Since its founding, Lions have been committed to
providing assistance to those individuals with sight impairments. The Ovid-Willard Lions
Club provides free vision examinations and glasses to anyone who can show financial need.
Our Sight First Chairman works closely with School Nurses in the local School Districts to
insure that students who need glasses get glasses. In addition, the Club provides
transportation when necessary for individuals in need to obtain examinations or low vision
testing. We believe everyone has the right to see a brighter future.
Emergency Response Devices
The Ovid-Willard Lions Club works with the
Seneca County Office of the Agency to provide Emergency Response Devices to person with
severe medical conditions which may require immediate medical response. These necklace
type devices contain a button which when pressed sends an electronic signal to the
Sheriff's Dispatcher for emergency reponse to that individual's residence.
Seneca Christmas Project
This project provides food, clothing, and gifts
during Christmas to approximately 200 families in Seneca County. The Ovid-Willard Lions
Club is the #1 supporter of this project; donating over $2,000 annually to help those in
need during the holiday season.
Each year the Club sponsors a free St. Patrick's
Day Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner for area Seniors. We like to recognize the importance of
the contribution of Seniors to our community. This is just a small way of saying thank you
for good deeds past and present.
Annually, the Ovid-Willard Lions Club donates
more than $10,000 to community relief, support, and recognition.
Each year around the 2nd Friday in June, the
Ovid-Willard Lions Club holds its Annual Auction. Local residents donate their no longer
needed treasures to the Club. The Auction is a fun event for the entire community and is
one of the Club's major fund raisers. Food and beverage are available.
Empire Farm Days
Each year in the month of August, the largest
farm equipment (and more) show in the Northeast is held on Lott's Farm on Route 414 in
Seneca Falls, NY. The hot August weather is a perfect venue for selling ice cream. Club
members scoop, scoop, scoop for the thousands of attendees. The work is hot, cold, and
delicious. See you there.
Wine Country International Dog Show
In 1998, the Ovid-Willard Lions Club was asked
by the sponsors of the Wine Country International Dog Show to take over the parking
monitoring and security. The Club offered assistance and help to show attendees and
participants. Valet Parking by the Club was a fisrt time offering. The Club did such a
good job that the sponsors offered other jobs to them during the event. They were so
impressed with the Club Member's participation and professionalism, that they asked them
to come back in 1999 and expanded the Club's responsibilities. "Just when we thought
we were going to the dogs . . . we were!"
Other Fund Raisers
Strawberry Festival - Village of Ovid, mid-June.
4 Town Invitational Wrestling Tournament - So.
Seneca High, March.