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FG Lions present a check to Hospice to help carry out their service to the community. Hospice is one of 21 agencies that benefit from Lions fund distribution. From left are immediate Past President Dick Botsford, Hospice Boat Float Chairperson Charisse Straight, Lion Vice President Charles Straight, and current Lion President John Stanczak.

The Fairfield Glade Lions Club distributes donated funds each year to help support sight conservation, hearing, youth and community programs.

Retiring King Lion Dick Botsford commented, "This was the final act of my presidency. It is always a great pleasure for our board of directors to be able to fulfill the Lion's motto, 'We Serve.' During 2005-'06 we distributed nearly $25,000. About $5,000 went for glasses and eye examinations for the needy in our community. Over $5,000 went to the White Cane Agencies, and $3,600 was given to school seniors and Roane State students in the form of scholarships."

In all, 21 charities were the recipients of Fairfield Glade Lions' giving this past year. In the past four to five years, the Lions have shared some $250,000 in donations with local and county charitable organizations. These funds are generated from various programs like the Travelogue Series, cheese sales, golf tournament, and White Cane Days. These funds must be shared for the benefit of the community in order to maintain their nonprofit status. Only funds from dues may be used for administration costs.

The Fairfield Glade Lions have been serving Cumberland County for the past 30 years. They voluntarily test elementary and high school children for sight and hearing and for the past couple of years have been testing kindergarten and pre-K children for possible eye problems. The Lions are well known as "the Knights for the Blind and Hearing Impaired."

They wish to sincerely thank and applaud the entire community for their continued support. The children and their parents in the area have benefited greatly from your generous contributions.

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