Local Lion’s Club seeking members

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SOUTH PARIS — The Norway/Paris Lion’s Club is actively seeking new members. The club generally meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month and has been meeting at the South Paris Methodist Church for more than 25 years.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization. Founded in 1917, the club is best known for fighting blindness.

The local club was founded and charted in 1946 and recharted in 1951 and has served the towns of Norway, Paris, West Paris, Hebron and Oxford for more than 58 years. While supporting State, National, and International Lion’s projects when they are able to, financially and with manpower, the bulk of the chapter’s focus involves periodic fundraising activities to support their main local mission of paying for and/or significantly subsidizing the cost of eye exams and the purchase of eyeglasses for needy persons in the region who cannot afford them.

The group annually spends approximately $4,000 to $6,000 on eyeglasses and eye exams.

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The Norway/Paris Lion’s Club also sponsors, supports or participates in many community events and activities including: Project Graduation, scholarships for graduating Oxford Hills Comprhensive High School seniors, Peace Poster and Speak Out contests in the local school system, regular “Nite Life” dances for the Oxford County Nite Life Organization (affiliated with The Progress Center), periodic awareness events to draw attention to preventable blindness and occasional joint projects with the other area service clubs.

Those interested in joining the Norway/Paris Lions Club may contact Jeff Sutton at 743-1088 or Patty Cornell at 539-2545 for membership information.

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