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Ava Lions Club Hosts CofC Luncheon Tuesday

Ava Lions Club hosted the October luncheon meeting of the Ava Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.
Lion Jim Norman gave an overview of Lions International and the Ava Lions Club.
Ava High School Academic Students of the Month were introducted by Principal Teresa Nash. Ava Victory Academy attended the monthly meeting but their Student of the Month was ill and will be introduced next month.
Ava’s Students of the Month are Matthew Freeman and Emily Armour.
Matthew is the son of Mike and Wendee Freeman. His student involvement includes Student Council, Fellowship of Chrisitian Athletes, Pep Club, band, jazz band, choir, Link Crew, Future Business Leaders of America, golf, and Radio Waves in the Hallways (character education program for morning announcements).
He has participated in community service projects, such as building the playground behind the MOCH Wellness Center and Heart of the Hills Food Harvest.
After graduating from high school, Matt plans on pursuing a degree in history education.
Matt was chosen as one of the Academic Students of the Month by his teachers because he is an excellent student who is always giving 110 percent.
Emily is the daughter of Dwight and Connie Armour. She participates in band, National Honor Society, Anchor Club, and jazz band.
She has participated in community service projects, such as Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry and Lions Club concessions. And, she participated in the Missouri Lions All-State Band in summer 2013.
After graduating from high school, Emily plans on attending a 4-year university, potentially Southwest Baptist University, and majoring in special education.
Emily was chosen as one of the Academic Students of the Month by her teachers because of her high GPA and excellent attendance. She is an excellent role model for younger students.
Norman reported that the Ava Lions Club was chartered in 1937, over 75 yrs ago.
The membership involves more than 1.36 million men and women who strive to make a difference in their local communities as well as worldwide, as the largest service club organization.
Lions are united in helping others, serving more effectively as a group than alone. They assist the blind and visually impaired by offering resources such as the Leader Dog Program.
Lions also raise awareness of health care issues such as diabetes, hearing loss, and visual impairments.
They provide disaster relief, including food, supplies and healthcare through Lions Club International Foundation during natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, the Colorado floods tsunamis, etc. Their chief mission is to allocate funds and resources to solve major humanitarian challenges worldwide.
Locally, the Ava Lions work with school nurses to locate and provide glasses to children that cannot afford them.
They provide free audio testing for K-8 students in Douglas Co.
The 5K walk/run is held in the spring to help support the Friday Feast (back pack) program, the annual Halloween Costume Contest, and Project Graduation breakfast after the all-night senior graduation event. Lions provide senior scholarships, and sponsor a band scholarship to the Missouri State Lions Band which Emily Armour attended last summer.
Lions help with the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Christmas Parade and collect used eye glasses by the hundreds.
Lions support the Missouri Fox Trotter shows by providing concessions, with the help of volunteers from Ava High School’s National Honor Society and Ava Victory Academy students.
Lions support other community needs as they arise.
The Ava Lions Club is open to membership of both men and women who are interested in helping to make our community a better place to live and work, and raise our families, and for retirement, Norman concluded.