On May 17, 2020, the local Jackson Lioness Club chose to celebrate the club’s 100th Anniversary with a day of service.

This date was scheduled to be a day of celebration at the Lions Statewide Convention. Like all other large celebrations, this gathering was canceled -- but that did not stop the local Lioness Club. With the motto, “We Serve,” Lions throughout the state have continued doing whatever they can for their communities.

The local Lioness Club has four members who serve on the local food pantry board, the Food Program and Clothesline, of Jackson. Nancy Baisden is the Executive Manager, Linda Shewalter is the President, Robin Reed is the Vice-President, and Sharon Fenik is a board member as well.

 With Nancy Baisden being the Executive Manager of the Food Program and Clothesline, she welcomed seven other Lioness Club members as important volunteers: Eva Aldrich, Hester Cosby, Sharon Fenik, Jennifer Hughes, Helen Lykins, Robin Reed, and Linda Shewalter.

The local Lioness Club gave a generous monetary donation to the Food Program as another part of the volunteerism for the local community. (Shown in the accompanying photo, presenting the donation to Nancy Baisden is Lioness Club member Janet Kearns.)

Lions and Lioness Clubs throughout the state have continued doing whatever they can for their communities. They have donated money to food banks and relief agencies; assisted the Red Cross in setting up and manning blood banks; helped distribute food individually as well as through Food Banks and Lend-A-Hand; conducted wellness checks for assistance such as grocery delivery; and even helped to prevent the feeling of isolation through organized phone trees and letter writing.

So, on May 17, 2020, from Ashtabula to Zanesville, and from Archbold, Clyde, Dover, East Liverpool, Fletcher, and Goshen, the more than 400 clubs with over 11,000 members have chosen once again to serve their communities. Rather than focus on one activity, clubs will be community-specific.

“Each of our lives has changed drastically in the past few months,” said Rhea Shupe, local Lioness Club president. “We had the opportunity to focus on what our community needs now and how we, as Lions, can impact that. That’s why the Jackson Lioness Club is choosing to donate $500 to the Food Program and Clothesline of Jackson.”

She added, “One hundred years ago a group of business people asked a simple question, ‘What if people put their talents to work improving their communities?’  This Centennial Year, Ohio Lions Clubs provided disaster relief for individuals suffering from fire, storm, and tornado damage; provided preventive eye screening for thousands of children; created and supported children’s lunch/weekend backpack food to disadvantaged Ohioans; worked with and for food banks and pantries; built and improved local parks and recreation areas, and much more. For more information about Ohio Lions Clubs, please visit http://www.ohiolions.org.”

Submitted by Nancy Baisden