The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to honor the Charleroi Lions Club in the Member Spotlight for January. The Lions Club have been a member of the Chamber for 50 years.
The Lions Club of Charleroi was chartered in May 13, 1941 by the International Association of Lions Clubs. It is one of fifty Lions Clubs in Pennsylvania Lions District 14-M which encompasses Fayette, Greene, Somerset and Washington Counties.
Internationally there are 45,696 Lions Clubs located in 205 countries and geographical areas, with a membership of 1,350,000 members. Charleroi Lions Club has been the home club of three district governors.
Twenty four members of the club have been named Melvin Jones Fellows, designated as Lions Clubs International Foundation’s highest honor. The fellowship is named as a tribute to the found of the Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones. The fellowship symbolizes those attributes characteristic of individuals who are dedicated to humanitarian service such as generosity, compassion and concern for others.
The Charleroi club’s fundraising activities include and annual White Cane Day, all proceeds are designated for helping blind and visually impaired individuals. Other fundraising projects included selling Koeze nuts during the holiday season and selling brooms and trash bags on the first Saturday of each month at the corner of Sixth Street and McKean Avenue near the post office.
The club supports the youth of the community with the hope that someday those young people in Charleroi will continue to help those less fortunate than themselves. A Lions Leo Club is sponsored at the high school for boys and girls.
Among the activities driven by the Charleroi Lions include: the Christmas program held each year at the Charleroi Elementary School where entertainment and gifts are provided for the first graders. A drug awareness poster contest is held for elementary school children grades 4, 5 and 6 where local winning posters are sent on to district and state competition. A peace poster contest is held for students age 11, 12 and 13, also qualifying winning posters to participate at district, state and international levels. Each month a senior boy is chosen from applications received and honored as “Cub of the Month”. Two scholarships are presented each year to students chosen from applications received by a scholarship committee.