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By Theresa Racine
On Saturday, August 12, the Arverne Visionary Lions Club had a celebration of culture at Bayswater Park. AVLC’s Cultural Day provided resources, cultural cuisine and giveaways at this free community event.
AVLC had several tables set up, representing countries like Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the U.S.A and others. On each of the tables were displays of different things that you would see in each country and written information about each country. The day included music, activities and old island games like hopscotch, a three-legged race, lime in a spoon, dominos, and 123 red light. There was also some delicious food and desserts representing each country. Ms. Full Figured USA Pennsylvania even made an appearance at AVLC’s Cultural Day.
Lions Club International was established in 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, by Melvin Jones. Their mission is to empower and strengthen communities, through humanitarian services and grants to impact lives globally and encourage peace and international understanding. There are 1.4 million members who serve in over 45,000 clubs from over 200 countries which makes it the world’s largest organization.
The AVLC has done activities like food distributions, community clean-ups, fun activities like bingo and more. The late Dr. Deborah Hoyle was an active member and vice president, who really ramped up community efforts during Covid.
The club holds meetings on the second Saturday of each month, where they conduct business and plan projects. Membership is open to all men and women over the age of 18 who are willing to sacrifice time and serve the needs of the community. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org