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Lions Club Awards Grants

March 28, 2011

COOPERSTOWN LIONS CLUB AWARDS COMMUNITY GRANTS; HOSTS JAIL MINISTRY

For over 60 years, the Lions Club of Cooperstown has been a catalyst for community service and betterment. Hundreds of individuals and organizations have been impacted, in a positive way, through the many civic projects offered by the Lions according to John Rowley, President of the Cooperstown Club. Most recently, eight organizations were awarded a total of $3,475 to assist them in offering educational and recreational opportunities. Each grant request was carefully evaluated to determine its impact to community, availability to diverse segments of residents and consistent with the Lions Club mission.

The following grant requests were awarded: Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, for their community Halloween Event; Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, for highway sign replacement, stage area in Market building and vendor chalk board repair; Cooperstown Food Pantry, personal hygiene care products; Cooperstown Youth Baseball, team sponsorship & outfield sign rental; Friends of the Village Parks, basketball goals in Badger Park; Project Prom, safe pre-graduation event; and The Smithy- Pioneer Gallery, Film Screening Series. In addition $1,000 was allocated to the Lions Club International Foundation specifically for Tsunami Relief in Japan.

The Lions Club expresses its appreciation for each organization taking the time to complete and submit an application and the many residents and visitors supporting Lions community projects to make these awards possible. Together we can provide enriching and meaningful opportunities to the greater Cooperstown area.

At its April 6 meeting, the Club will host Doug Coddington, Chaplain at the Jail Ministry of Otsego County, and learn more about their program. The Cooperstown Lions Club meets the first and third Wednesdays, September through June, 6:30 pm at the Tunnicliff Inn.

The mission of Lions Clubs International is To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation. For more information about Lions Clubs visit www.lionsclubs.org.

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