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Want a chance to have fun with friends, and make new ones? Have an opportunity to make your community a better place?

Alpha Leo Clubs are for young people just like you: active, social and fun. You can develop leadership skills, serve your community and, more than anything, and have a good time. If this sounds like your kind of adventure, the next step is up to you.

Well it is snowning, raining, melting mess outside. What does that mean for Chugiak-Eagle River children? Time for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Lions Park on Easter Sunday at 1 p.m.

Here is a little history for all the adults and children out there that might like to know about the Easter Bunny. Early German writings from the 1500s mention the legend of the Easter Bunny.

Lions of Alaska received a grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation for $100,000 in February. Northrim Bank has partnered and is in support with your local Lions by providing a monetary support in the amount of $30,000 to help fund the Lions Quest program that brings specialized curriculum to teach youth about character, drug and alcohol awareness and other social issues.

The Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Cub will be holding our annual Dollars For Our Scholars fundraiser on Feb. 24 from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Eagle River Lions clubhouse.

We would like to extend an invitation to the community to attend our fundraiser and support our efforts to provide local high school graduates with scholarships.

We will be having a taste of beer and wine provided by local vendors Odom and Midnight Sun Brewery; brisket provided by Mike’s Meats; vegetarian lasagna, cole slaw, salad along with snacks and drinks at a self yourself buffet table.

Lions are celebrating our 100th Anniversary. As we do this we look back at our 100 years of service in our state. We will be celebrating our Multiple District Convention the last weekend in April — “A Centennial of Miracles.”

In 1940 Lions come to Alaska as specifically a men’s organization. It was not until 1987 that women could be full members. Here is a short list of what Lions have done:

• Purchased the first ambulance, then drove it up the ALCAN - know as Little Red.

• Spent $1 million to relocate Port Lions after the 1964 earthquake

I have recently returned from Fukuoka, Japan, where I was inducted as the Centennial District Governor for 49A. It was an amazing experience where 30,000+ Lions met for training and fellowship.

I spent almost one week in training and one week in inspirational speeches by our International President Bob Corlew and many others. His theme is “New Mountains to Climb.” Mine is “Time to Inspire — Lets Climb.”

For nearly 100 years, Lions have served their communities with dedication and contributed to the development and well-being of millions of people around the world.

The Sleeping Lady Mt. Lions Club will be holding our annual Valentine’s Dinner and Auction on Feb. 13 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. We would like to extend an invitation to the community to attend our fundraiser and support our efforts to provide local high school graduates with scholarships.

We have wonderful donations for our silent and live auction, a dessert auction and a ton of other great items!

A few days ago it was Christmas morning. For many people, excitement and smells of a holiday feast filled the air. Gifts were nestled under the tree wrapped in brightly colored paper and bows.

Children were wide-eyed in awe of what was inside the box that had their name on it. Dazzling lights and sounds of jingle bells provided a backdrop to this much anticipated moment. It was a time for family and friends to come together, exchange gifts, feast, and for many to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

When it comes to meeting challenges, our response is simple: We serve. In over 200+ countries and 1.4 million strong we serve in hospitals and senior centers, in regions battered by natural disaster, in schools and eyeglass recycling centers, Lions are doing community volunteer work, helping, leading, planning and supporting.

Because we’re local, we can serve the unique needs of the communities we live in. And because we’re global, we can address challenges that go beyond borders.

As the frosty crisp air has begun to tingle our noses, the children rush through the park filled with anticipation for a bright Christmas. The bright lights that encircle the large pine tree in Town Square are turned on indicating it is the time to be joyous in the Winter Wonderland of Chugiak-Eagle River.

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