Lion of the Year

Posted on June 23, 2016Leave a comment

Lion Elden Wright has served in the Fairfax Lions Club since 1983.  He has volunteered in many capacities – always setting the example for exemplary community service.  Elden’s leadership, skillful planning, and constant dedication have assured successful service by the Fairfax Lions Club in our community.

This past year, Elden Wright has planned and led multiple Lions Club service projects – among them 2 blood drives, and the Club’s eyeglass dispensing for needy persons.  Additionally, Elden is the President and Chief Executive of the Virginia LIONS EYE INSTITUTE FOUNDATION, which is co-sponsored by Lions and the Inova Health System.  Elden coordinates free eye care for needy patients with the Inova Cares Lions Eye Clinic. This includes laser, medical and surgical care for all types of conditions of the eye.  Elden oversees funding of: continuing medical education for nurses and para-professionals, equipment purchases for local not-for-profit hospitals, scholarship awards to sight handicapped individuals, clinical research, and rehabilitation of visually impaired individuals through low vision evaluations and use of low vision aids.

Elden has also raised significant charity funds to enable Fairfax Lions to complete their mission of serving needy people in our community.  His actions are fully consistent with the Lions’ motto of “We Serve.”

Lion Elden Wright is selected as “Lion of the Year” for 2015-2016, and will be recognized by the Fairfax Inter-Service Club Council on August 3, 2016.

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At the June 21 meeting of the Fairfax Lions Club, Lion Elden Wright is announced  as “Lion of the Year.”

Fairfax Lions Help Move the Lamb Center

Posted on May 30, 2016Leave a comment

As a special project, 5 Lions and 3 Lions family members worked on Saturday May 28, to help move the Lamb Center.

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Fairfax Lion Marty Lockard leads Lion service project

Overall, about 50 total volunteers and Lamb Center staff spent Saturday afternoon moving the Lamb Center from leased space to the permanent new home on Campbell Drive.   The 4 hour job was made easier by having many volunteers help, and the loan of a large cargo truck from Central Union Mission in Washington, DC.

The Lamb Center reopens May 31st, Tuesday morning, at 8:00AM, at the new location at 3160 Campbell Drive, Fairfax, VA.  The community is invited to the Grand Opening Open House on Sunday, June 26th from 1:00 – 5:00pm.

Chairwoman of the Lamb Center Speaks to Fairfax Lions

Posted on May 18, 2016Leave a comment

At the Lions dinner meeting on May 17, 2016, Mrs. Kelly Johnson talked about the Lamb Center operations: about 31,000 guest visits each year – about 106 guests per day.  And, guest numbers are increasing.  It opened in 1992 to serve the poor and homeless in central Fairfax.  With the support of about 100 local churches, It is a daytime drop-in shelter offering hot meals, showers, haircuts, laundry, and a variety of counselors.  It is a place where someone knows each guest’s name and cares about them. The Center has raised over $4 million to purchase their new facility which offers much more space for guest care, training, and storage.  The visiting nurse will even have an office.  Kelly said Fairfax Lions might consider 3 things to help: support with prayer, volunteer – June 26 open house is a great start point, and consider attending the October fund raising dinner.

Fairfax Lions donated charity funds this year to the Center, and it will likely be a budget decision for next year.

Kelly JohnsonMrs Kelly Johnson speaks to Fairfax Lions

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