan and they have provided many guide dogs to many blind WV citizens for free as a result of support from the Lions.

• $100 to WV Lions Youth Exchange Program. This program provides financial support for WV youth to visit other countries for a few weeks.

• $250 to Lions Clubs International Foundation. This Foundation supports programs worldwide. Every time there is a flood in WV, money is available for the asking through the local Lions District Governor. Many eye diseases have been nearly eliminated through the work of this foundation. One way you can help the club is by signing up with the Kroger Community Rewards program for the Scott Teays Lions Club Foundation LA066.

• $275 Local Youth Basketball.

Thank you for your many years of support.

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