On February 16, 2014, the Glendale Heights Barangay Lions Club (GHBLC) celebrated the 30th anniversary as a charter club of Lions Clubs International. As one of the younger clubs in District 1-J, GHBLC has thrived in the world of caring humanitarian service and community work and put a shine on District 1-J as the best District in the State. For two years in a row, GHBLC has been awarded Lions Clubs International prestigious Club Excellence Award for 2012 and 2013.
The club’s Christmas Caroling for 2 weeks in December 2013 raised more than $4,000 donated to LCIF’s disaster relief for the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Central Philippines. Another $2,000 was donated to the Malolos Lions Club, District 301-D1 in the Philippines for a joint disaster relief program to provide needed food and shelter for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The club is twinning with the Malolos Lions Club to continue the disaster relief program in the Philippines and partner with the Malolos Lions in advancing literacy in the public schools by providing school supplies and reading materials to the poor students.
GHBLC is proud of the club’s service projects with the school community. In early November 2013, the club’s signature Peace Poster Contest was held with three area schools participating and submitting more than 140 beautiful peace posters. For the last three years, the club’s Peace Poster Contest has provided the winning Peace Poster entry on the District level.
Walk Your Child To School is a global event celebrated in early October by communities from over 40 countries as school children walk and bike to school on a single day. The club celebrated the event at Glen Hill Elementary School by providing breakfast snacks and drinks to the more than 130 students who walked to school with their parents. Dinner with Santa is a fundraiser sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Association at the Glen Hill Elementary School. The club caroled the guests during dinner and helped raise funds for the school Parent-Teacher Association.
The club provides free eye exams and glasses to poor students of Glenbard West High School in Glendale Heights and senior citizens in need of help. Last year the club provided free eye exams and glasses to 3 students and 4 senior citizens.
The club participates in the community’s environmental projects. Twice a year, Spring and Fall, the club holds an Adopt-A-Highway clean-up at the Brandon St. and the sprawling Ollman Park in Glendale Heights Village. In early Spring the club participated with the Bloomingdale Lions and the Bloomingdale Leos in the clean-up of the Great Western Trail in West Chicago.
The club volunteers at the Village of Glendale Heights annual Recycling Depot, where they help collect obsolete computers and electronic equipment, broken TVs, holiday lights, household batteries and used eyeglasses and hearing aids.