Franklin Lions donate $10,500 to other groups
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Joel Christman, left, president of Franklin Township Lions Club, presents check to Nina Fehnel, representing Northeast Eye Bank. The Lions donated $10,500 to five organizations. Looking on are, l-r, Jim Blakeslee, representing Lehighton Memorial Library; Justin Smith and Lynn Diehl, representing Franklin Township Fire Company, and Cliff McFarland, representing Trinity Food Bank in Lehighton.
Five organizations were awarded checks by the Franklin Township Lions Club on Thursday which collectively totaled $10,500.
Joel Christman, president of the club, said the money was raised by various fund-raising events during the year.
• Franklin Township Fire Company - $4,000.
• Lehighton Memorial Library - $2,500.
• Trinity Food Bank in Lehighton - $2,500.
• The Northeast Eye Bank - $1,000.
• Lions International Leader Dog Program - $500.
The donations were made during a meeting of the club at Phifer's Ice Dam in the township.
Christman said the money was raised through such projects as a calendar sale, car cruises, hoagie sales, the annual picnic in the park, and spring fling.
"We're proud to be able to make such a donation to community groups," said past president David Hawk.
Present at the meeting was Liz McElwee of Pottsville, Lions District Governor. She praised the club for its community endeavors.
Christman explained that in addition to the fund-raising efforts, there are other events that the club holds.
An Easter egg hunt for township children is planned.
On June 7, a kids' trout fishing contest for youngster up to age 15 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Phifer's Ice Dam.
On Sept. 14, the Lions will hold their annual picnic in the park at Phifer's. At this event, any senior citizen in the township is offered a free dinner.
The cruise nights at the ice dam will be held April 25, May 30, June 13, July 25, and Aug. 29.
Presently the club members are working on their "Spring Fling," which will be held June 8 at Phifer's Ice Dam. Entertainment will be by the country band Hickory Rose.