At the June 23rd meeting the slate of officers for the 2016-2017 Lion Year were installed.
They are as pictured from the left is president, Paul McCreary, board members Rowina Wilburn, Ken Purcell, Cheri Grant, Ken Wolf, Hazel branch president Alli Hillard, membership chairman Marty Jacobs, 1st vice president Jim Gray, Treasurer Vicky Crafton, Secretary Sarah Kaegi and immediate past president Doug Crafton. Not pictured are Business branch president Susan Davis and second vice president Mike Lyons.
The Lions Clubs International Centennial Celebration will be held in Chicago rom June 30th to July 4th 2017 with more than 50,000 Lions and their families from world over attending and as part of the grand celebration will be a parade down State Street in Downton Chicago.
The Kentucky Lions will be sending an all-state band to march in the Centennial parade and the Murray Lions Club has fully funded two members of the band; one musician to be selected from Murray High School and one to be selected from Calloway County High School.
Lions Clubs International was born in Chicago, Downtown in 1917. Melvin Jones gathered his business friends and formed a group to serve the needs of people in Chicagoland. Gradually it became Lions Clubs International and local clubs were established in 210 countries and geographical areas throughout the world with 1.4 million members worldwide. Today the Lions are the only humanitarian group in China serving more than a billion people.
“Our Murray club has had a tradition with the Lions all-state band,” said Paul McCreary, Murray Lions Club president. “Former Murray Lions president Arvin Crafton was committed to showcasing the great young band talent in our state and in our community and we are proud to continue that tradition as being one of the first clubs in the state to fully fund band members for this great event.”
For nearly 100 years, Lions Clubs have served their communities with dedication and contributed to the development and well-being of millions of people around the world. To celebrate our 100th anniversary, each Lions Club has been challenged to perform a community project benefiting our youth, fighting hunger or protecting our environment.
The Murray Lions have announced their plan for the Centennial Challenge of expanding the Murray Lions Community Skate Park. The first phase of Skate Park was built in 2012 and has rapidly become the second most used year-round part of Murray’s Central Park; it is the only part of the Park with lighting for extended hours usage.
We will need your help to complete this project and hope that the community can support this worthwhile project by supporting our Lions Auction 2016 scheduled for local TV on October 18th and online beginning October 19th and running through October 28th. Support for Skate Park Phase 2 can also be made directly through tax deductible donations to The Murray Lions Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
We thank you for your support and hope each of you would have an opportunity to visit a Lions Club meeting to show your support.
Matt Chadwick, Extension Agent for the UK Cooperative Extension presented an informative presentation on the services offered by the UK Cooperative Extension which serves as the educational resource for all Kentuckians and is a catalyst to build better communities and improve our quality of life. The Cooperative Extension also serves as a link between the counties of the Commonwealth and the state’s land grant universities to help people improve their lives through an educational process focusing on their issues and needs through REAL research and data. Pictured with Mr. Chadwick (left) is Paul McCreary, Murray Lions President.
Signup for the Color Run – Click here
The Murray Business Lions will sponsor the second annual Color Run/Walk on September 17, 2016 at Chestnut Park in Murray.
The start area for the run is at the corner of Chestnut and 10th Street. Last minute registration will be held on the basketball court behind the Veterans Memorial Brick Garden.
7:00 AM Late Registration, packet pickup, Zumba in the park
7:50 AM Last minute runner instructions
8:00 AM Run/Walk Starts
All runners at this event will receive a get Colored for a Cause event shirt
We ask the runners wear protective eye wear and light colored clothing. Bathrooms will be available for a quick wardrobe change. The color stations will also be spraying the runners with colored water to help the color to stick to your clothing. If you don’t like getting your hair wet, please bring a running hat or whatever keeps your hair safe.
Good Buys Benefit Health Eyes
2016 Murray Lions Auction
Save the dates! October 18th through October 29th the annual Murray Lions Auction will be on local TV and online nationally.
Your auction purchases and donations go directly to fund our local community causes listed below:
- KidSight is a vision screening program that conducts vision screenings for children ages 6 months to 6 years old. Last year the Murray Lions screened over 1,800 area children. The screenings are FREE thanks to the support and volunteer efforts of the Murray Lions and you as a program supporter.
- Local assistance with the purchase of eyeglasses is a Murray-Calloway County program offering assistance with purchasing glasses for those in need.
- Kentucky Lions Eye Center is where clinicians, residents, fellows, researchers and educators of the UofL Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences are doing the work that is changing the face of eye care. Patients who visit the on-site clinics benefit from the cutting-edge technology and research work of the department faculty in various sub-specialties of the eye.
- University of Louisville Lions Eye Bank is a non-profit charitable organization serving the western half of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Its team of compassionate medical professionals and volunteers are dedicated to restoring sight through corneal transplant, ocular research and medical education.
- Phase 2 of the Murray Lions Club Community Skate Park located in Murray’s Central Park.
- Leader Dog for the Blind
You can preview some of the online items by clicking here.
Murray Lions Past President Doug Crafton receives a Life Patron recognition at the Lions District 43-K cabinet meeting on Saturday in Hopkinsville. The recognition is for his community work and the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation will receive a $100 donation in his name and hill be permanently considered a Life Patron.
The Patron Fund Program was created to help those Kentuckians with no insurance or limited insurance to obtain medically necessary eye surgeries. The program has provided assistance to over 100 people in the last five years.
The guidelines to qualify to be considered to receive assistance from the Patron Program are:
Individual must be referred to the program by a Kentucky Lions Club member.
An application must be completed and submitted to KLEF.
Individual must verify medical need of the surgery.
Individual must verify financial need. (Household Income and Household Expenses must be listed on application)
To receive an application for Patron Fund assistance contact the Murray Lions Club or a Lions Club in your area of Kentucky.
The Murray Lions will be taking your used eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones.
Dr. Duane Bolin spoke to the Murray Lions on Tuesday night on the importance of connecting our past to the present. Using a stirring example of his own family’s history he emphasized the importance of history and the continuing need for learning from the past. Pictured with Dr. Bolin is Lions vice-president Jim Gray.
Gerald Washington, Executive Director of the Murray-Calloway County United Way spoke at a recent meeting of the Murray Lions Club. Washington updated Club members on the role the United Way plays in the community and urged the Lions and other non-profit and civic clubs in the area to unite around the needs of our community. The United Way funds ten local non-profit agencies serving Murray and Calloway County. Washington stated that while the Murray Calloway County United Way is one of the smaller United Way agencies in the state, the reach for our community is significant. Pictured on the left with Mr. Washington is Lions vice-president, Paul McCreary.
Tom Grants, co-chair of the Legends Campaign for the Calloway Circuit Clerk’s office, spoke to the Lions Club about the importance of being a registered organ donor, pointing out that over 20 people die every day while awaiting a transplant. Phyllis Wrye joined in the presentation by sharing her personal experiences during her husband’s being on the transplant list and ultimately getting a heart transplant. Shown, from left, are Linda Avery, circuit court clerk; Wrye; Paul McCreary, Lions Club vice president, and Grants.