The Hilton Head Island Noon Lions Club is celebrating 30 years of service to the Hilton Head and Bluffton community – and seeking new members.
Chartered in 1988, the club has since been involved in service projects that include vision and hearing screening at local schools, diabetes awareness, used eyeglass collection, optometric services at Volunteers In Medicine (VIM) in Bluffton and Ridgeland, support of campers to Camp Leo, International Peace Poster Contest, Youth Outreach and Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Fundraising activities in support of these service projects include the annual Headliners concert and dance, Camp Leo Golf Tournament and the RBC Heritage golf tournament concession booth just off the 13th green.
Hilton Head Island Noon Lions Club is one of more than 46,000 clubs under the auspices of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service organization. Around the world there are nearly 1.5 million Lions in more than 210 countries. The Lions motto is “We Serve.”
The Club is currently reaching out to the community for new members. A membership drive is ongoing and an open house informational meeting is scheduled for April. Interested persons are asked to call Mark Suckow at 715-904-1150 for more information. Prospective members might be interested in working to improve their community, giving back and enriching their lives.
One great example of service is Hilton Head resident and 10-year Lions member, Chris Limanni, who has been involved as a volunteer puppy raiser since 2000. Chris first heard about the program from her sister. After attending a Lions Club meeting that had a speaker from a guide dog school who explained the need for puppy raisers and the journey to becoming full-fledged guide dogs, Limanni found her calling. Since then, she and her husband Tom have raised 12 dogs who have entered the program. Her current “dog in training,” is named Snoopy. Chris and Tom are proud of their puppies and are pleased to be involved in that first important step in the process of service dog development.
Chris Limanni works daily with her dog in its early life to develop socialization skills, patience and a broad array of life experiences so there are no surprises when it graduates and goes to work.
The dog is exposed to many circumstances and environments in an effort to build a strong foundation so that when Limanni returns the dog for formal training, the new trainer will be able to continue the process with a mature and well-prepared dog.
Limanni is affiliated with Southeastern Guide Dogs of Palmetto, Fla. Successful puppies in their program ultimately become service or guide dogs for veterans with disabilities, emotional support dogs, facility therapy dogs or Gold Star family dogs.
For more information, visit the club’s website at e-clubhouse.org/sites/hilton hinoon or look them up on Facebook.