We have just inducted 4 new members in July which brings our club total to 80 members. We also have4 more new members to induct this month.
Volunteer Hours: May: 113 June: 107 July: 341 Total Hours: 561
Used Eyeglass Collected: 219 pair
Donations: Total of $5,792
Palmer Lady Moose Basketball: $100
Colony High School Grad Blast: $250
Colony High School Wrestling: $500
Colony Days Parade: $150
Dr. Chang Math Scholarship: $750
Standing Together Against Rape: $200
YAK: $200
Palmer Public Library: $92
Alaska Assistance Dogs: $500
Palmer Lions Memorial Scholarship recipient: $500
Alaska Wild Bird Rehab Center: $500
United Way Mat-Su / Stuff the Bus (school supplies): $250

Volunteer Highlights:
Colony Days: The Lions put on an “All You Can Eat” Breakfast Buffet that includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, & Lion June Oberg’s magnificent sticky buns. We had a big crowd this year. It’s a nice gathering place for community members before going out and experiencing the Colony Parade and community activities.

Road Cleanup: The Palmer Lions have adopted a section of the Inner Springer Loop for cleanup during the summer. We have picked up many bags of garbage that is left from the winter and just “tossed” during the summer.

Special Santa Program: Lion Mari Jo Parks is another member who is deeply committed to helping others in our community. She is the Chief Elf of the Special Santa Program that works tandem with Toys for Tots and others to provide toys and needed items to children in need at Christmas time. Lion Mari Jo, and all her elves, is the reason that so many children, and families, in the valley have a Christmas. They put smiles on many faces during the holiday season.

Other: Our club members are actively involved in volunteering throughout the community. Some of the places we help volunteer are: Mat-Su Regional Hospital, Providence Stork Club, Girls / Boy Scouts, Galena Flood Recovery, Mat-Su Miners Baseball Fundraisers, Mat-Su Senior Center, MEA Charitable Foundation, March of
Dimes, and helping the Elderly.

Upcoming Projects:
Fair Gate – We will again “man” the Purple Gate at the fair this year. We enjoy the time to visit with old & new friends as they attend the fair.

4-H Livestock Auction / Luncheon: Lion June Oberg, aka “Granny”, and her various helpers, make a scrumptious vegetable stew from her garden, along with homemade bread and various goodies, that is provided for the bidders at the 4-H Livestock Auction, where the 4-H members get the chance to auction off the animals that they have raised throughout the year.

Vision Screening – With the start of the school year we will again be visiting the schools in the Palmer / Wasilla area to do vision screening. We are already being contacted to reserve days.

Special Santa Program – There will be lots of planning to help out at “Halloween Hallow” – another choice for children on Halloween to dress up and have fun, play games, get prizes all in a safe, and warm, environment. The entrance fee is a new, unwrapped toy, or $5 donation per child / adult. There’s fun for everyone!!
PHS Football /Volleyball – High School sports have begun. Palmer Lions help out by taking money at the gate for various sports. We enjoy this because we also get to watch the games in progress and cheer on the Mighty Moose.