In 2017, the Association of Lions Clubs celebrated 100 years and this year, the Sherman Evening Lions Club will be celebrating 60 years of helping area residents through the Lions creed. The evening group has about 19 members.

At the end of fiscal year 2017, the Sherman Evening Lions Club had provided 140 eye exams and eyeglasses to adults, sent a camper to Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, participated in Trick or Treat on Travis Street, and held a garage sale to help raise money for events.

The group held a Chili Appreciation Society International chili cook off on April 28.

“Probably the greatest experience that I have had was working on the different fund raising projects that we have had over the years, because I know that these funds go toward helping people in our community have a better life,” Club Secretary and Treasurer Jesse Heiman said. “Over the years, I have participated in golf tournaments, garage sales and just recently a chili cook-off. Since I am the treasurer of the club, I get to see exactly what our work goes toward and makes it easier to write the checks to help pay for it.”

This year the club also donated to Meals on Wheels of Texoma, the Green House in Sherman, eyeglasses to the eyeglass recycling center, the Lion’s district entities like Texas Lions Camp and Texas Lions Foundation, and four computers and seven monitors to “Computers for the Blind.”

Heiman said one thing that people often do not know is the Lions Club sponsors children with physical challenges through the Youth Camp in Kerrville.

“This is a camp that is designed and staffed with folks that allow kids with physical disabilities, diabetes, epilepsy, Down syndrome and cancer to go out and be a kid for a week,” Heiman said. “We sponsored a young lady last summer and she had such a good time that we will be happy to sponsor her again this year. The Camp is available at no cost to the child’s parents except for getting them there and picking them up and any supplies and medications that they need for a week of camping.”

The second thing Heiman said that people often do not know about the group is the feeling of joy and relief that a person has when someone who would normally not be able to pay for an eye exam and glasses, gets that exam and glasses so that they can see and function in their job and life.

“Lions clubs have a long reach,” Heiman said. “Through our dues, we support programs that assist people all over the world. The club also is able to set up programs to help people locally. This can be through individually volunteering yourself or a project from the club. All of the money that we make through our fund raisers is spent locally, to help people in Sherman and Grayson County. Our club for many years now has gone to help people who need but cannot afford with eye exams and glasses. Our club has worked with adults in the Sherman area because many of the other clubs work with children. We also have given out scholarships to both students and teachers in the Sherman School District. The biggest reasons to join a Lions Club are to do something productive and charitable outside of your regular, everyday life and we have a good time doing it.”

The Sherman Noon Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Golden Corral in Sherman.