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Oxford Lions Club welcomes new members

08/15/2022 04:56PM ● By Steven Hoffman

The Oxford Lions Club has been operating for 70 years. The COVID-19 pandemic and other medical issues have robbed them of a number of familiar faces over the last couple of years, but the remaining members are dedicated to rebuilding their ranks.

Current president Mike Baker has been actively seeking new members to carry on the numerous good works the Lions Club has done for the Oxford community.

If you are looking for an organization to donate to and you want to be sure your donation is spent wisely, look no further than the Lions Club. According to Baker, the Lions Club has no administrative costs so 100 percent of the donations they receive go directly to the charity they are supporting. The Lions Club is the largest service organization in the entire world with 46,000 clubs. Lions Club International has more than 1.5 million members.

The main goal of the club has always been to help vision-impaired persons. They provide eye exams, frequently doing testing for those who might not otherwise be able to get exams. Of course, they also collect glasses and regrind the lenses so others can use them. Collection boxes are set up throughout the community. Donate your used glasses and feel good knowing they will help others.

They have long been a positive force in the community. This year they stepped up to take over a job, long held by Mayor Harold Gray, who passed away, and will now be ringing the bell for the Salvation Army each holiday season.

The pandemic obviously changed so many lives, and it certainly robbed many organizations of much-needed volunteers.

Baker is encouraging others to volunteer for the Lions Club and to be a part of one of the longest running organizations. For more information, contact Baker at 484-643-0943 or email him at:[email protected]

The Lion’s Club contributes, among other things, to the following:

  • Beacon Lodge, Lion’s Camp for children with disabilities
  • Canine Partners for Life
  • Eye Foundation of Delaware Co.
  • Girl Scout Troops in Oxford
  • Boy Scout Troop 44 – Sponsor
  • Nottingham Presbyterian Back Pack Event
  • Hunger Walk Oxford
  • Leader Dogs
  • Oxford Little League- Team Sponsor
  • Light House Youth Center
  • Oxford Neighborhood Services
  • Oxford Senior Center
  • Oxford Youth Cabin
  • Oxford Area Recreation Authority
  • Vision Corp.
  • LCIF -Lions International Foundation – Melvin Jones Award – given to a deserving Lion Member. The latest recipient is Wendy Smith in 2022.
  • Two Oxford Area High School scholarships in 2022 ($1000 each).