Lions learn about W.Va. Division of Rehabilitation Services

The New Cumberland Lions Club met recently, with President Richard Blackwell presiding and Mark Gittings giving the invocation.

Nicole Fankhouser and Krista Diserio of the W.Va. Division of Rehabilitation Services were the guest speakers, discussing the Consumer Affairs Committee. It helps people with disabilities to make informed choices and obtain equal treatment, employment, independent living and economic and social self-sufficiency, they said.

It works in cooperation with businesses, government bodies and health care providers.

For information on the services, call (304) 723-5311.

Environmental Chair Russ Flanigan reported the club received a banner patch for achieving the district-set goal for number of trees planted for the 2011-12 club year.

The group received thank-you cards from the United Church Social Service Union, Oak Glen High School girls soccer team and Seeing Hand Association for donations.

Eva Dague and Jeff Baxter, past district governors, informed the club the 2012 Highlands car show in Tridelphia raised enough money to allow the district to purchase screening equipment to test children aged 6 months and older for possible eye diseases and eye-related problems. The next show will be Sept. 2 at the Highlands. All proceeds will benefit the West Virginia Lions Sight Conservation Foundation, which provides free eye surgeries, equipment, screenings and hearing aids to West Virginians with limited or nonexistent insurance coverage.

For information, call Dague at (304) 649-6923 or Baxter at (304) 904-0123.

Bob Manypenny reported the club will hold a paper drive, with the date to be announced.

Dorothy Hawkes reported the New Cumberland Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony at 1 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Christian Church. All three honorees are Lions Club members, including Bill Fields and the late Hugh Tate, who will be honored for their lifetime achievements and contributions to their community, and Charlie Mitchell, who will receive the Spirit of Scouting Award. Donations of cookies are needed for the reception following the ceremony.

Manypenny reported the Methodist Men will host a wild game feed at 5 p.m. Feb. 2.

Robert McNeil said the new display case will arrive soon, and the group requests that members donate memorabilia.

The next meeting will be Tuesday at the New Cumberland City Building.