Clermont-Minneola Lions can be found at the Clermont Farmer’s Market on the first Sunday of the month, as the Downtown Partnership offers free space to charities on those dates. Pictured at their venue, rear, L-R, Gini Dunning of Lynchburg, VA, and her cousin, Pam McConnell of Clermont. Grandchildren, front – right, Brogan Rau, 5, Kyle McConnell, 7 holding the sign, and Seamus, 7 holding a straw broom. Both boys found free recycled sunglasses to their liking on the table.
The Lions take all kinds of used eyeglasses, however, sunglasses are recycled locally. All others are distributed around the world, finding their way via State prisoners recording prescription correcting lenses sent to thousands of people with no other way to get corrective eyeglasses.
The brooms are a source of fund raising that supports the blind that make them as well as supporting the Club’s local efforts to help people with vision problems. Lions point out that straw brooms are mandated in commercial kitchens as they absorb pathogens that synthetics do not. They are great for homeowners in keeping solvents off the garage floor as well as pathogens off the kitchen floor. Two sizes are offered. The one shown is the smaller, standard size offered for $13.00. The larger broom, $17.00, is steel banded and has a stronger pole handle.
The Club meets at 6:00 pm on the second Thursday of the month at St. Mathias Episcopal Church Social Hall, 574 Montrose Street, downtown Clermont. The Club always welcomes volunteers to check them out. This month, the Club celebrates its 50th year in Clermont.
For information call Club President, Horace Harper at 352 708-5516.