Students Win Music Awards

Posted on March 19, 2020Comments are off

The Fairfax Lions Club hosted the regional Lions Bland Music Contest in the City of Fairfax Old Town Hall on Sunday, March 15.  Four instrumental contestants and three vocal contestants participated.  Two instrumental judges and two vocal judges selected top two performers in each category.  First place winners were awarded $100, while 2nd place winners were awarded $75.  Congratulations to all participants for outstanding performances.

Promoting opportunities for musically talented young people, the contest honors the life of James Alan Bland, an African-American musician and songwriter. Bland lived from 1854 to 1911, graduated from Howard University, and wrote more than 700 songs.  His songs include “In The Evening by the Moonlight,” “Oh Them Golden Slippers,” and “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny.”

Seven Contestants with Lions Club Host
Congratulations to Contest Winners Who will Advance to Higher Level of Competition

Lions Visit Low Vision Learning Center

Posted on February 25, 2020Comments are off

Low vision refers to that which cannot be improved by glasses or contact lenses only.  The most common cause is an aging condition of the eyes called age-related macular degeneration. However, young adults and children can be diagnosed as having low vision from congenital eye diseases. Others may develop low vision from complications of diabetes, or the effects of glaucoma.

The Low Vision Center of Alexandria provides rehabilitation services to individuals who are visually impaired

 To learn about a new club service project – assisting patients to tele-conference with a Low Vision Center – Fairfax Lions visited the Center in Alexandria which provides rehabilitation services to individuals who are visually impaired; it offers a variety of tools and techniques. 

Fairfax Lions Hear Motivational Speaker

Posted on February 10, 2020Comments are off

Fairfax Lions heard from a wonderful speaker at our Feb 4 dinner meeting – Rick Rigsby – by video presentation.

Rick builds on wisdom he acquired from his own dad…words like: “Son, you would rather be an hour early, than a minute late,” “Pride is the wisdom of a foolish person,” and “If you are going to do a job, do it right.”  Good words, reflecting the presentation theme – “The Wisdom of a Third Grade Dropout Will Change Your Life.”  You may watch the whole video presentation at:

Rick Rigsby

Vision Screening – February 1

Posted on February 4, 2020Comments are off

On February 1, 2020, five Fairfax Lions participated in our annual vision screening event at the Fairfax City Chocolate Lovers’ Festival.  We once again partnered with the Fairfax Kiwanis Club, on the 3rd floor of the main fire station. The Kiwanis Club served a delicious BBQ lunch, and the Lions Club checked peoples vision.  We screened 70 people and 39 of them (more than 50%) were children.  Several were teens helping the Kiwanis Club, and the rest with families…three of the children were pre-school (age 2-5).  A total of 12 (17% of total) were referred for follow-up exam with an eye doctor (2 of the 12 were children).  The Lions team enjoyed working with the Kiwanians again – both are wonderful service clubs – and we continue to look for ways to partner.  Those screened, once again, seemed amazed that we are able to provide this service and make it so easy and informative. The key is excellent screening equipment which we purchased with proceeds of past charity funds raisers – we thank our community for its support! WE SERVE.

Kiwanis Club President Carolyn (center), with Lions Mike, Jeff and Marty

Service Club Signs

Posted on January 27, 2020Comments are off

The City of Fairfax has signs at different points entering the City, showing Service organizations. For example, the photo below was taken near Fair City Mall (opposite W. T. Woodson HS)…note the Fairfax Lions Club sign near the center!

The Inter-Service Club Council maintains these signs for the City.

Fairfax Lions Thank Giant Food

Posted on January 8, 2020Comments are off

Local Giant Food stores offer free fruit to children (age 12 and under). What a wonderful way to help youngsters choose healthy food. The Lions thank Giant Food for this wonderful effort.

Giant’s Outstanding Offering for Children

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