The Westerville Lions Club recently held its second fundraising project in two weeks, the talent competition "Westerville's Got Talent!" The earlier fundraiser was our Braille Card Sale, held the weekend of Oct. 26-27.

To the editor:

The Westerville Lions Club recently held its second fundraising project in two weeks, the talent competition "Westerville's Got Talent!" The earlier fundraiser was our Braille Card Sale, held the weekend of Oct. 26-27.

The Lions Club extends our sincere and heartfelt thanks to the Westerville community for your support of these projects, to the local businesses that let us collect donations at their doors, to the wonderfully talented singers, dancers and musicians who participated in the show and to the residents who reach into their pockets to drop a couple of dollars into our buckets or to buy tickets to an event.

The Westerville Lions Club, with about 50 members, is a charitable service organization that is part of Lions Clubs International with over 1.4 million members worldwide. It is the largest volunteer service organization in the world and the Westerville club is the oldest service club in Westerville, having been chartered in 1928. Our primary mission is to help the visually handicapped, but we also work to fill other needs in the community with our philanthropy and service projects.

The response and monies raised from the Braille Card Sale and talent show far exceeded our expectations. As a result, the Lions Club will have the funds to expand its missions: providing eye exams and glasses to any Westerville schools student whose family does not have access to adequate eye care, awarding six scholarships this year to graduating students of the three Westerville high schools, supporting two important Westerville charitable organizations, Westerville Caring and Sharing and the Westerville Area Resource Ministry, funding of Pilot Dogs, especially when one is needed for a

Westerville resident, support of the Westerville Public Library by purchasing audio books for the visually impaired and many other charitable endeavors which mostly are for the benefit of our local community.

The important factor in all of this is the support of our projects provided by the Westerville community. It is very gratifying to know that the community understands the needs that exist that will only be met through the work of local volunteer organizations. Grass roots efforts are still at the heart of helping those in need. Westerville's Got It!


Elizabeth Dusenbury, president
on behalf of the officers, Board of Directors and
members of the Westerville Lions Club