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A group of Lions members attended the Thurmont Town Meeting on April 26, 2022. Lion Mark Long announced the Thurmont Lions Club 2022 Volunteer of the Year, Cindy Poole, who makes a difference in the Thurmont community. She serves as the coordinator of the Thurmont Green Team and does an exceptional job in this role. Cindy coordinates the Community Gardens at Carroll Street Park and lines up volunteers to help maintain them. She can be seen pulling her wagon around town with painting supplies, painting storm drains. There are so many activities around town that Cindy can be seen coordinating or working on. She is a true “lead by example” leader, and Thurmont is very fortunate to have her as such a dedicated and selfless volunteer. The Thurmont Lions Club would like to say, “Congratulations and thank you, Cindy, for all that you do.”

Cindy received a Certificate of Appreciation, a gift card to a restaurant, and a $400 donation to a charity of her choice: The Green Team.

The Thurmont Lions Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at St. John Lutheran Church in Thurmont. Visit www.thurmontlionsclub.com or contact Lion Joyce Anthony at jananny@comcast.net or 240-288-8748 for more information.

Pictured from left are Lion Mark Long, Cindy Pool, Commissioner Wayne Hooper, Lion Dianne McLean, Mayor John Kinnaird, Lion Joyce Anthony, Lion Gayle DiSalvo, Commissioner Wes Hamrick, and Commissioner Bill Blakeslee.

On April 13, Past District Governor Paul Cannada inducted a new member into the Thurmont Lions Club: David Crum. 

Lion Doug Favorite was Lion David’s sponsor. Lion David is married and lives in Emmitsburg. He recently transferred to the Thurmont Woodsboro Bank as their new manager. Lion David is excited to start helping with the fundraisers for the club and the community. Congratulations to Lion David and welcome to the Thurmont Lions Club family.

Pictured from left are Lion David Crum and Lion Doug Favorite.

Pictured from left are: (front row) Lions Nancy Echard, Dianne McLean, Gayle DiSalvo, Bev Nunemaker; (back row) Lions Marci Veronie, Joyce Anthony, PCC Bob Muchow, FVDG Nadja Muchow, PDG Paul Cannada, and CS Susan Favorite. Absent from picture: Lions Julie El-Taher, Doug Favorite, Donald Keeney, Jr.

The 2022 Multiple District 22 Convention was held April 22-24, 2022, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The convention was an outstanding event. The Lions Memorial Service, numerous seminars, District luncheons, meetings, candidate’s hospitality rooms and election of incoming officers were well attended.  Past International Director Steven Sherer from Ohio was the guest speaker. PID Sherer’s messages were very informative, full of stories about his wife, Lion Mary Ellen and himself were inspirational.

District Governor presented numerous awards to his cabinet members and throughout District 22-W. Lion Joyce Anthony was named to the District 22-W Honor Roll. This award recognizes Lions who have rendered outstanding service to their club and their community at the “grass roots” level over an extended period of time, who exemplify the spirit of Lionism through their unselfish dedication, and who are deserving of District-wide recognition for their efforts in support of Lionism. The Thurmont Lions Club had 13 members attending the convention.

The Thurmont Lions Club is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Volunteer of the Year. Nominate an individual(s) who is making a difference in the lives of others—working with children in the schools, helping at the food bank, a member of a service organization or church, a special neighbor who is always there to help whenever needed, and so forth. There are many individuals eligible for this honor. Please nominate those deserving individuals for the goodwill and volunteer services they give to help their community. The volunteer service work must be done in the area of zip code 21788.

Forms are available online at www.thurmontlionsclub.com or by contacting Lion Mark Long at Mark.Long999@gmail.com. Nomination forms are due no later than April 5, 2022. Send your completed nomination form to Thurmont Lions Club, ATTN: Lion Mark Long, P.O. Box 306, Thurmont, MD 21788 or email to Mark.Long999@gmail.com. 

Thurmont Lions Club members are eligible to be nominated with the stipulation that the MAJORITY (95 percent) of the volunteer services considered for the award must be performed outside of related Lions Club community service, e.g. church, school, community, another organization, etc.

The Thurmont Volunteer of the Year will be recognized and receive the award at the Thurmont Town meeting on April 19, 2022.

It is time to recognize that special teacher who has made an impact on your child’s life and on your school community. Each year, the Thurmont Lions Club honors the teachers of Catoctin High School and the feeder schools (Thurmont Primary, Thurmont Elementary, Thurmont Middle, Lewistown Elementary, Emmitsburg, Sabillasville, and Mother Seton). Anyone can nominate a teacher: parents, students, fellow teachers, and administrators. 

All nomination forms are due to Lion Stephanie Steinly no later than April 8. They can be mailed to Lion Stephanie Steinly, 24 Lombard Street, Thurmont, MD  21788. Please include “2022 Teacher of the Year” on the subject line if emailing.

Forms are available online at www.thurmontlionsclubs.com or by contacting Stephanie Steinly at Stephanie.steinly@gmail.com.

The Thurmont Lions Club 2022 Teacher of the Year will be selected from the finalists by a committee of community leaders and will be announced at the Thurmont Lions Club’s Education Night meeting on May 11, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Lion Stephanie Steinly at Stephanie.steinly@gmail.com or 301-271-3268.

On October 27, 2021, during the Thurmont Lions Club 92nd Charter Night Anniversary celebration, the Extension Award was presented by District Governor Charlie Croft to Lions Bob and Cartha Johnson for their dedicated support in the organization of a new Lions Club that remained active and in good standing for at least one year: the Frederick Fusion Club. 

With heartfelt sorrow, Lion Cartha Johnson passed on August 23, 2021.  Lion Bob Johnson accepted the award on behalf of Lion Cartha and himself, along with the support of his daughter, Lion Liz Long, and members of the Frederick Fusion Club. Congratulations!

Also during the celebration, DG Charlie Croft inducted four new members into the Thurmont Lions Club: William (Bill) Heaney, Ruth Heaney, Eric Dutrow, and Angie Simmons. 

Lions Bill and Ruth have lived in Thurmont for one year. They want to give back to the community as a thank you for what the community has given them. Lion Eric Dutrow has lived in Thurmont for 23 years. He has two grown children, and a son that is a very active Scout. Lion Angie Simmons lived in Thurmont for ten years, but presently lives in Fairfield, Pennsylvania. She is manager at the Thurmont Woodsboro Bank. By joining the club, she would like to get to know the community. 

The Thurmont Lions Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at St. John Lutheran Church, located on Church Street in Thurmont.

For more information, visit www.thurmontlionsclub.com or contact Lion Joyce Anthony at jananny@comcast.net or 240-288-8748.

Over 600 wreaths were delivered to the Thurmont American Legion on the afternoon of December 16 by Wreaths Across America.

The wreaths were placed on Veterans’ graves at Weller Cemetery and Blue Ridge Cemetery the following Saturday, December 18. The wreaths were purchased by the Thurmont Lions Club and were placed by Thurmont Scouts.

Thanks to Wreaths Across America, the Thurmont Lions Club, Thurmont Scouts, Thurmont American Legion Post 168, AMVETS Post 7, and all those that attended for helping to make this event possible.

Last year, Immediate Past President Susan Favorite established a new Thurmont Lion Club (TLC) award: the “Rookie of the Year.”

This annual award honors a new member who joins the club during the current year and meets certain criteria and excels to a degree during that year. 

This year, Lion Maxine Troxell was presented the award during the club’s Charter Night on October 27. She joined the club in July 2020. During the year, the club held many sandwich sale fundraisers, and she was there for the majority of the sales, working the dessert counter. After one year as member, Lion Maxine established the website for the club. She also volunteered to be the assistant secretary, which involves many duties. She has become an invaluable and beloved member of the Lions family. Congratulations to Lion Maxine Troxell.

For more information on the Thurmont Lions Club, call 240-288-8748 or visit www.thurmontlionsclub.com.

Pictured are (from left) Lion Maxine Troxell and Immediate Past President Susan Favorite.

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The Thurmont Lions Club welcomed District Governor Barbara Brimigion to officiate the installation of officers for the year 2021-2022.

District Governor Brimigion expressed to the members that in order to have a successful year it depends upon what individual members are doing to make a difference in  the community and worldwide.  The success of the club depends on its officers.

Pictured from left are: (front row) Lisa Riffle, 1-Year Director; Jan Ely, Dues Treasurer; Julie El-Taher, 2nd Vice President; Dianne McLean, President; Maxine Troxell, Assistant Secretary; (back row) Marci Veronie, 1st Vice President; Susan Smith, Assistant Treasurer; Don Ely, 2-Year Director; George Bolling, 2-Year Director; Doug Favorite, Treasurer; Joyce Anthony, Secretary and Membership Chair; Don Keeney, Jr., Tail Twister; Susan Favorite, LCIF Chair and Immediate Past President; Gayle DiSalvo, Lion Tamer; Bill Reckley, 1-Year Director.

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During the June 23, 2021, membership meeting, Thurmont Lions Club President Susan Favorite presented Lion Joyce Anthony, immediate past president and secretary, a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. 

Lion Joyce has demonstrated her commitment to humanitarian service and has reaffirmed her dedication to the foundation’s humanitarian objectives.

This is the second Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship Award that has been presented to such a dedicated Lion.

Pictured from left are Lion Joyce Anthony and President Susan Favorite.

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The Trolley Trail is hosted by the The Thurmont Lions Club. Each year, Scouts BSA Troop 270B and G and Venturing Crew 270 spend an evening cleaning it up, to include wading in the creek to fish out trash. Thank you to the Scouts for helping to keep our environment clean. Find out more about these units at www.thurmontscouting.org. Courtesy Photo

Lion Marci Veronie was recognized by President Susan Favorite as the recipient of the prestige “Lion of the Year” Award for the Thurmont Lions Club.

Lion Marci has been a Lion for only three years, but during this time, she has excelled above and beyond her duties and accomplishments. She is the 1st vice president for the club.

Lion Marci is organizing a “Wag and Wine” project to benefit the Leader Dog program to be held in April 2022. The program was canceled last year due to COVID-19. In addition, she has chaired and participated in many club projects and fundraisers, such as Easter Egg Fundraiser, Leadership Development, Main Street Cleanup, Lions Wear, Nominating Committee, Nursing Home Christmas, Veteran’s Wreath Laying, pit sandwich sales, and so many more. Lion Marci is responsible for the clubs social media accounts.  Congratulations, Lion Marci Veronie!

Pictured from left are President Lion Susan Favorite and Lion Marci Veronie.

Education Night was held at the Thurmont Lions Club meeting on May 12, 2021, and it was a very meaningful evening for the teachers, students, parents, and administrators from the Catoctin feeder area! Lion Bob Kells Jr., chair of the Scholarship Committee, presented scholarships to five very outstanding students: Isaac Dugan (Lynn Stuart Scholarship), Ethan Burdette, Ava Maze, Savannah Morris, and Dylan Click. Pablo Arriaga will receive his fourth year of the Vic Jagow Scholarship.

Three outstanding teachers were nominated for the Teacher of the Year Award. The teachers recognized were: Katherine Best from Thurmont Elementary, Kristianne Dove from Thurmont Primary, and Sarah Gue from Thurmont Middle School.  Kristianne Dove was presented with the well-deserved 2021 Teacher of the Year award. Thank you to all of the teachers who have worked so hard to continue to educate our youth.

Pictured from left are Jen Clements, principal at Catoctin High; Ethan Burdette; Savannah Morris; Ava Maze; and Isaac Dugan. Absent from picture: Dylan Click and Pablo Arriaga.

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Officer First Class Nicole Fair was honored as Thurmont Lions Club “Police Officer of the Year” at the town meeting held on April 20, 2021. OFC Fair joined the Thurmont Police Department in July 2016. She is  a graduate of the Western Maryland Police Academy. She is currently serving as a Patrol Officer and has accepted extra assignments.

OFC Fair took an interest in Juvenile Delinquency and assisted the agency with the adoption of the Juvenile Diversion Program and serves as the agency’s liaison with the State Attorney’s Office and Juvenile Services. She is also the agency’s Gang Coordinator. Among many other duties, she tracks gang activity locally and monitors regional gang intelligence networks. OFC Nicole Fair was presented a Certificate of Appreciation, a gift certificate to a restaurant, and $400 to be donated to a charity of her choice.

Pictured from left are Lion Jonathan Hamrick and OFC Nicole Fair.

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In honor of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, Town of Thurmont Electric Department crews have recently put up banners throughout the downtown area that pay tribute to many of Thurmont’s military service Veterans.

These banners are a result of a successful Thurmont Lions Club program and show our community’s sincere appreciation for the sacrifice of each and every Veteran. 

“Please take some time and take a look at all of the Veterans who have been so appropriately honored. Thank you to all of our Veterans and their families for your selfless dedication to our country!” —Town of Thurmont.

Contributed by Lion Joyce Anthony

On March 9, 2021, the Thurmont Lions Club donated a “Brady Buggy” to the Frederick Health Hospital. The Brady Foundation makes transport animal cars for pediatrics. There are various animals you can get for the buggy, but the club chose a lion. Colorful wagons known as “Brady Buggies” are used for young cancer patients in hospitals. It allows the patient freedom to roam around the halls instead of being trapped in a tiny hospital room. An IV pole is already mounted that carries the pumps and the platelets and blood or other necessary apparatus. All you need to do is push or pull the patient and IV pole.

A thank you note received from the Pediatric staff said as follows: “Thank you so much for your generous donation of the Brady Buggy to the Pediatric Unit here at Frederick Health Hospital. We have never had anything like the Brady Buggy, and it is AMAZING! It will provide much-needed entertainment for kids that need to change the scenery of their hospital room! You are so wonderful to think of us! Thanks, again.”

Pictured from left are IPP Lion Joyce Anthony; Chari Crawford, Nurse Manager, Pediatrics Frederick Health; Staff Pediatric Nurse; Lion Kim Grimm; PDG Paul Cannada; Staff Pediatric Nurse.

Lions Club President Susan Favorite introducing Nancy Rice and her sister Carol Long. L-R Lion Albie Little, Nancy Rice, Carol Long, Lion Joyce Anthony and Lion Susan Favorite.

The Thurmont Lions Club bestowed a sister-duo its Volunteers of the Year Award for 2021. The award was announced during the April 20, 2021, Town of Thurmont meeting. Carol Long and Nancy Rice, both of Thurmont, were the recipients.

Carol Long was nominated for her tireless volunteer work within the Thurmont Community including service to the Thurmont Senior Center, Weller United Methodist Church, the Thurmont and Emmitsburg Community Show, and the Thurmont Grange. 

With the senior center, Carol serves as secretary on the board of directors. She puts together all the baskets for their raffles; she sells tickets at the center; and helps with bingo and a multitude of unending details.

She makes the grand prize quilt for the senior center’s Christmas raffle. The quilt is nicely wrapped in a clear package with the story of the quilt attached. Carol is chairperson of the senior center’s Christmas Party and runs the event which is held at the Graceham Moravian Church. Since the Christmas Party was not held in December 2020 due to COVID restrictions, she still arranged for one of her committee members to pick up over 52 door prizes which she puts in beautiful baskets or packages. The prizes were delivered to winners directly to their houses. In addition, Carol made thank you cards for all the donors and sent them out.

Carol and her sister Nancy, and Nancy’s granddaughter volunteer their baking talents making treats. They dress up and deliver the treats singing Happy Birthday to the seniors who are registered with the senior center. This has brought much joy to the seniors. Also, she participates in the drive-by parade, greeting people in the community by waving and blowing car horns from June through October.

Every fall, with the exception of fall 2020, Carol sets up the display at the annual Community Show at the Catoctin High School, where the Senior Center has a quilt on display and sells raffle tickets.

During the Senior Center monthly fundraiser at Roy Rogers on the second Thursday evening, Carol sets up and later takes down the signage. Carol’s father-in-law lives next door to her. She provides meals for him. She also helps her husband on their farm.

Since Carol has nothing else to do, she makes homemade cards from photographs with witty poems and sayings for special events or for a Board member or senior that needs a pick-me-up.

Carol retired from the banking industry. She knows so many people from being a former bank employee. She is kind, caring, honest, hard-working, and always has a smile on her face.

Nancy Rice is an individual who does her work in the background, never seeking recognition regardless of how richly she deserves it. Nancy is a director on the Thurmont Senior Center Board. She is known for the apple dumplings she was making for the monthly TSC bake sales—they sold out in minutes—and she was making dozens of them each month. She has been a part of the TSC Troupe that has been doing drive-by birthday greetings to TSC clients reminding them that they are important in a pandemic world where so many of our elderly are alone and isolated.

Nancy has been an amazing supporter of the Thurmont Lions Club although she is not a member. She has contributed countless hours to the TLC projects. She made apple dumplings for the pit sandwich sale in October, donating all her supplies and time. She has helped to paint the Community Tree ornaments, again donating her supplies and time. Most recently, she helped to paint tote bags for the TES and TPS Read-A-Thon winners to carry their winnings home. The tote bags had lions and books and motivational sayings on them, and, once again, she donated her time and supplies to the projects.

Nancy is also a devoted member of her church (Weller United Methodist Church), and in the words of her Pastor Bob Kells, “Nancy has done just about everything a volunteer can do!” She has served as a trustee, helped keep the church facilities up to snuff, sung in the choir, helped lead the singing during worship services, and performed a duet with her sister Carol at Christmas time.

Nancy served for a year as the interim Church Council chair, and Nancy was probably the last Weller member to visit a former member in a nursing home in Westminster before the woman died. Nancy told Pastor Kells how fulfilling that was for the both of them.

Nancy has artistic talents. She has drawn Christmas cards for the church and designed the current logo for the church vision, “The church on the hill with a heart for all.”

Nancy made a coloring book for children for a relative’s church and donated the proceeds from the sale of the books to the church. Nancy hand-painted the signs that sit outside the church at Christmas time. This year, she created a Resurrection scene in wood that sits on our altar.

“Nancy doesn’t reserve her good deeds to just organizations. She has delivered goodies and mowed the yard for a close neighbor who has been ill; she delivers her homemade goodies to lots of people around town. She pitches in wherever she sees a need; she brings light wherever she sees darkness and she spreads joy wherever she can.”

Nancy makes a difference in her quiet way throughout the town of Thurmont. She is one of those people with a servant’s heart.

It is time to recognize that special teacher who has made an impact on your child’s life and on your school community. Each year, the Thurmont Lions Club honors the teachers of the Catoctin High School and the feeder schools (Thurmont Primary, Thurmont Elementary, Thurmont Middle, Lewistown Elementary, Emmitsburg, Sabillasville, and Mother Seton). Anyone can nominate a teacher—parents, students, fellow teachers, and administrators. 

All nomination forms are due to Lion Gayle DiSalvo no later than Sunday, April 18, 2021. They can be emailed to Rogadodi@aol.com or mailed to Lion Gayle DiSalvo, 142 E. Hammaker Street, Thurmont, MD  21788. Please include “2021 Teacher of the Year” on the subject line if emailing. Forms are available online at www.thurmontlionsclub.com or by contacting Lion Gayle DiSalvo at Rogadodi@aol.com.

The Thurmont Lions Club 2021 Teacher of the Year will be selected from the eight finalists by a committee of community leaders and will be announced at the Thurmont Lions Club’s Education Night meeting on May 12, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Lion Gayle DiSalvo at Rogadodi@aol.com or 301-271-5355.

The Thurmont Lions Club is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Volunteer of the Year.  Nominate an individual(s) who is making a difference in the lives of others—working with children in the schools, helping at the food bank, a member of a service organization or church, a special neighbor who is always there to help whenever needed, and so forth. There are many individuals eligible for this honor. Please nominate those deserving individuals for the goodwill and volunteer services they give to help their community.

The volunteer service work must be done in the area of zip code 21788. Forms are available online at www.thurmontlionsclubs.com or by contacting Lion Mark Long at Mark.Long999@gmail.com. Nomination forms are due no later than April 5, 2021. Send your completed nomination form to Thurmont Lions Club, ATTN: Lion Mark Long, P.O. Box 306, Thurmont, MD 21788 or email to Mark.Long999@gmail.com. Thurmont Lions Club members are eligible to be nominated with the stipulation the MAJORITY (95 percent) of the volunteer services considered for the award must be performed outside of related Lions Club community service, e.g. church, school, community, another organization, etc. The recipient will be announced at the Thurmont Town meeting on April 20, 2021.

The Thurmont Lions Club had another great opportunity to hold a fundraiser to help in giving back to the community to support local and charitable organizations during COVID-19.

The club conducted its first fudge fundraiser on December 19, 2020, just in time for the holidays. They sold vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, maple, eggnog, and peppermint fudge. It was a big success, with 145 pounds sold and a sizable profit for the club.

Peanut butter and chocolate were the best sellers, followed by maple. The club would like to thank the community for helping to make this a successful fundraiser. All the profit will go back to the community.

The Thurmont Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Due to COVID-19, the meetings are held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, located on Church Street in Thurmont, or virtually. 

For more information, visit www.thurmontlionsclub.com or call 301-271-4020.

This past Christmas, the Thurmont Lions Club had the opportunity to give the residents at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home a smile during Christmas.

During these difficult times, many nursing home residents do not have the opportunity to receive the love they normally would. So, the Thurmont Lions Club wanted to show them some love during the holidays.

In November 2020, Santa deputized special elves to fill stockings and deliver them to the residents. Lions Marci Veronie, Gayle DiSalvo, Joyce Anthony, Susan Favorite, Allison Hazen, and PDG Paul Cannada answered the call. They scampered around town looking for treats to place in 72 stockings and delivered them in time for Christmas. It was a warm, fun time to spread a little Christmas cheer to folks who have had a really tough year and can’t be with their families. On December 23, 2020, PDG Paul Cannada and Lion Joyce Anthony delivered the stockings to St. Joseph’s Nursing Home. The staff was overwhelmed with generosity, and they were so thankful for the kindness and thoughtfulness of the Thurmont Lions Club. Three large boxes of Russell Stover candy were also delivered—a box for the nursing station on each floor.

The Thurmont Lions Club is collecting much-needed items for its local homeless shelters: baby diapers, baby wipes, and adult white socks. You can drop off your donations at Hobb’s Hardware on 15 E. Main Street in Thurmont, and the McLean residence on 7 Geoley Court in Thurmont (there will be a container at the garage for items). The donation deadline is January 17, 2021. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Please Join the Thurmont Lions Club on National Wreaths Across America Day on December 19, 2020.

The Thurmont Lions Club is coming together to remember the fallen, to honor those who serve and their families, and to teach the next generation about the value of freedom, by participating in National Wreaths Across America Day. The club is sponsoring and laying wreaths at the graves of over 400 Veterans. The club is asking the Thurmont community to come out and help, as many volunteers are needed for the endeavor. 

A memorial service will begin at noon at Weller United Methodist Church, followed immediately by the laying of the wreaths. The club is also accepting monetary donations to help with the costs of the wreaths.

Lion Susan Smith is coordinating volunteers and requests to attend to a certain grave. Please contact her at 240-405-8482

Detective Gerald Bowen was honored as Thurmont Lions Club “Police Officer of the Year” at the town meeting held on June 30, 2020, by Lion Jonathan Hamrick. 

Detective Bowen joined the Thurmont Police Department in 2013, after serving 19 years with the Frederick Police Department.  He is currently serving his third year as a criminal investigator in the Thurmont Police Department.  He has fulfilled this position in an exemplary manner. Detective Bowen has responded to numerous call-outs for death investigations and other significant criminal investigations. His investigations have been thorough and meticulous.  All of his case closures have been successful and have reflected well for the agency. Detective Bowen also serves as a liaison for numerous law enforcement partners in the county.

Detective Gerald Bowen received a Certificate of Appreciation, a gift certificate to a local restaurant, and $400 donated to a charity of his choice, whereby he choose St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Congratulations, Detective Gerald Bowen.

Pictured from left are: Commissioner Wayne Hooper, President Joyce Anthony, Commissioner Bill Buhrer, Detective Gerald Bowen’s family (Detective Bowen is wearing the purple tie), Mayor John Kinnaird, and Lion Jonathan Hamrick.

The Thurmont Lions Club and Maryland Patriot Guard are teaming up to collect items for the Washington D.C Veterans Community Referral Center (CRRC) to help homeless or formerly homeless Veterans and their families, along with wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Medical Center.

Items needed (please note that all items must be NEW):

Personal items (clothing for men & women):

•   New underwear, socks, undershirts, sweat shirts/pants (Size L, XL, 2XL).

•   Winterwear: coats—men sizes L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL & women sizes L, XL, 2XL; winter hats; gloves; long underwear; thick winter socks; long-sleeved shirts/flannels.

Home Goods:

•   Quilts/blankets/sleeping bags (New w/tags).

Food/drink:

•   Non-perishable canned fruits, vegetables, soups, pasta, pasta sauce, tuna, instant oatmeal, etc. Canned items preferably w/pull tab open rather than one needing a can opener.

•   Safeway grocery gift cards.

Cash donations also accepted. The Maryland Patriot Guard is a 501c3, all volunteer organization, supporting our active duty and Veteran military service members. Items will be  collected at the Thurmont Lions Club’s Pit Sandwich Sale on October 10, 2020.