PUNA LIONS CLUB
Post Office Box 1972
Pahoa, HI 96778

Aloha!
 We are so pleased that you are interested in the Puna Lions Club. Puna Lions was chartered December 12, 1949 and has been serving the lower Puna community ever since. We celebrated our 65th year last December 2014!

 Lions Clubs were dubbed “Knights of the Blind” by Helen Keller and are best known for the collection of eyeglasses for reuse in under-developed countries. Our motto is “We Serve.”  That commitment to service extends not only to programs for free vision services but also the needs of the community of each individual Lions club.

WHAT WE DO…

 Puna Lions has a commitment to serve the Puna community. Our regular activities are Adopt-A-Highway for Route 130 for 2 miles from the water station north of Pahoa south to the beautiful orchards of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. For the last couple of years we have held a monthly ( 2nd Sunday of every month) food collection drive at the Longs Drugstore in Pahoa benefitting Hui Aloha O Puna Makai, a registered charity located in Pahoa. 100% of food items collected are disbursed in Puna.

 We have performed vision screening for the Puna preschools for many years and we are planning vision and hearing screenings for local public and private schools including Keonepoko and Pahoa Elementary schools, for grades K-5 in early 2015.

 The Vision Van, which performs retinal screening, is now located on Hawaii Island.  Maku’u Market hosts this free service. Last year that venue included a number of health care providers to let our residents know about available services while Puna Lions conducted regular distance vision screenings. Please see Past Events  for pics.

This year we started using a plusoptiXSR12 camera for vision screening. Please see Month in the life of a Puna Lion for more information.

 Puna Lions is proud to administer the Puna Lions/Rick Edwards Scholarships,these are awarded in the spring. The club received an endowment from the estate of Lion Rick which provided income, sufficient at that time to provide a single scholarship. The Puna Lions also raise additional scholarship funds and accepts applications from the graduating classes of the five Puna high schools: Pahoa, Keaau, HAAS, Nawahi, and Kua O Kala. Puna Lions awarded two scholarships of $750 and one of $500 in 2014.

 We join with other community service groups to support the Neighborhood Place of Puna’s School Supply Distribution for the Puna Keiki. This year, the event was held June 26 2015 and provided supplies for  over 1,000 youths at Maku’u and 500 youths at St Theresa’s from 28 Puna subdivisions.

We are known for our steak BBQs and as a service organization we ran and supported other BBQs to serve the Pahoa Booster Club, the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church in Pahoa and the Montessori preschool in Pahoa before they closed last year.

 We support other events as we can throughout the East Hawaii area. There are a total of six Lions clubs on the windward side of Big Island organized as Region VII. These clubs and the region provide opportunities for service and social events throughout the year.

 As a Community Service club we were there when we were needed. In August 2014, Hurricane Iselle hit the Puna District particularly hard. Power was lost in some areas for up to 6 weeks. We installed generators donated by the Hawaii Lions Foundation. These generators were placed in key remote areas where hundreds of people who live in remote areas of Puna were helped. Please see Puna Lions in the News

 We were there to move the Puna Community Medical Center to a critically important safe location south of the lava flow. This could be a life saving move if the lava continues to the sea and cuts off the thousands of people of lower Puna from medical services. 

Please see What do the Puna Lions do
HOW WE DO IT….

 Puna Lions is committed to service, not to meetings. Members are encouraged to come to meetings when possible but making a difference in our community by service is what truly counts. We love members who participate in our activities, but welcome those who only pay dues.

 Puna Lions Club is a member of the Big Island Lion Foundation which has been granted tax exemption and is designated as a public charity under IRS section 501(c) (3).
Because BILF is classed as a public charity (as opposed to a private foundation) it is a 50% limit organization. Cash or other non-capital gain property donated to BILF is deductible up to 50% of a taxpayer’s adjusted gross income (AGI). Capital gain property is limited to 30% of AGI if the donor claims fair market value as the deduction. Donations in excess of allowable AGI are carried over to future years. If you want to make sure your donation goes to the Puna Lions Club please designate your contribution as such. Thank you!
District 50 Hawaii is the umbrella organization for all of the Hawaii Lions Clubs. These two organizations provide insurance coverage for all of our activities performed as Lions, exemption from most taxes and tax returns, leadership training of the highest caliber, and a host of resources.

 LCI sets the guidelines for how Lions Clubs conduct business. However, each club adopts the culture of its community. There are significant difference between large urban mainland clubs and a small rural Hawaiian club like Puna Lions. We are certainly “Puna Style”.

 What does not change from club to club is that funds raised from the community may only be spent on community activities and must be accounted for in an activity fund. Costs to administer the club must be paid by dues and contributions from members and be tracked separately in an administration fund. A club may never use the activity fund to cover administrative expenses.

 Puna Lions have a monthly regular meeting the third Monday of most months, from 4-5 pm.

 
In February, May, August, and December, the meeting is replaced with a pot-luck social at a member’s home.

 Each September we hold a Steak BBQ fundraiser which is open to the public to raise funds for our activity fund. This year’s event is Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10-2 pm  Tickets are  $12 for a New York steak served with Cole Slaw, Rice, Potatoes, Beans and Garlic Bread. Drinks and delicious desserts are an additional $1. This is our main fundraiser. Please support us by purchasing a ticket from any Puna Lion.
Mahalo! 

WHAT DOES IT COST….

 Our membership dues are $80 a year for the first member of a family and $58.50 for up to four additional members of the same family. These dues primarily pay for the dues charged by LCI and District 50. Much of this money is returned to individual clubs through various incentives and grants. If you join you also get a free vest-a $58.00 value.

 The District 50 Lions Clubs have a tradition of hosting FunFests. These events serve to bring the local community of six Lions Clubs together. Since these events are attended only by Lions and their guests, they also serve as a fundraiser for the host club’s administrative fund. Typically, the host club’s members provide pupus and side dishes while the club covers the cost for the main course and entertainment. Tickets are usually $20 and there may also be silent or live auctions of items from Lions. Fund Fest attendance is completely voluntary but I can tell you that a Fund Fest is are a lot of fun, at a nominal cost.

 There are other events during the year one is the Winter Forum, at KMC in February 2015 which gives you the opportunity to rent military housing at KMC. The 2015 get together will be different as we plan a service project on Sat. in the morning directed by the Friends of Volcanoes National Park and many other family-oriented fun activities. Sat. afternoon will have cultural walk.

 The annual District 50 Convention, next year in 2015 it will be on Oahu, providing you with the 
opportunity meet Lions from all of the District 50 clubs with convention lodging made available.

CHECK US OUT…

 You can become a Lion by invitation only. Contact any of your local Lions for an introduction and the opportunity to learn more about us or go the websites at…

www.punalions.org                www.hawaiilions.org                 www.lionsclubs.org

Puna Lions Club
President, Lion Karl Kirkendall

Our Food Drive is the second Sunday of every month from 9 am till 1 pm at Pahoa's CVS/Longs Drugstore. 
Come on down and check us out!

Please come and join us, we are friendly people who are making a difference in the community. 

Visit us on facebook  coming soon!

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