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

Service Station

BY Susan DeRemer

Last month the Santa Monica Lions had the pleasure of stuffing diaper bags and pencil cases for the Westside Family Health Center. It was a true “community service” effort since the Santa Monica Kiwanis and Santa Monica Rotary provided the bags and contents, while the Lions provided the hands to put them together! We were excited to have four young girls join us as they completed community service hours and a potential new member, Mary Cornejo.

Speaking of community service hours, the first deadline for the Lions Youth Leadership Awards is coming up on November 1st. High school students that complete either 50 or 100 hours of documented community service in a 12-month period are eligible. You can contact your school counselors for the forms, or you can contact us at santamonicalion@gmail.com to get the forms. If you do not have enough hours for the November deadline, there is a second deadline of May 1st.

Thinking you might want to explore becoming a Santa Monica Lion? In addition to attending one of our lunch meetings on the first or third Thursday of each month, why not volunteer at one of the upcoming community service events?

  • On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24 we will be partnering with the Culver City Lions Club and serving Thanksgiving dinner to seniors at the Culver City Senior Center from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • At the beginning of December, date to be determined, we will be ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at Bristol Farms. A variety of time slots are available.

For more information or to participate, please contact Susan at 310-442-9513 or santamonicalion@gmail.com.

We are excited to be joining the other service clubs in Santa Monica (Kiwanis, Rotary, Jaycees, Breakfast Club and Women’s Club) as we host the First Annual Santa Monica Community Boutique: Give a Gift for Good on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. at the Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club. While enjoying mimosas or spiced cider, you can wander from table to table learning about 25 nonprofits that serve the Santa Monica community. With the shopping list we provide, you can select organizations to receive a donation that you make in honor of friends and family for the holidays. These donations make the perfect hostess gift or thank you for holiday parties or a gift for the person who has everything. A wide variety of causes will be represented, including health, social services, environmental, education and animals. Some organizations will also have items they are selling for your donations. For more information about the event, please check out the Santa Monica Service Club Alliance Facebook page.


For more information about the Lions Club, visit www.facebook.com/smlions or http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/santamonica, call (310) 623-4499 or reach them at P.O. Box 3435, Santa Monica, CA 90408.