Lions' service recognized
The Westshore Lions Club, originally the Westlake Lions Club, were recently recognized by the Lions of Ohio for 25 years of service to the community. During the club's Sept. 21 meeting, a certificate was presented to Lion Nan Baker who is a charter member and co-founder of the club. The Certificate of Appreciation read "Celebrating 25 Years! Congratulations on this milestone event! Thank you for your service to the Lions of Ohio and worldwide."
Since 1996 the Westlake/Westshore Lions Club has had a profound effect on the community in a variety of service efforts – both major community service undertakings as well as smaller service efforts. Major efforts included the engraved bricks at the Westlake Recreation Center Community Square, the Tile Mural located in the front lobby of Westlake Porter Public Library, playground equipment purchased for the Westlake Recreation Center and more recently the Safety Bucket Project which provided 570 safety buckets divided between the Westlake and North Olmsted public schools.
Other efforts to support the community have included the purchase of low-vision equipment for those who are blind or sight-challenged at Porter Library, sponsoring youth softball, sponsoring a youth Lions club (referred to as Leos) at Westlake High School, sponsoring a sight-challenged child to go to camp, raising funds for a Pilot Dog (dog guide for the blind), support for the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, participating in the Bell Ringing on July 4th in Westlake and many more.
The Westshore Lions also have 14 eyeglass collection boxes throughout the community where citizens can donate old eyeglasses which can then be contributed to those less fortunate in other parts of the world.
Where there is a need there is a Lion; if you would like more information about the Lions or the eyeglass donation locations, call 440 250-5564.
I am a member of the Westshore Lions Club part of Lions clubs International community service. My service area includes helping the blind, we collect the used eye glasses and recently the Lions Club finished the Safety bucket project for the N. Olmsted and Westlake Schools. We are gradually expanding our eye glasses collection locations in Westlake, North Olmsted, Rocky River and more.