On Feb. 28, at the recently restored and picturesque Fletcher Cove Community Center, the Del Sol Lions celebrated the two-year anniversary of receiving their charter from Lions Club International.
Del Sol Lions Club President Bulent Erol, kicked off the event by reviewing the significant contributions the club has made to the north coast community since 2010 and sharing the many projects planned for 2012.
“I believe our club made a significant difference in the community,” said Erol. “The key to our success is that our members were able to set aside their individual agendas and work towards a common goal. When you start with the question ‘How can I help?’ and focus on the big picture, you can achieve great results. Our club is the living proof of that.”
The speaker for the evening was Solana Beach Deputy Mayor and Del Sol Lions Charter President Dave Roberts, who discussed the major projects underway in Solana Beach and additional ways the Lions could serve.
“I was honored to serve as the Charter President of the Del Sol Lions Club,” said Immediate Past President Dave Roberts. “Our community had a real need for a Lions Club when it was chartered in 2010 and I am so proud of how the community has embraced our club to grow and serve others for the past two years. I am especially proud of all the club members who so generously give of their time and resources to serve our wonderful community. Our club is growing due to the fact that folks see our successful impact and while we are having fun serving others!”
In the two years since their formation on Feb. 15, 2010, the Del Sol Lions have completed 50 service projects and contributed $55,000 to the local community, which includes being awarded a matching grant from Lions Club International in the amount of $12, 200 to complete a project for St. Leo’s Dental Clinic. Notable accomplishments include purchasing a $37,000 Panorex digital x-ray machine for St. Leo’s Dental Clinic, becoming a certified Food Bank Partner and providing food to local families in need, supporting youth educational aspirations via donations to Casa de Amistad, MAEGA, and Reality Changers, annually providing backpacks filled with much needed items for homeless adults and youth and with clothing and school supplies for low income school-age children and teens, and partnering with the Blind Stokers Club to purchase a tandem bicycle, supporting their annual Cycling for Sight, and decorating the Lion’s Rose Bowl Float entry.
Guiding Lion and Past District Governor, George Folwarski also spoke at the celebration.
“In my position, I have attended a lot of club meetings to understand the character of a club,” said Folwarski. “I can assure you that your club has been in the spotlight, a good spotlight, because of all of you. You have good leadership. Add to that good membership and the outcome is good positive results.”
The Del Sol Lions, part of a 135,000 member service organization, the largest in the world, has quickly grown to the third largest Lions Club in San Diego County. The club meets the fourth Thursday of the month from 6 -7:30 p.m. at the Fletcher Cove Community Center. Visitors and new members are always welcome. For more information on the Del Sol Lions, please go to www.delsollions.org.
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