Members of the Fulton Lions Club recently worked on clearing trees and brush recently as part of a clean-up project at Fulton’s Oswego Falls Park on S. First St., said David Dingman, Fulton Lions Club president. This is the fourth consecutive year that the club has made work at the park one of its annual projects.
“The Fulton Lions Club, working in cooperation with the City of Fulton Parks and Recreation Dept., tackled removing heavy layers of brush, trees, vines and stumps that had overgrown the western perimeter,” Dingman said. “ The overgrowth was so thick that it was encroaching on the park lawn.
“During the past three years, the Fulton Lions Club has resealed the basketball court, painted the basketball backboards and added new nets. We’ve also cleared brush from the northern perimeter chain link fence, removed stumps, filled in the lawn with topsoil, and laid down wood chips in the playground.
“This project was very fulfilling for our members and it was a pleasure to help a community park become even more inviting to children and families.”
Lions who participated in the project were: Steve Chirello and Bob Weston, project co-chairs; Charles McIntyre, Len Kellogg, Paul Tetro, Dingman, and his son, Nick.
The Fulton Lions Club is part of Lions Club International (LCI), which was founded by Melvin Jones in 1917. It is the largest service club in the world with over one million members in more than 170 countries. The Fulton club, with more than 40 members, is one of the largest and most active Lions clubs in Central New York.
Lions Clubs are committed to sight and hearing projects. Fulton Lions have joined with LCI to support Campaign Sight First II to help prevent blindness worldwide. Fulton Lions provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids. During the past year, Fulton Lions have paid for more than $8,000 in eye exams, hearing aids and eyeglasses for Fulton residents.
In addition, the Fulton club collects used eyeglasses for refurbishment and redistribution at Waby Opticians, Empire Vision Center, Wal-Mart, PathFinder Bank and The Medicine Place. The Fulton club also supports the Guiding Eyes for the Blind program that trains Seeing Eye dogs for the blind, and the Finger Lakes Lions Hearing Foundation.
Anyone interested in membership in the Fulton Lions Club, or seeking more information can visit the club’s web site at www.fultonlionsclub.org. Correspondence can be mailed to Fulton Lions Club, c/o Steve Chirello, P.O. Box 727, Fulton, NY 13069.