For General Information
The Edwards Lions Club is taking donations of hospital beds, wheel chairs, walkers, and other medical need supplies. We have them on hand if someone is in need and can't afford to get something on their own. We take any donations for loaning out such equipment. We also have our field in Edwards that can be rented and a dunk tank that we loan out for a donation. We collect used eye glasses for recycling and there are drop boxes in the post offices in Edwards and Russell.
The History of the Lions Club
International was founded by Melvin Jones in 1917 and today it is the
world’s largest service organization.
This is due partly because in 1925 Helen Keller asked,
“Gentlemen, would you be my Knights of the Blind?”
She asked Lions to pick up her crusade and adopt sight
conservation as a major project of Lions International.
Little did she realize that in just 25 years, Lions were not only
emblem of the Lions has great significance.
The letter “L” stands for law, liberty, labor, loyalty, love,
and life. The letter
“L” is placed within a circle representing the unity of each
individual member with each local club, with Lions International, and
with all Lions throughout the world.
The letter “L” and the circle of unity are set against a
background of purple, signifying loyalty - loyalty to country, to
friends, to one’s self, and to the integrity of mind and heart.
Surrounding the purple circle is an exterior of gold, signifying
sincerity of purpose, liberality in judgement,
purity in life, and generosity in mind, heart and purse toward our
fellow man. Last, but by no
means least, in the exterior circle of gold, you will find the heads of
two lions. One looks back,
reflecting on our many accomplishments.
The other looks forward, indicating our constant readiness to
seize the future and make it our own.
There are no barriers in Lionism, no levels,
we are all equal as symbolized by the Lions toast, “Not Above You, Not
Beneath You, But With You.”
Town of Edwards Lions Club was chartered on March 17, 1962.
Co-Sponsors of the club were the Clifton-Fine Lions Club and the Gouverneur
Lions Club. Charter Members
of the Edwards Lions Club were Richard M. Bachner,
Ralph Boni (First Vice-President), Neil
Brown, Stanley C. Bullock (Treasurer), Gerald E. Crocka,
Arnold Dean, Ralph Dier, Alexander E. Dodds,
Leon French, William W. Hurley (Tail Twister), Carl F. Hurley, Maynard
W. Hurley (President), J. Allen Johnson, Max Lanphear,
Carl A. Lashuay, Edgar R. Lea (Secretary),
Lewis E. Lumley, Peter J. Matejcik (Lion
Tamer), Clifford J. Miles, Merrill Premo,
Lawrence Tucker (Second Vice-President) and Carl M. Randall (Third
Edwards Lions Club now has 33 members.
In 2002, the Club allowed women to join and the first three were
inducted (Crystal Whitford, Donna Whitford
and Iris Thomas). Currently
there are 9 women members.
are held at the Edwards Nutrition Center on the first and third
Wednesday of each month from September to June.
Meetings begin at 6:30 pm.
Edwards Lions Club has land located at the end of Hall Road in the
Village of Edwards. The
field can be reserved for a donation.
There is a pavilion, a covered BBQ pit, a small cook shack and
several covered booths. There
is also an old train depot. The
members have been working on the field to get a permanent bathroom built
to take the place of the portable toilets.
They are also considering a few campsites to utilize the Oswegatchie
River for such things as kayaking.
Edwards Lions Club does numerous fundraisers throughout the ten months
they meet. The annual
Birthday/Anniversary Calendar is usually ordered by mid-September for
delivery before Christmas. If
you wish to have a listing put on the calendar or
want to order a calendar, contact Crystal Whitford
at 315-562-8228 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other fundraisers are a Mother’s Day Brunch, chocolate Easter
bunny sales, fruit sales, a Demolition derby in the spring and fall each
year, and photos taken to have either colored or sepia-tone portraits
printed. The annual Lions
Festival is held in July with vendors, a chicken BBQ, a huge parade and
spectacular fireworks at dark.
The Lions Club gives monetary awards for Community Service to students at Edwards-Knox Central School and donates to those in need, such as Camp Badger, Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, St. Lawrence County ARC, and others. The Edwards Lions Club is a member of The Canine Companion for Independence, a program for seeing-eye dogs. Old eye glasses and sunglasses are collected and turned in to be recycled and distributed to those in need in other countries. If you have any old glasses, contact 315-562-8228.