By Marjorie Woodfin
Pilot staff writer
When Lions Club members Wes King and Carlo Pelaccio delivered a truckload of food donated by the Brookings Presbyterian Church to the Brookings Food Share food bank last month, they were driving a pickup truck with a Lions Club logo emblazoned on it.
When asked about the logo, King explained that he and Pelaccio were proud members of the Lions Club and the logo on his buddy's truck was to let people know it.
King also proudly admitted that he is the current president of the club and he wants people to know more about the club and all of the services the members provide for others.
He challenged, andquot;You should write an article to let people know, and you could headline it 'Meet the Lions Club.'andquot;
So, here it is.
Brookings Harbor Lions Club, approximately 45 members strong, meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month to discuss current services being rendered and suggestions for additional ways to help others.
King, who has been a member for three years, said he joined the club because he wanted to help others. Pelaccio said he also belongs to the club because of the services they provide to others, especially to children.
Joe Donohue, a past president of the club, has been a member of a Lions Club for about 18 years, the last five in Brookings. His reason for joining was similar. andquot;I belong because it's a good thing to be part of doing a lot of good things for eyes and kids.andquot;
Doing a lot of good things for eyes and kids includes arranging for eye examinations for those in need, including children. King explained that Precision Eyecare provides the examinations and Lions Club pays for the glasses.
andquot;And our volunteers have recycled 700 sets of glasses to be refurbished and sent to third world countries,andquot; King said.
The organization partners in a program to provide computers to visually handicapped children, for which members donated $1,600 and, this year, members have donated $500 for mobile health vision screening at all three Brookings public schools and the Upper Chetco Charter School. In cooperation with Beaulieu Center, the club also provides hearing tests for older children.
andquot;We donated $750 to KASPER (Kids After School Program of Education and Recreation) and we sponsor the Brookings-Harbor High School Booster Club,andquot; King added.
John Schock, another past president of the organization, said he has been a member of a Lions Club for 25 years, the last six in Brookings. He mentioned the club's support for the Brookings-Harbor High School robotics program and entry fees for robotics competition programs. andquot;We support anything that has to do with kids in the schools, including the Charter School.andquot; That support included spending $4,387 for students' school clothing needs this year.
The club also supports the programs of other service groups in Curry County, including a donation of 15 tarps to the Curry County Homeless Coalition to be distributed to those without shelter in Brookings-Harbor.
In cooperation with the fundraising activities of Curry County Habitat for Humanity, the Lions Club donated $165 to sponsor a Habitat Hammers player in the Habitat for Humanity fundraising basketball game with the visiting Harlem Ambassadors this month.