Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Lions Club marks 50 years of service in Canton

Jacob Ooms earned a $2,000 scholarship this year from
 the Canton Lions Club. The club has awarded $14,000
in scholarships to Plymouth-Canton students since 2014. 
Scott Spielman
Special Writer

The Canton Lions Club passed a quiet milestone recently.
The service club, which celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year, has now donated more than $100,000 back to the community through contributions to various charitable organizations and causes.
“Everything is falling together right now and turning out well,” said club President Ron Sullivan.
The Lions Club supports vision- and auditory-related causes throughout the Canton community and southeast Michigan, including Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Penrickton Center, Eversight Michigan, Beaumont Silent Children, Madonna University and several others.
They provide scholarships to Plymouth-Canton students with vision or hearing issues, provide free eye exams and glasses, hearing aids and funds for the Canton Goodfellows, the Canton Library and the recently-installed Canton Township Heritage Trail story markers in Heritage Park, among other local causes.
The club, which has about 26 members, has awarded more than $118,000, of which more than $70,000 was gathered and donated in the last four years.
“It is a great group of people to be associated with,” said Sullivan. “We work hard, but we have a lot of fun. It's always nice to be able to give so much back to the community.”
The Lions Club organizes a variety of fundraisers throughout the year. They host an annual euchre Tournament in February, serve a pancake breakfast during the Canton Liberty Fest, and solicit donations through candy cane sales-the next one is scheduled for Oct. 24-30, where Lions Club volunteers will be stationed in front of many businesses throughout Canton. They also organize four-day charity poker events throughout the year at Players Golf and Poker Room on Eight Mile Road in Livonia.
“The Lions Club has never been in better shape than it is right now,” said club member and Canton Trustee John Anthony.