Nonprofit View: Lions International working on five global concerns

Nonprofit View: Lions International working on five global concerns

Local Lions Clubs, 16 in Carroll County, are taking part in Lions Club International’s plans to improve our world in five key areas: diabetes, vision, hunger, the environment and childhood cancer. The Lions strategic objectives are:

  • To reduce the prevalence of diabetes and improve quality of life for those diagnosed.
  • To prevent avoidable blindness and improve quality of life for people who are blind and visually impaired.
  • To ensure all community members have access to nutritious foods.
  • To sustainably protect and restore our environment to improve the well-being of all communities.
  • To help those affected by childhood cancer survive and thrive.

Diabetes, expected to affect 629 million adults by 2045, is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower limb amputation. As Lions, we see and feel the effects of diabetes in our communities and we are doing something about it together. Locally, the Taylorsville-Winfield Lions Club is holding a dance to raise funds for diabetes awareness and camperships for children with diabetes at Lions Camp Merrick. The dance will be held on May 4 at the Winfield Fire Hall. Music will be provided by the Ashtin Galt Showtime Band. Tickets are $20 per person and are available from Lion Tom Harney, 410-875-9445 or 443-250-4442.


Ever since Helen Keller inspired us to champion the cause in 1925, Lions have served and advocated for the blind and visually impaired. Nearly a century later, this long-standing mission continues. Six Carroll County Lions Clubs — Deer Park, Freedom District, Greater Carroll, Roaring Run, South Carroll and Taylorsville-Winfield — are sponsoring a golf tournament to raise funds for the Lions Vision Research Foundation (LVRF) at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins. The tournament, which is also raising funds for the American Diabetes Association, is being held at the Oakmont Green Golf Course on May 24, and begins at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $85 per golfer. Sponsors and golfers can contact Lion Ron Kafchinski at 443-536-1521.

Lions see how the global hunger and nutrition crisis bears upon our local communities and believe true community improvement depends on the thriving of its members. The members of the Deer Park Lions Club volunteer weekly at Carroll County Food Sunday food pantry. The South Carroll Lioness-Lions Club collects 12 food items from each of its 40 members at meetings throughout the year. Their food donations are provided to the Wesley Freedom Food Pantry. These Lions also prepare 80 lunches three times a year for clients of ESCAPE Ministries. Members of the Silver Run-Union Mills Lions work with their church to feed the poor.

Lions serve to protect and restore our environment to improve the well-being of all communities. The Earth sustains human life, and we’re committed to caring for it. Members of the Harney Lions Club collect Christmas trees which are used to build a wildlife habitat. The Terra Rubra Lions Club recycles bottles and cans collected at their activities building. South Carroll Lioness Lions hold fall and spring household shred events. The next shred event is Saturday, May 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Carroll Community Bank in Eldersburg. They will also be collecting used books during this event for the Maryland Book Bank. The Union Bridge Lions Club supports the Pike Creek Friends project to teach about the protection of butterflies and bees for pollination.

The next generation’s ability to thrive is closely tied to the supports of the local community. Lions have seen and felt the effects of cancer on children and their families and continue to bring hope through tangible service and support. Roaring Run Lions have collected and delivered small stuffed animals to the pediatric cancer patients at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Freedom District Lions have collected toys, games and stuffed animals and books for the pediatric cancer patients at the Pediatric Outpatient Clinic at Sinai Hospital and they donated books on childhood cancer to six elementary schools in the southeast corner of Carroll County.

Lions assist the community in these and many other ways. New members are always welcome. For information email

Susan Bonura is the Immediate Past District Governor of Lions Clubs District 22-W and a member of the South Carroll Lioness Lions Club.