Members of the Fulton Lions Club recently worked on everything from clearing trees and brush to removing the chain link mesh from a backstop recently as part of a clean-up project at Fultonâ€™s Oswego Falls Park on S. First St., said David Guyer, Fulton Lions Club president. This is the second consecutive year that the club has made work at the park one of its annual projects.
â€œThe 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 parkâ€™s north end fence and riverside perimeter,â€ Guyer said. â€œ We are grateful to Tyson McIntyre and TCM Construction who donated the use of their â€˜Bobcatâ€™ on this project. Members alsoÂ worked to remove an old and worn chain mesh backstop that Fulton City Parks and Recreation will replace.â€
â€œThis project was very fulfilling for our members and it was a pleasure toÂ help a community park become even more inviting to children and families.â€
Lions who participated in the project were: Steve Chirello and Bob Weston, project co-chairs; Charles McIntyre, Brett Tallents, Fred Aldrich, Len Kellogg, David Dingman, and G. Ray Bodley High School senior Dakota McGraw, son of Lion John McGraw. Assisting from Fulton Parks and Recreation were Director Barry Ostrander, Jerry Schremph, Don Merritt and Ronica Sivers.
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 $8,000 in eye exams, hearing aids and eyeglassesÂ 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 EyesÂ 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 clubâ€™s web site at Â www.fultonlionsclub.org. Correspondence can be mailed to Fulton Lions Club, c/o Steve Chirello, P.O. Box 727, Fulton, NY 13069.