By Terry Rogers
As part of the Lion’s Club International’s Centennial Celebration, Milford Lion’s Club recently committed to a $100,000 donation to Bayhealth as part of their capital campaign to raise money for their new health campus. The new campus will be constructed just off of Route 1 between Elks Lodge, Wilkins and Cedar Creek Roads.
“This is part of our Legacy Projects,” Clyde Bragg, Secretary of the Milford Lions Club, said. “As part of our 100-year celebration, we are donating to projects that will exist in perpetuity. We have agreed to donate $10,000 per year for the next ten years from the Eunice Reed fund. We have not discussed with the hospital how the donation will be recognized for the donation. We will require that if a meeting room or other location in the hospital is named in honor of the donation, that Mrs. Reed’s generosity be recognized.”
Eunice Reed was an employee of Milford School District and a longtime Milford resident. After her death, she left the majority of her estate to the Milford Lions Club with the stipulation that they use the funds to give back to the community she loved so much. Mr. Bragg said that the funds were invested and the Milford organization uses the interest on the initial investment each year to support local organizations. Gaillyn Wadkins-Berry, Chairman of the Legacy Committee, said that the donation to Bayhealth was just one of the many endeavors the chapter planned to embark on in celebration of their 100th anniversary.
“Our motto is ‘We Serve,’ where we live as well as globally,” Ms. Wadkins-Berry said. “Although we are mostly known for initiatives in vision health, our service is as diverse as our members. The new hospital will be a tremendous asset for Milford and we knew we wanted to contribute in some way to the new health campus.”
Mr. Bragg said that Bayhealth presented information about the new health campus at a recent meeting and the presentation encouraged the membership to agree to a large donation. He said that although it is in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the national organization, the entire donation will come from the local chapter.
“Milford Lions give 100 percent of donations to causes our membership finds important,” Ms. Wadkins-Berry said. “All of our costs are covered through the dues each member pays. In addition to the Bayhealth donation, we have funded wheelchair ramps for those who need them, we have provided scholarships, veterans assistance, civic improvement and youth programs throughout the Milford area. Our chapter contributes more than $125,000 annually in our community.” Ms. Wadkins-Berry said that fundraisers such as the Lions Club Telephone Directory, Car raffle and Golf Tournament add to the money available to support local organizations.
In addition to funding local organizations, Milford Lions Club also performs many acts of community service, including road and cemetery clean ups, traffic assistance to other organizations during events, food drives and more. Ms. Wadkins-Berry said that no matter what the group is doing in the community, they try to have fun at the same time.
Milford Lions Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at the Carlisle Fire Department in Grier Hall with dinner at 6:15 PM. Visitors are welcome to attend but must notify the club one week prior that they plan to attend. More information is available at www.milfordlions22d.com or through their Facebook page.
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