The Englewood Lions continued its 80-plus year tradition of service to the community March 20 at a reconition program by presenting donations to 15 …
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The Englewood Lions continued its 80-plus year tradition of
service to the community March 20 at a reconition program by
presenting donations to 15 area charities.
Englewood Lions President David Pelegrino presided over the
program that recognized the charities and presented them with the
donations from the club.
In his introduction, he noted the Englewood Chapter is part of
Lions International, the oldest service organization in the world.
Currently, there are 1.3 million men and women in 205 countries who
are member of Lions International.
Lions International is probably best known for its programs
aimed at preventing blindness. Last year, chapters around the world
performed vision screening for more than 27,000 three- to five-year
Pelegrino said the screening detected vision problems in about 7
percent of those tested and, in most cases, Lions chapters provided
the funds for additional testing and glasses where they were
The Englewood Lions conducted vision screening for youngsters in
Englewood and Sheridan. The club provided more than $5,000 to
provide follow-up exams and glasses for 135 children and a few
adults who couldn’t afford the testing and treatment, Pelegrino
Pelegrino then moved ahead with the program as the Englewood
Lions distributed checks totaled $19,400 with about a third of the
amount going to the program to provide eye exams and glasses to
needy children and adults.
The charities honored included the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye
Bank, The Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute, the Anchor Center for
Blind Children, funding for the Lions scholarships for Englewood
schools, the Englewood Education Foundation, the Family Tree House
of Hope Family Resource Center, the Salvation Army of Englewood,
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Inter-Faith Community
Services, Children’s Learning Center at Englewood United Methodist
Church, the Arapahoe Santa Claus Shop, Englewood Arts for the
summer drama program and the Colorado Lions Camp.
The Englewood Lions Club was chartered in 1926 with 28 members.
Over the years, its membership has varied and, at one time, topped
The club has always actively sought to serve the community. For
example, during World War II, school lunches didn’t include milk
but the Englewood Lions provided the money so every child in
Englewood schools received a free half-pint of milk with lunch.
Another Lions project took shape in 1946 when the club built the
city’s first swimming pool. It was located in what was then the
city park and operated until the property was sold in 1968 and
became the site of Cinderella City Shopping Mall.
The Lions also provided another amenity at the former city park
as they installed and ran the miniature train ride.
In the late 1960s, the train and track were moved to Belleview
Park, a park created as a result of the money received from sale of
the former city park location.
Although the original train was replaced and its replacement has
since been replaced. The train still runs although the Lions gave
up operation and the city now runs the popular ride throughout the
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