UP Lions Clubs contribute to Houghton disaster relief

Numerous Lions Clubs from the Upper Peninsula volunteered their time with the unloading of supply for the disaster relief effort in Houghton. From left, are First Vice District Governor Bruce LaBelle; Barb Worrall, Chassell Lions; Barb Vichich, Calumet Lions; Steve Palosaari, Chassell Lions; Brian Adams, Bark River Lions; Karen LaBonte, Calumet Lions; Vern Axford, Lake Linden Lions; Mike LaCourt, Bernie Carr, Deb Stefanich and grandson (shown in front), and Ron Mauno, all from Houghton Lions; Past DIstrict Governor Pat Klarich, Calumet Lions; and Bill Binroth, Chassell Lions.

IRON MOUNTAIN — Several local Lions Clubs met recently at the Dee Stadium in Houghton to welcome the arrival of donations for the disaster relief effort.

First Vice District Governor Bruce LaBelle, along with District Cabinet Treasurer Scott Kwarciany and other members of the Bark River Lions Club delivered a large amount of supplies that were much needed for the clean up after the disastrous flooding that took place over Father’s Day weekend.

The needed supplies were purchased with monies received from a $10,000 Grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation. This grant money is made available to the Lions Clubs for humanitarian efforts around the world. Donations from 1.4-plus million Lions in 210 countries and geographic areas provide the vast majority of the revenue received by LCIF, making the Foundation a leading humanitarian organization.

Lions know their donations matter and that funds entrusted to LCIF will support initiatives that impact communities and change lives.

Since its inception in 1968, the Foundation has given out more than $1 billion of aid with more than 13,000 Foundation grants.

Numerous Lions Clubs from the Upper Peninsula were on site to help with the unloading.

The Lions of the State of Michigan continue to raise money for the cleanup and relief efforts.

If you would like to assist with the cleanup effort or would want to know more about the Lions organization contact the Iron Mountain President Scott McClure at 906-282-8727 or visit www.distirct10lions.org for additional information.