The Laurel Community Lions Club is excited to announce the establishment of our first “We Serve Scholarship” for this year’s Laurel County graduating seniors. This scholarship will provide $250 to seniors at both North Laurel High School and South Laurel High School who have demonstrated a true desire to serve others and who have maintained a noteworthy academic history.
The competing students are asked to submit an application along with an essay of 500 words or less describing “How I Plan to Use My Abilities to Serve Others.” Applications are available from senior guidance counselors Ms. Rachel Gaynor at North Laurel and from Ms. Janie Mynk at South Laurel High School.
Each student recipient of the Laurel Community Lions Club “We Serve Scholarship” will receive the prize money during their respective high school’s Senior Awards Ceremony.
Lions Clubs International was founded in 1917 and is the world’s largest service club with more than 46,000 clubs and 1.3 million members worldwide in 207 countries and geographic areas. Our motto is “We Serve” and we are committed to fighting blindness by providing eyeglasses, vision screenings, equipping hospitals, clinics, and by the worldwide eradication of measles. Measles along with diabetes are serious causes of blindness.
Lions Club International has recently partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to further the mission of measles eradication and sight conservation with great success. Dr. Oz became a Lions Club member after he was asked to speak at a Lions convention in California and he realized the magnitude of Lions medical and community service projects worldwide.
Lions Clubs International Foundation has awarded more than $700 million in humanitarian grants to help communities with natural disasters by providing immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies.
Lions planted over 13 million trees last year worldwide to help the environment. And local Lions daily perform countless service and fundraising projects within their own communities in addition to their ongoing sight conservation projects and develop the youth Leo and Quest Clubs.
Laurel Community Lions Club meets every second and fourth Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the meeting/dining room at the St. Joseph-London Cafeteria on the Lower Level. If you are interested in becoming a Lions Club member, stop in and find out how you can have a great time while serving others or call 606-545-0897 or 606-309-5853 for more information, or visit www.lionsclubs.org.
Doris Callebs, President
Laurel Community Lions Club