Members of the Fulton Lions Club recently worked on everything from filling ruts with topsoil to removing metal posts from an old backstop fence recently as part of a clean-up improvement project at Fulton’s Oswego Falls Park on S. First St., said James Sokolowski, Fulton Lions Club president. This is the third consecutive year that the club has made working 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 concrete-anchored 20-ft. high fence posts from an old chain link backstop,” Sokolowski said. “ We are grateful to Tyson McIntyre and TCM Construction who donated the use of his ‘Bobcat’ on this project. Members also worked to fill ruts in the softball field with topsoil, spread wood chip mulch in play areas, cleared brush and overgrowth on the north perimeter fence, and replaced the basketball court nets.
“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; President James Sokolowski, Charles McIntyre, Fred Aldrich, Leonard Kellogg, and Steve Young. Assisting from Fulton Parks and Recreation was Director Barry Ostrander who provided topsoil, mulch, and tools.
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 50 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 $7,000 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