Pictured rear, L-R, Gini Dunning of Lynchburg, VA, and her cousin Pam McConnell of Clermont and grandchildren.

For the past 50 years, the Clermont-Minneola Lions Club has played an active part in the south Lake Community and isn’t slowing down.

On the first Sunday of each month, the Lions can be found at the Downtown Clermont Farmer’s Market selling brooms made by the blind. It’s a source of fundraising that supports the blind as well as people with vision problems. Lions point out that straw brooms are mandated in commercial kitchens as they absorb pathogens that synthetics do not.  They are great for homeowners in keeping solvents off the garage floor as well as pathogens off the kitchen floor.

The brooms come in two sizes: the smaller, standard size broom is offered for $13.  The larger broom is slightly more expensive, steel banded and has a stronger pole handle.

The Lions accept all kinds of used eyeglasses. The prescription correcting lenses are recorded by State prisoners, after which the glasses are distributed around the world to thousands of people with no other way to get corrective eyeglasses.

Sunglasses are recycled locally.

The Lions also opens its gun range in Groveland to the public on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays of the month from 8 am-noon. The range is located across from Tractor Supply on SR 50 in Groveland.

The Club meets at 6 pm on the second Thursdays of the month at St. Mathias Episcopal Church social hall, 574 Montrose St., downtown Clermont.  The Club always welcomes volunteers and guests to drop by.

For information, call Club President Horace Harper at 352 708-5516.


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