The Murray Lions – Since 1939 We Serve

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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.

 

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Lions Clubs International Foundation Disaster Relief Work is Ongoing

lions-disaster-relief LCIF_LogoAugust 2016 was a month wrought with disaster. When torrential rains led to devastating floods in Louisiana, USA, LCIF responded with two US$10,000 emergency grants and a US$100,000 Major Catastrophe grant. Days later, when a massive earthquake shook central Italy, LCIF answered with another US$100,000 Major Catastrophe grant. With the generous and ongoing support of Lions, LCIF continues to be a beacon of light in some of the world’s darkest hours.  

 

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Murray State President Davies Addresses Murray Lions

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MSU President Dr. Bob Davies spoke to a combined meeting of the Murray area Lions clubs  Tuesday night at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Murray. With members from the Murray Lions Club, the MSU Lions Club, the Hazel Lions branch and the Murray Business Lions branch learned of the importance of continuing the focus on MSU’s student centered approach to education and preparing MSU graduates for real career opportunities in a global environment. Dr. Davies addressed not only the impact of the state’s budget cuts on the university, but the university’s planning involved in managing the cuts as not to impact the high quality of education offered at MSU. In addition, he outlined the economic impact of Murray State University on the city, the county and the region. Pictured above from the left are Murray Lions president Paul McCreary, Dr. Davies, MSU Lions president Julie Boeker.

Dr. Davies also took time to snap a selfie (pictured below) with Lion president McCreary who claimed “he might be the only person in the entire county not included in a selfie with Dr. Davies.”

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Murray Lions Thank Sponsors for Auction 2016 Support

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Starting on October 18, 2016, the Murray Lions Club Foundation will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to bid on to raise money for our Foundation. The annual fundraiser would not be a success without our great corporate sponsors shown above and you the buying public. Sure, you can buy a lot of the auction  items locally, but choosing to buy through the auction generates proceeds going to fund our local community projects:

  • Kid Sight: 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.

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MES and Charter Channel 13, Mediacom Channel 299, WK-T Channel 1

 To preview some of the items online you can click here.

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The Holidays Mean The Murray Lions and See’s Candies – Order Today

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Truly some of America’s finest candy. See’s motto, “Quality Without Compromise®,”

Order By November 1st

Murray Lions Club – Rowina Wilburn

(270) 753-3080

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60+ Year Old Coffee Table Helps Support the Murray Lions Foundation

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This beautiful hand-crafted 60+ year old barn wood coffee table with one (1) end table is now available at It’s A Good Thing Consignment Furniture in downtown Murray. The exceptional craftsmanship was provided by Murray Lion Rocky Long who donated these items as part of the 2016 Lions Foundation Auction.

100% of the sale will be donated to the Murray Lions Foundation to support their local community projects.

  • 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.

Thanks to both Lion Rocky Long and It’s A Good Thing Consignment Furniture for their generous support of the Lions and our community.

 

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WoodmenLife Supports the Murray Lions Foundation

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WoodmenLife makes a presentation of a check to Murray Lions president, Paul McCreary during last night’s Murray Lions meeting. The donation is part of the annual fundraising event for the Murray Lions, which culminates with a TV auction on October 18th and a national online auction running from October 19th-28th.

The WoodmenLife’s generous donation is supportive of the Murray Lions Foundation’s community mission:

  • 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.

To donate to the Murray Lions Foundation click here.

Pictured above from the left are Sid Gutting, Lions president Paul McCreary, Phyllis Gutting and Rachel Brown.

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Spring Creek Health Care Shares Music and Memory with the Murray Lions

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The Music and Memory team at Spring Creek Health Care  in Murray shared the power music has on the treatment of Alzheimer’s  and dementia.

No one wants to end up alone and isolated in a nursing home. It’s hard enough to lose someone you love to Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. It’s terrifying to think you could end up there yourself, someday.

But there’s reason to hope for a better life as we age. The Music and Memory program helps people in nursing homes and other care organizations who suffer from a wide range of cognitive and physical challenges to find renewed meaning and connection in their lives through the gift of personalized music. Through trained care professionals patients are set up with personalized music playlists, delivered on iPods and other digital devices, for those in their care. These musical favorites tap deep memories not lost to dementia and can bring participants back to life, enabling them to feel like themselves again, to converse, socialize and stay present.

Spring Creek is one of only 7 certified Music and Memory facilities in Kentucky and the only facility offering the program in Western Kentucky.

Pictured above from the left are Erin Delancey, Whitney Villanueva, Lions vice president Jim Gray and JoAnna Thomas.

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Coming October 18-28 – Murray Lions Auction 2016

 

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Murray Lions Ice Cream Festival Vision Screening-Thanks Murray!

The Murray Lions thank the community for the great turnout not only for the Ice Cream Festival on Friday night, but to all the people that took the opportunity to visit our vison screening event on the Court Square. We screened 65 people, referring 7 to local optometrists for further evaluation and/or eyeglasses. The Lions enjoyed sharing our passion for sight preservation with the community and talking with everyone who stopped by our tent.

Special thanks to Murray Lions members who worked through a fairly (well maybe very)humid night on the Square; Jim Gray, Marty Jacobs, Ken Wolf, Doug Crafton, Paul McCreary, Terri and Rocky Long and Rowina and Jim Wilburn. Also a big thanks to MSU Lions membership chair Parker Upchurch for her great work Friday night.

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