Thursday, August 4, 2011

Local Lions Club helps those in need in a big way

The Mason Neck Lions Club recently participated in the 12th annual Remote Area Medical/Lions Assisted Medical Projects Mission at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Wise, Virginia. Stan Brock founded the mission, and this year was joined by over 1400 volunteers to help provide medical services to this impoverished area of Virginia. This year, over 2400 hundred patients were seen and more than 7000 procedures undergone, the most prevalent being dental procedures. The estimated value of services provided was 1.4 million dollars.

The Mason Neck Lions didn't stop there. They also established a backpack and school supplies collection to ensure that children in need in that area will have the supplies they need to make the most of the coming school year. This program was established by Mason Neck Lion Liz Carroll a number of years ago for this area, and through much hard work and many volunteers was able to provide over 500 backpacks fully loaded with supplies.

The Mason Neck Lions Club meets bimonthly on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 6:30 at the Polo Grill in Gunston Plaza. In additions to the programs mentioned above, the Lions also support the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) as well as the greater Lorton Area with various fund raisers. For more information on getting involved, contact Tom Nally at or Dick Kennedy at

Lions Club International is is the world's largest service club with more than 1.3 million members in over 200 countries. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the visualy impaired as well as maintaining a strong commitment to community growth and youth services. For more information on the Lions Club, visit their website at

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