A picture from the 61st Annual Lions Club Pancake Breakfast.

As a Lions Club, we are known for our projects that relate to vision – but the Santa Monica Lions Club supports so much more than that.

With the success of our pancake breakfast, our first fundraiser of the year, we are now accepting applications for financial support.  You must be a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization located in, or serving Santa Monica residents.  These grants are not just limited to vision-related causes, but are available to any nonprofit organization that strives to help others through health, education or services.

To see if you qualify to submit an application, go to http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/santamonica/projects.php.  There you will also find a downloadable application to be completed along with a list of supporting documentation that must be submitted with your request.  The deadline for the first round of applications is December 31st.

Applications may be submitted by mail to PO Box 3435, Santa Monica, CA 90408 or by email to santamonicalion@gmail.com. To be considered applications must be complete with all supporting documentation included.  The deadline for the second and final round of applications is May 15, 2016.

This year we will be holding a second fundraiser, on Saturday, May 5, 2016, to raise additional money for the many deserving organizations in Santa Monica.  If you love horseracing, great food, delicious wines (even mint juleps), Santa Monica sunshine and laughing with your friends – this will be the event for you!  Save-the-date cards with more information will be going out after the first of the year.  If you want to receive more information about this event send your address to santamoinicalion@gmail.com or call Susan at 310-623-4499.

Are you feeling in the volunteer spirit this holiday season?  Let us offer a couple of suggestions when you can join us. On Saturday, December 5th we are helping the Miracle Mile Lions Club provide vision screening for veterans at the Veterans Affairs Department in Westwood.  On Friday, December 11th will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army at Bristol Farms – Santa Monica, and are requesting you sign-up for 2-hour shifts. If you are interested in helping with either of these projects, please call Susan at 310-623-4499.

Finally, we are very happy to announce our partnership with other Santa Monica service organizations in promoting leadership and service in Santa Monica. Next year the Santa Monica Jaycees, Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary and Women’s Club will join together on a few fun activities to give you a glimpse of how we each serve our community and ways you can enjoy helping others while having fun and making new friends.  We will keep you posted as things move forward.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Susan L. deRemer