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Camas Lions Create Cozy Comfort: No-Sew Blankets for Children in Need (Photo) - 05/28/24

The Camas Lions enthusiastically sponsored an MD-19 Convention Service Project on Saturday, May 25th, 2024, in Ferndale, WA. Attendees at the convention had the heartwarming opportunity to participate in a service project aimed at spreading warmth and comfort. Lions International Director Steve Middlemiss and his partner in service, Lion LeeAnn Middlemiss from Hudson, New Hampshire, were among the compassionate individuals who joined the effort.

Volunteers came together to create no-sew fleece blankets for Project Linus, a recent partnership formed by the Camas Club. This hands-on service activity went beyond crafting blankets; it was about creating smiles and providing comfort to children in dire need—whether they were undergoing chemotherapy, dealing with loss, or facing other traumas. The best part? No prior sewing skills were required; attendees only needed to bring their enthusiasm and willingness to make a positive impact.

Lions transformed simple pieces of fleece into cozy blankets, knowing that their time and effort would contribute to a brighter outlook for children facing challenges. With the tagline, “Let’s weave moments of joy and support together,” Lions from across the Northwest, including Canada (BC), became part of something truly meaningful.

In preparation for the project, the Camas Lions awarded a $500 grant to purchase enough bolts of kid- and teen-friendly fleece to create approximately 50 blankets. On May 4th, Camas hosted a “May the Fourth be with You” blanket-prep and potluck party. Club members removed the selvage edge from each bolt, cut the fabric into 2-yard squares, and removed corners. Each blanket was then ready for convention volunteers to cut one-inch wide slits around the perimeter and tie a knot in each one, resulting in a finished blanket. These blankets will be returned to the Project Linus team in Vancouver, Washington, for distribution through stakeholder organizations.

Camas Lions are a local group of service-minded volunteers dedicated to helping others since 1938. We champion kindness in our community and actively work to improve the lives of all people, especially those in the most need. We are a chapter of Lions Clubs International, the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

Project Linus Portland/Vancouver has given more than 87,000 blankets to children in “need of a hug” from our chapter beginning in July 2001.​ ​Each quilt, afghan, or fleece blanket has nurtured a hurting child, in a very positive way. It is an affirmative step toward healing of body and mind. Each hand-made blanket, like a stone tossed into a quiet pond, sends gentle ripples of comfort outward to a hurting child, fearful parents, caregivers, grandparents, friends and community.

​Project Linus volunteers help in many ways by sewing and making blankets​, donating fabric, helping during Thursday Processing Days or making a financial gift.



Lions Answer the Call
Lions Answer the Call
Vancouver Welcomes a New Lions Club (Photo) - 05/26/24

Lions International Hosts Public Informational Meeting to Launch New Club in Orchards-Evergreen and East Vancouver Area

Vancouver, WA – May 8, 2024—Lions International, a renowned global service organization dedicated to making a difference in communities worldwide, is excited to announce a public informational meeting. This meeting is a crucial step towards addressing the specific needs of the Orchards-Evergreen and East Vancouver area, and we believe your participation is vital. The meeting is scheduled for June 4th, 2024, commencing at 6:30 p.m.

Those who attend will be introduced to Lions International’s mission and values and will explore the potential impact a new club would have on the local area. Attendees will learn about the various service projects and initiatives undertaken by Lions Clubs worldwide and how they can get involved in making a positive difference in their community. This is a unique chance for community members who are passionate about service and making a difference to become charter members of the new club, thereby playing a pivotal role in shaping its future.

"We are excited to engage with the residents of Orchards-Evergreen and East Vancouver and share our vision for a new Lions Club in the area," said Dr. Mark Mansell, Global Membership Team Coordinator, "We believe that by establishing a new Lions Club in the Orchards-Evergreen and East Vancouver area, we can work together to build a stronger, more vibrant community for all."

The public informational meeting will be held at the Cascade Public Library Community Room, 600 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684

Date: June 4th, 2024, Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

For more information about the meeting or to RSVP, please get in touch with Doug Ballou at 360-903-3993 or

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