A Lion’s Contribution to Environment Day

Each year I participate in the Lions Environmental local cleanup.  This year it took place in the Park La Charmille, Poissy.  On making my way to the meeting point, I chose to walk through the park and was pleasantly surprised to see clean sacks in the rubbish bins and no evidence of litter.

I thus chose to make my way to the Route de Poissy (D308) and head back to the park surveying the verge alongside the road leaving Poissy.

I was saddened to see, but picked up, a vast quantity of bottles (glass and plastic), food wrappers and surgical masks .. all jetisonned from passing vehicles.  In fact, the quantity of litter had become so heavy just prior to the railway crossing that I determined to forge my way back through the forest to the park. 

It was to my relief that I encountered an isolated residence in which three children were playing in the garden.  I called out to request directions and was relieved to be greeted at the gate by the owner and the three youngsters.  Having explained by predicament, I was offered a glass of water and the loan of a wheelbarrow  as well as the proposal to deposit the rubbish in his commercial bin thus eleminating the need to transport itfurther.   He also suggested that a photograph would give clear evidence of the result of a Lion’s efforts to aid the environment.

I accepted the latter solution and was then accompanied by him and his children, to indicate the forest path I may take to rejoin the park.

An unexpected and generous act of kindness in return for the effort of Lions to provide a better environment for our planet and hence for future generations.

Eyeglass RECYCLING Project

LCYH’s first Environmental initiative provided club members with a challenge from their Australian ‘Lion Tamer’ Manda Adams.

Manda proposed in the May 2014 Statutory meeting that we, as a club, attempt to reach a target of 78 department the home of LCYH, recycled eye glasses by our 2014 Summer Lunch in June 2014.

We were very pleased to slightly exceed our target, yet with pleasing surprise by September we had achieved well over our target receiving over 100 pairs, by November meeting where, we donated the eyeglasses directly to Mark we had 330 pairs!!

eye glasses 2014

With a special request for children’s glasses made with the initial challenge, we were excited to see a large amount of these donated as well.

Not only did we meet our target of 78 but this seemingly simple goal was exceeded by 348%!!!

During our monthly club meeting in November 2014, Dr Bernard Laporte & Mark Uhrich from the Maisons Laffitte Lions Club, came along to talk to us and explain the life cycle of our donated eye glasses.

These recycled eye glasses once collected, would make their way to the depot of the Medico Lions Clubs of France in Le Harve to be sorted, labeled and distributed to those in need.

A very Special thanks go to David and Danielle (member and partner of LCYH) who contributed enormously to this figure.