The Murray Lions Club Foundation is proud to have received the 2019 Murray-Calloway County Non-Profit of the Year award at the annual Murray-Calloway County Business Celebration at the CFSB Center in Murray. The Murray Lions thanks our National Chamber of the Year and Independence Bank for this award. For 90 years the Murray Lions have faithfully served our community. #We Serve
Serving Murray and Calloway County for 80 Years
- KidSight: Our flagship community program offering free vision screenings for Pre-K and Head Start children. Last year the Murray Lions alone screened over 1200 children referring over 200 to local optometrists to correct early vision problems.
- Prescription Eyeglass Assistance: With the help of our local optometrist partners, we provide assistance with vouchers for glasses to the needy in our community.
- Murray Lions Community Skate Park: The 3 Phases of Skate Park are completed! Thanks to our community for helping the Murray Lions raise $72,000 to fund this well used park in Murray’s Central Park.
- Scholarships: The Murray Lions endowment provided 15 scholarships to local high school students attending Murray State.
- Community Backpack Program: Purchasing food and providing labor to pack needed weekend nourishment for local school children in need of assistance.
- Leader Dog for the Blind: For 75 years Lions have contributed financially, identified people in their community who could benefit from Leader Dog’s services.
A recent meeting of the Murray Lions Club was once again devoted to the packing of 500 snack filled “backpacks” which Need Line will distribute to Murray Independent and Calloway County school district students in order to help insure that they have nutritious foods to consume over weekends. Once again the Lions purchased all the food and supplies to support this important program in our community.
Meet future Leader Dog Mission, who is beginning a remarkable career that will fill an urgent need for a person who is blind or visually impaired at no cost to them.
Puppies are constantly learning during their first year of life and volunteer puppy raisers devote a tremendous amount of time, love and energy helping lay the foundation for the puppies to succeed. As one puppy raiser described this tremendous responsibility, “I am humbled and awed by being a part of the process that creates a person-dog team that can give such freedom to someone who is visually impaired.”
Lions Clubs International, founded Leader Dogs for the Blind in 1939 and Lions have been dedicated ambassadors and loyal supporters of the mission since that time. Over 4,900 Lions Clubs both nationally and internationally contribute financially to Leader Dog. Lions identify people in their community who could benefit from Leader Dog’s services, offer assistance to our clients and widely communicate information about our programs throughout their hometowns and districts.
KEEP WATCHING FOR MISSION’S PROGRESS
The Murray Lions Club installed the officers for the 2019-2020 Lions year at the annual dinner held at South Pleasant Grove Methodist Church. Performing the installation was Lions District Governor Kevin Bishop. Pictured above is the full Murray Lions board. Outgoing Lions president Vicky Crafton handing off the gavel to incoming Lions president Paul McCreary and the Hazel branch club board.
At the annual Installation Dinner at South Pleasant Grove Methodist Church, Lion President Vicky Crafton (left) presented the Lion of the Year award to Jim Gray (center) with District Governor Kevin Bishop (right) attending.
For 29 years the Murray Lions Club has recognized the outstanding first responders from units that serve the Murray-Calloway County area, including four police agencies, a fire department, an EMS unit, and the jail. Awardees are selected by the head of each agency. The 2019 recipients and their supervisors are pictured, from left, Lieutenant Steve Lax and Assistant Chief Kevin Doyle, Murray Fire Department; Major Julie Robertson and Jailer Ken Claud, Calloway County Jail; Officer Shannon Puckett and Chief James Herring, Murray State University Police Department; Captain Brandon Passmore and Director Marty Barnett, Murray-Calloway County EMS; Deputy John Michael Hill and Sheriff Sam Steger, Calloway County Sheriff’s Department; Trooper Sarah Burgess and Captain Jerry Hardy, Kentucky State Police; Officer Justin Swope and Chief Jeff Liles, Murray Police Department.
Several members of the Murray Lions Club were recently awarded longevity chevrons by District Governor Kevin Bishop (far right). Shown from left are Lions Ken Claude (20 years), Rocky Long (10 years), and Ken Purcell (25 years). Not pictured but receiving awards are John Bunnell (55 years), Gene Wimberly (45 years), and Scott Turner (30 years).
Beth Birkner (center), president of the Murray State University Lions Club, was a scholarship recipient in the recent Ms. MSU Scholarship Pageant. Shown with her are Kevin Bishop (left), district governor of Kentucky Lions District K, and Jim Gray (right), past president of the Murray Lions Club.
At a recent meeting of the Murray Lions Club, new Murray State Director of Athletics, Kevin Saal brought his energy and vision for Racer athletics to members and guests in attendance. In his presentation he discussed his personal background and career path in athletic administration that eventually brought him to Murray State.
The presentation also included an in depth overview of the athletic department and the importance of athletics in increasing Murray State’s exposure for prospective students nationwide; citing the enormous exposure basketball and Murray State star Ja Morant have created this year.
Saal also discussed the importance of master facility plan and core values for athletics to help improve the total experience for the student-athlete at Murray State. He also discussed ideas to enhance the experience for fans at Racer sporting events. Shown below with Kevin Saal (left) is former Murray mayor and Lions member Jack Rose (middle) and Lions past president, Paul McCreary (right).