The Lopez Lions celebrate 47 years of good works

In April 2022, Lopez Island Lions Club members will celebrate the 47th anniversary of the club’s charter with a return to local gatherings and familiar events.

For the first time in two years, the Lions will once again sponsor the Lopez Island Independence Day Parade, host the Fun Run/Walk, schedule five blood drives, sponsor two food drives and invite the ship International Christmas on the island of Lopez.

During the pandemic, Lions continued to collect and process eyeglasses, sponsored a Santa drive-through opportunity in Lopez’s Village, sold our birthday calendars, and continued to work with the Lopez Thrift Shop .

Lions also look forward to continuing to work with many other non-profit organizations that help local people throughout the year. In an example of two nonprofits and local people working together, Lopez Lions donated funds to the San Juan County Economic Development Board to conduct trades training on Lopez Island.

EDC provided free construction basics training at Lopez Island High School in 2019 and 2021. “The Lions helped fund the Lopez Island Woodworking Classroom,” said the coordinator of the Mickey von Dassow program, “The Jones Family Farm of Lopez Island provided the lumber, Sunset Builders provided the fasteners, Lopez School provided the space, and school nurse Karen Hatman provided pre-class COVID testing.

Lopez Lions projects over the past 47 years include sponsoring a fried fish at Hummel Lake, selling light bulbs, selling tickets for groceries at Lopez’s Old Village Market, preparing food at the Lion Pancake Brunch at the Lopez school and sponsorship of a diabetes awareness campaign.

Recently, the Lopez Lions provided non-profit beneficiaries with a refrigerator, paid for smoke alarms, paid for street signs, painted a fence and cleaned grounds during the United Way’s “Day of Caring”.

Additional Lions assistance included repairing stairs at Blackie Brady Park on the south end, providing breathing apparatus for the Lopez Fire Department, providing funds for the Hummel Lake emergency phone , Contribution to Children’s Summer Workshops, Lopez School International Studies (Instep), Woodman Hall Senior Center, Children’s Summer Meal Program, Lopez Animal Protection Society, Lopez Community Fireworks, LOHO & Hamlet Cottages, Farm Fresh, Youth Sailing Opportunities, Education Elder Caregiving Training, Community Shakespeare Camp, a Lopez Elementary School Americorp Reading Tutor, Walking Sticks and Medical Alert.

Charles P. Patton