Serving Murray and Calloway County for 77 Years
- KidSight: Our flagship community program offering free vision screenings for Pre-K and Head Start children. Last year the Murray Lions alone screened over 1700 children referring over 200 to local optometrists to correct early vision problems.
- Prescription Eyeglass Assistance: With the help of our local optometrist partners, we provide assistance with vouchers for glasses to the needy in our community.
- Murray Lions Community Skate Park: Our Centennial Service Project is completing Phase 2 of the community skate park.
- Scholarships: The Murray Lions endowment provided 16 scholarships to local high school students attending Murray State.
- Community Backpack Program: Purchasing food and providing labor to pack needed weekend nourishment for local school children in need of assistance.
- Leader Dog for the Blind: For 75 years Lions have contributed financially, identified people in their community who could benefit from Leader Dog’s services.
Elizabeth Raikes (left), wildlife biologist with the U.S. Forestry Service at Land Between the Lakes, was the featured speaker at a recent meeting of the Lions Club. Raikes’ presentation included before and after photos of projects at LBL designed to rid the area of unwanted invasive plant species. Also shown is Lions Club vice president Jim Gray.
Friends of Land Between the Lakes, a non-profit organization, provided speakers for a recent Lions Club meeting. FoLBL, with 250 volunteers who provide 15,000 hours of service per year to the LBL National Recreational Area, educates, informs and engages the public through numerous activities at Woodlands Nature Station, Golden Pond Planetarium, and Homeplace 1850s. Shown (from left) are Executive Director John Rufli, Primary Volunteer Jim Gould, Lions member and FoLBL volunteer Mike Lyons.
At a recent meeting, the Murray Lions formally thanked Thornton Heating and Air for their corporate sponsorship for the 2016-2017 fundraising drive that allowed the Murray Lions Club Foundation to complete the Skate Park – Phase 2 project in Central Park.
Serving Western Kentucky since 1937, Thornton offers a full line of Trane products and the area’s finest service department with a true 24 hour service every day of the year.
Pictured above with Thornton General Manager, Mike Garrison (right) is Murray Lions president, Paul McCreary who said, “Thornton is one of our fine Murray businesses that not only offer great products and services, but also find a way to give back to their community.”
The 2017 Murray Lions Club Officer of the Year Awards were presented at a recent meeting. Each year during National Law Enforcement Week the club recognizes one individual from each of the seven first responder agencies that serve Murray and Calloway County with recipients selected by the agency head. This year’s awardees (and their supervisors) are (from left): Supervisor Murray Fire Chief Eric Pologruto and awardee Captain Justin Franklin, supervisor MCC EMS Director Marty Barnett and awardee Paramedic Robert Trenholm, awardee Calloway County Sheriff’s Deputy Jamie Phillips and supervisor Sheriff Sam Steger, awardee Murray Police Officer Andrew Wiggins and supervisor Police Chief Jeff Liles, awardee MSU Police Sargent Barry Rice and supervisor Chief James Herring, awardee Calloway County Jail Deputy Billy Ray Wilcher and supervisor Jailer Ken Claud. Not pictured is awardee Kentucky State Police Trooper Jody Cash. Also shown is Lions President Paul McCreary (far right).
Missy Jenkins-Smith (center), author of I Choose to Be Happy: A School Shooting Survivor’s Triumph Over Tragedy, was the featured speaker at a recent meeting of the Lions Club. The Murray Lions welcomed visitors from the Hopkinsville Lions, the Murray State Lions and Lions District 43-K 1st Vice President, Shirley Moore to hear her remarkable story of courage and forgiveness. Jenkins-Smith who was paralyzed by a bullet wound to her chest in the 1997 Heath High School shooting in which three students were killed and five, including Missy, were wounded, enthralled the audience with details about the day of the shooting and the many ways her life has changed as a result of that fateful day.
Missy, a 15-year-old sophomore at the time, was paralyzed from the chest down. But Missy didn’t see her disability as an end. Just hours after the tragedy, she forgave the shooter and took back her life. Over the subsequent 15 years, with no malice and a focus on her physical and mental rehabilitation, Missy would graduate from Heath, earn a bachelor’s degree in social work from Murray State University, become a counselor for troubled youth at a day treatment center, get married and give birth to two healthy sons. Missy, now 32, has received numerous honors over the years for her determination and courage, including being named “Kentuckian of the Year” and one of Ladies’ Home Journal’s “Most Fascinating Women. “Also shown are Lions Doug Crafton (left) and Jim Gray (right).
Members of the Murray Lions Club along with members of the Hazel Lions and Murray State Lions will be at Wal-Mart, Kroger and Food Giant in Murray, KY this Friday and Saturday to raise funds as part of their annual Candy Day drive. Funds donated by the community will be used to support Lions eyesight conservation activities such as KidSight which provides free vision screening to all Pre-K and Head Start children in the local community. One half of all funds raised goes to support the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation.
Founded in 1954, The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation (KLEF) is a charitable non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent and cure blindness by supporting research, and operating eye clinics and eye banks. The foundation’s activities are supported through funds contributed by Kentucky Lions Clubs, individual members, businesses, benefactors, memorials and bequests.
KLEF has supported eye research in Kentucky for more than 60 years. In 1968, the Lions raised $2.2 million to build the Kentucky Lions Eye Research Institute. In 1985, $1 million was raised to endow a University of Louisville Ophthalmology research chair. $350,000 was raised in 1999 to start the Children’s Eye Clinic at the Kentucky Lions Eye Center. The list of accomplishments by the KLEF continues to grow each year.
The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation is pleased to announce that the Kentucky All Star Basketball Game, between Indiana’s and Kentucky’s best high school All Stars will be held on Sunday, June 11th at the Frankfort Convention Center (aka: Civic Center) 405 Mero Street, Frankfort, KY.
The girls’ game will begin at 2 PM (Eastern Time) with Kentucky’s All Star Girls Team challenging Indiana’s All Stars Girls Team; immediately following will be the Boys Games!!!
This year’s coaches are: Boys Team: Rodney Wood, Head Coach at Wayne County HS in Monticello, KY and Scott Chalk, Head Basketball Coach at Lawrence Paul Dunbar HS, Lexington, KY . Girls Coaches are: Larry Just, Head Coach at Butler HS in Louisville, KY and Joey Thacker, Head Coach at Franklin County HS in Frankfort, KY.
Game day tickets are: $12 advanced and $15 at the door (includes both games). A bundle of 10 student tickets are $5 each which includes 1 free chaperon ticket. Individual student tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door.
We look forward to seeing you at the games!
Calloway County Jailer Ken Claud was the featured speaker at a recent meeting of the Lions Club. Claud updated Lions on activities occurring at the jail, including the many programs offered for inmates. Shown looking on in the background is Murray Lions vice president Jim Gray.
Brandon Hughes (right), co manager of Walmart of Murray, receives a plaque from Murray Lions Club President Paul McCreary in recognition of the $1500 matching grant that Walmart Corporation provided for phase 2 of the Murray Lions Club Community Skate Park which was recently completed in Central Park.