Local people with a concern for helping others
are the people who join the Lions Club.

2017-18 Club President Henry Lobl  (716) 773-3530
Corresponding Secretary Kelly McGarvey (716) 491-8510

Mission: "We Serve" is the Lions' Motto. The mission of the Grand Island Lions Club is to help those in need in our community with special emphasis on the vision and hearing impaired, and children with disabilities. Major fundraisers include a spaghetti dinner in the spring and a "White Cane" drive in August. Our major event is the "Special Kids Picnic" in July when around one thousand special needs children from the Erie-Niagara area are treated to a picnic that includes a lunch along with boat rides, pony rides, and other entertainment. We also perform MTI Photo-screening of children's eyes (for early detection of eye disease) coordinated through the local school systems. In addition we collect eyeglasses and hearing aids for the disadvantaged and have a "loan closet" for distribution of walkers, wheelchairs and other durable goods. Our club is also active in a number of  drives both locally and internationally to help the vision impaired. Our Club also recognizes the importance of youth in our community.  We participate annually in a Peace Poster Contest, which encourages our middle-school age children to creatively express their concept of world peaceWe award scholarships to high school graduates, based on their community involvement, scholastic achievements and other criteria.

On July 20th 2016 the Grand Island Lions Club held their 58th annual "Special Kids Picnic" on the grounds of the Buffalo Launch Club. More than one thousand children with special needs and their caregivers were treated to a day of fun that included pony rides, boat rides, Shriner Mini Kar rides, face painting and entertainment by Step in Time Baton Dancers. The Grand Island Fire Company had two vehicles on display. Sabretooth from the Buffalo Sabres, the Grand Island Lions Mascot, magicians and Pringles the Clown, milled through the crowd and engaged the children. Lunch included hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and popcorn.  Lion Annette Boies-Lobl, picnic chairman, gave credit to the volunteers who helped our club carry this out. Volunteers included Lions from other clubs in the district and our sister Club of Merritton Ontario, Canada as well as members of the Knights of Columbus, the High School Football Team, Kenmore Boy Scout Troop 104 and the Schnettler Face Painters. Special thanks goes to the Brandel Murphy Youth Foundation for the grant of $2000, to the Buffalo Launch Club for donating their facilities, to the boat captains and Collins Marine who donated their boats and time including the Excalibur Boat and to Tops Markets, Tim Horton’s and Dunkin Donuts for their donations.  

The Grand Island Lions held their 60th annual Installation of Officers and Awards Banquet on Wednesday June 8th at the Radisson Inn on Grand Island. Past District Governor Jim Muscoreil Installed our Officers and Directors, presented awards and inducted new member Tom DiJohn who is the new CEO of Elderwood Nursing Home on Grand Island. New Officers and Directors of the Grand Island Lions Club:  Pictured left to right are Brooks Rimes Director, Tom Witkowski Treasurer, Donna Lavallee Recording Secretary, Anne Fahning and Paul Krupa Directors, Dick Crawford President, Fred Ruocco Lion Tamer/Tail Twister, Henry Lobl 1st Vice President, Bob Goulding Director, Shelia Ferrentino 2nd Vice President, Past District Governor Jim Muscoreil, and Immediate Past President Tom Rusert. Not shown is Corresponding Secretary Kelly McGarvey.

Helping the Neighbors Foundation


Lions with gifts for the Neighbors Foundation. Lt-rt Lions Al Ackerman, DG Clancey Burkwit, Donna Lavallee, Tom Witkowski, Bill Wind, Brooks Rimes, Shelia Ferrentino, Tom Rusert, Dave Chervinsky, Dick Planavsky, Ed Payan, John McCartney, and Mike Steinagel. Obstructed and holding the banner is Fred Ruocco.


Miracle League 
 Lions donate $75,000 for  Miracle League!
The Grand Island Lions Club has been working with Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York for the last six months helping with fundraising,  submitting grants and getting other Lions Clubs involved with Miracle League. We now report our grant application to Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/lci-foundation/index.php has been fully funded.  Because the $75,000 requires matching funds, the Grand Island Lions Club has been working together with Miracle League with various fundraisers.  In addition, Other Lions Clubs in the District are participating. The Lancaster Lions have co-sponsored the grant application while the Amherst Lions donated $1000 from a recent pancake breakfast fundraiser. Lions District 20N, of which the Grand Island Lions is a member, also donated $1000. Our Grand Island Club also has three smaller grants that will be submitted to help Miracle League.  Lions Club District 20N Governor Gary Carini presents a check for $75,000 to Teresa Hooper, President of Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York. Also present 2nd from left Grand Island Lions President Dave Chervinsky, 2nd Vice President Tom Witkowski and Grand Island Lions and Miracle League member Mike Steinagel.

Grand Island, New York is one of the world's most unique locations. To those who live here, it is much more. It shares the natural brilliance of neighboring Niagara Falls, as well as the vibrancy and vitality of nearby Buffalo. Grand Island is located on the Niagara River, an international border between the United States and Canada. While serving the Community of Grand Island and Western New York, Our Club interacts and shares in activities of our "Sister Club" the Merritton Lions Club of St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada. To visit our "Sister Club" go to: Merritton Lions Club

To see an enlarged view of the above photo click here
Photo courtesy of Paul McCarthy and the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce
Taken by Mark Dettmer - Angel Arts Publications
Available as postcard, Chamber Office (5/$1.00)

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