As I have shared before, Lions are about service to the community.  But another of the very important component of Lionism is friendship.  This was brought to the forefront this past month as one of our dearest long-time members, Jerry Bruver passed away.

Jerry was a Santa Monica Lion for 34 years, receiving a Melvin Jones Fellowship for his many years of dedicated service, including as a president of the Santa Monica Club and a district officer.  In addition to his commitment as a Lion, he served on the Santa Monica College General Advisory Board and the Santa Monica YMCA Board of Directors.  He was a smart, vibrant and kind man with a great sense of humor.  And if it had not been for the Santa Monica Lions Club, so many of us might have missed the chance to learn from, serve with and get to know Jerry.  He will be sorely missed by his many friends from the Santa Monica Lions Club.

It is April and the service activities continue.  On Thursday, April 25 the SM Lions will be joining with other Santa Monica service clubs in planting trees at Hotchkiss Park at 3 p.m.  Feel free to stop by and lend a hand.

On Saturday, April 27, the Santa Monica Club will be offering free vision screenings for children as part of the SM YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you want to spend the morning at the beach, Lions from across our district will be at Playa del Rey for a beach clean-up on Sunday, April 28th.  We are meeting at 8255 Vista del Mar at 8 a.m. and Heal the Bay will provide the necessary gear for the clean-up.  Don’t forget your sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.

Coming up on Saturday, May 11, Lions will be baking for Veterans at the Fisher House in WLA from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  To learn more about the project or to participate, please contact Susan DeRemer at santamonicalion@gmail.com or (310) 442-9513.

If you want to learn more about the Santa Monica Lions, you are welcome to attend a lunch meeting on the 1st or 3rd Thursday of each month. Please contact Marilynn Schalit at marilynnschalit@yahoo.com or (310) 903-8819 or Yoriko Fisher at yorikofisher@gmail.com or (443) 883-1101 to RSVP for lunch. Our lunch meetings are held at the Elks Lodge at 1040 Pico, Santa Monica from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.  Evening meetings are held quarterly from 6 – 8 p.m. in various Santa Monica locations.

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