The Noland Road Lions Club completed a successful year serving others.

In January, at the Mid Winter Rally, we made our donations to the Lions-related projects, that includes: Lender Dog, Lions Eye Research, Lions Hearing, Lions World Services and Missouri Lions All Star Football game in Warrensburg at CMU.

At our third annual Buddy Bass Tournament on Truman Lake, we had our biggest tournament. With the proceeds from the tournament, we were able to fund many of the local programs which we contribute to during the year.

Our large fundraising event was the Labor Day Santa-Cali-Gon event with our food booth on the Square, at which we raised over $25,000. This coupled with what we had raised at our fishing tournament, we were able to make local donations to Thomas Hart Benton PTA, Boys and Girls Club, Community Mediation Center, Crossroads, Eye Care for the Needy, Hillcrest Ministries, Hope House, Independence Youth Court, I share, Project Graduation, yearly scholarship and Sunshine Center.

We were busy on Saturday, Nov. 22, ringing bells for the Salvation Army from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Hy-Vee on 23rd Street.

On Nov. 25 we distributed food baskets to 15 adults and 26 children at Thanksgiving, and we adopted seven families at Christmas, taking toys and other gifts in our assistance to Santa Claus.

All in all, it was a very good year as we complied with the Lions motto, “we serve,” and look forward to the new year of 2009 of helping and serving those less fortunate than we.

To one and all, we would wish for you a very happy new year from the Noland Road Lions Club.