Dedication and excellent service to the residents of Stow and Munroe Falls needs to be recognized, especially during these most difficult times. The Stow Munroe Falls Lions Club recognized the Police and Fire personnel for their service by providing goodies/snacks to each location. WE APPRECIATE ALL OF THEM!
Since its start in 2015, Stow-Munroe Falls Lions Club has been involved in a community-sponsored program benefiting children of the School District. Bulldog Bags is a weekend food program for children receiving free or reduced lunches. The school system estimated that over 600 children in the school system do not have food available to them on weekends. We want students to show up Monday morning hungry for learning, not hungry for food. All bags are delivered to the schools the same day as packing and are anonymous to everyone except the teachers distributing the bags to the appropriate children. Originally starting with just the elementary schools it has now expanded to include the middle schools and a cupboard at the high school. The food bags contain an average of ten items per bag plus personal care items.
The summer of 2012 the Stow-Munroe Falls Lions Club formed a team to screen preschool children. Since that date we have screened over 16,500 children. In 2019 we screened 4,727 of which 1,360 were referred for further examination.
Three screenings are done per child, the first is observation, having them look at flash cards and telling what is on the card, while the screener watches for eye movement, head tilts, red eyes, watery eyes and other movements. The second is screening for lazy eye using two tiles, one blank and the other with a smiley face on it. The child can only see the smiley face if there wearing special glasses that we put on them. The last screening is Welsh-Allen Sure Sight machine that reads both eyes from about 14 inches away from the child. Once we have this reading we will print out a hard copy to be attached to the child form. If a child fails any one of these screening they are referred to the school nurse to be rescreened by the nurse. If a child fails that screening a letter is sent to the parents stating that the child should see an eye doctor.
The Stow-Munroe Falls Team has 13 members that were trained by Prevent Blindness Ohio and certified to do eye screenings.
The Lions have supported the Down's Syndrome Associations annual Christmas Party for the past 10 years. We provide financial support as well a helping with the children during the party.
The first Stolion Award was presented to student Robert Platt in 1958 The students receiving these awards will have demonstrated these qualities:
1. Accepts responsibility, does work promptly and efficiently, trustworthy.
2. Respects authority, knows the rules, abides by the rules. 3. Respected by others, good personality, honest, fair.4. Does more than required, dependable.
5. Has shown unusual improvement in any one or more of the above qualities. The first awards were presented in June, 1958 and 31 students received them. It is not noted but sometime after the award was established it was expanded to cover students from K thru 12.
In 2018 more than 600 awards were presented.
The Stow Munroe Falls Lions made a significant contribution to Safety Town and due to the contribution the Lions were awarded naming rights to the streets within the Safty Town complex.
The playground at Highland Elementary School deteriorated to the point where it was unsafe for the children. The Lions paid for a new playground and the children can now play in a safe environment.
The Lions donate five, $1000.00 scholarships to deserving graduating seniors from the Stow Munroe Falls High School. We receive in excess of 40 applications each year and the students are chosen by a committee based on grades, personality, activities and personal need.
The Safety Bucket project was first implemented in 2013 and we distributed over 400 safety buckets. The Lions Club purchased and/or collected items from companies to place in the buckets. The necessary items placed in the buckets were based on input from the Police and Fire Departments, and included bottles of water, ace bandages, bug spray, paper towels, a fleece blanket, toilet paper, trash bag, duct tape and a hammer(to break a window if necessary). Each classroom, in every school in the Stow Munroe Falls District received a bucket. The items in the bucket are for the immediate use in the case of an emergency until the safety responders arrive. In November of this year each school was contacted to see if some buckets needed to be replaced and or updated. As the photo shows the Lions put together another 50 buckets and distributed them to the appropriate school.
The Stow Historical Society this past summer was looking for groups or organizations in Stow to “Adopt” one of the historical buildings to assist with its upkeep due to their inability to raise funds for help. We chose the schoolhouse that was a recent addition to the historical setting in the past five years. Several members of the Stow Munroe Falls Lions Club spent several afternoons and evenings weeding and cleaning up the grounds surrounding the schoolhouse.
The Stow Historical Society preserves the history of Stow, Ohio, through historic home tours, educational programs and the annual Harvest Festival. One of the longest-running organizations in Stow, Ohio, the Stow Historical Society was founded by a group of people interested in preserving the history and artifacts of Stow Township. The first meeting of Stow Historical Society was held January 30th, 1950 with 30 charter members. The objective of the society was “to gather and record all historical data pertaining to the development of Stow Township.
The Lions support Pilot Dogs, Inc located in Columbus. The Stow Munroe Falls Lions have purchased 31 pilot dogs over the years. This past year the cost of one dog exceeds $10,000. Pilot Dogs, Inc. was established in 1950 to train and furnish Pilot Dogs to guide the blind. Since its first class of four students, the program has grown to serve more than 150 individuals each year. We provide the finest dog guides to the qualified sightless. Pilot Dogs are trained to offer greater mobility and independence. .
The Stow Munroe Falls Lions have co-sponsor the Stow Blood Drive for xxx years. The Drive is located at the Holy Family Church on Kent Rd. in the lower hall from 1:00 to 7:30 PM. The next drive is January 5, 2021. To donate call 1-800-733-2767 or go to RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code STOWLIONS.to make an appointment. If you just show up without an appointment we will try our best to squeeze you in but please understand that may not be possible. All volunteers must wear facemasks and gloves.
If you donate, your blood will be checked for the Coronavirus antibodies