Sentiments were tearful at times, jovial at others, and the overall mood at the Del Sol Lions 3rd anniversary celebration at Fletcher Cove Community Center was heartfelt thanks for the community work this organization has done for residents in Solana Beach and surrounding areas.
More than 40 club members, local dignitaries and community leaders were on hand to commemorate the club’s work done in the North County coastal region.
Three organizations, Casa de Amistad, St. James and St. Leo’s Medical and Dental Clinics and the Mexican American Educational Guidance Association, provided detailed accounts about how the Lions’ philanthropic efforts have helped their causes.
Nicole Mione-Green, director of Casa de Amistad, a K-12 tutoring and mentoring program in Solana Beach, thanked the club for providing financial support to help challenged students succeed in the classroom. “One of our goals is to provide every student with two new books each year. With the help and generosity of the Del Sol Lions, we’ve been able to accomplish this goal,” she explained.
Deacon Al Graff and Dr. Bob Bobbit from St. James and St. Leo’s Medical and Dental Clinics explained how the Del Sol Lions fundraising ability helped secure a grant for a $37,000 dental X-ray machine to provide free examinations for families in need in the north county coastal area. Special guest Karla, a first-generation college student and the recipient of a Del Sol Lions scholarship through the Mexican American Educational Guidance Association, provided an emotional account of her ability to overcome life’s struggles with the assistance of the Del Sol Lions generous scholarship contribution.
“The Del Sol Lions 3rd anniversary celebration opened a lot of eyes about the positive impact our hard work has on the community,” said Linette Page, president of the Del Sol Lions. “Our members are the key to this club making a difference. We’ve contributed more than 3,600 services hours and $42,655 to community causes. I would like to personally thank all of our members for their outstanding contributions. We’ve come a long way in three years.”
The Del Sol Lions are part of an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 205 countries serving those in need and youth in Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch and Carmel Valley. The club meets the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6 -7:30 p.m. at the Fletcher Cove Community Center. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome.