by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource CenterJohn Lee and Secretary Judy Ray visited the Oak Tree Lodge to select this year’s local winners of 2015’s Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Every year 11-13 year old children throughout the world are given the opportunity to promote world peace by creating an original work of art. In addition to John & Judy, this year’s judges included representatives of Twin Ridges Elementary School District Board of Trustees, the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center, and the community at large. Although it was a difficult decision, the judges unanimously selected “Piece by Piece” by Starlight Makonen. Starlight’s inspiring painting will travel on to Roseville for the next step in judging, then return to be shown at the North San Juan Post Office along with 2nd and 3rd place artists Ryah Souverville and Bella Drake,. Works created by Grizzly Hill artists Melanie Calder, Ariel Violet Sky Hooker, Waylan Kennard, Elyssa Lee, and Nikairye Wondergem will also be on display. Congratulations to all the young artists who dedicated their time and talents to creating art for world peace!
In addition to sponsoring the International Peace Poster Contest at Grizzly Hill School, Yuba River Lions serve our community in a number of ways. John Lee explained, “The Lions motto is ‘WE SERVE.’ Our focus is on the community, especially the school. We support the Read-a-thon and buy a kindle for each 2nd through 8th grade winner, and books for the Kindergartners and first graders. We also donate to City of Hope, Sierra Services for the Blind, and the North San Juan Fire Department. We try to help out the community. That’s our goal. What we collect stays here. !00% of our fundraisers go back to the community.”
In addition to serving locally, Yuba River Lions join Lions International in their fight against blindness and diabetes. Founded in 1986, Yuba River Lions membership has dwindled from 28 to 10 members; and they are actively seeking new members. When asked what she considers to be the most meaningful part of being a Lion, twenty-five year member Judy Ray responded simply, “As a Lion we’re able to serve others.” If you are interested in serving others and having a lot of fun doing it, call John Lee at 292-3632. Men and women who are interested in learning more about Yuba River Lions are welcome to attend monthly meetings at the North San Juan Firehall at 6:30 pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Because dinner is served at each meeting, it’s a good idea to call ahead to let them know you’ll be there so that they can plan on additional diners.