Perry Lions exit den in post-pandemic activities

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Progressive Foundry leaders Jason VanKirk, left, and Kirk VanKirk, center, are thanked for their April 26 presentation by Perry Lions Club President Rick Hoesing.


With the apparent waning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Perry Lions Club is getting more active now that most of the club’s member have received their vaccinations.

The Perry Lions enjoyed a program April 26 presented by Kirk VanKirk and Jason VanKirk of the Progressive Foundry, who talked about the history of the longtime Perry industry and its plans for the future.

Also in April, the Perry Lions conducted vision screenings for 56 preschool students and sent the results to the University of Iowa Hospital for further evaluation. The annual sight screenings were omitted last fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a related activity, the Lions gathered 100 pairs of old eye glasses and took them to the Iowa Lions Club state office in Ames. The eyeglasses will be sorted, classified and donated to needy people in developing countries as part of the Lions Club International program.

On May 10 the Lions held their semiannual roadside cleanup along Iowa Highway 141 west of Perry. The members picked up about 300 pounds of litter out of the roadside ditches.

At a recent meeting, the membership voted to award two $1,000 scholarships to Perry High School students graduating in 2021. All seniors are urged to apply. For more information, contact a Perry High School counselor.

The Perry Lions Club’s next major activity will be setting out American flags on Memorial Day May 31. If you are interested in having an American flag put on your property five times a year by members of the Perry Lions Club and Perry Optimist Club for a reasonable fee, contact Perry Lion Dave Wright at Medicap Pharmacy.

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