“We do a lot of initiatives with groups like Glimmerglass. For example, on May 10, in conjunction with the village we will be restoring five historic markers in our area that are in need of repair,” said McCaffery.
More efforts to help the community will continue throughout the year. The adopt-a-highway project involves cleaning one mile of State Route 28 between Cooperstown and Fly Creek three times a year.
McCaffery also talked about the Project Prom Safe Rides where the group offers to provide transportation at 4 a.m. Sunday morning after the prom.
The club also assists at the ATC Endurance sponsored Cooperstown Sprint Triathlon taking place May 25 at Lakefront Park, which is anticipated to draw its largest field of competitors this year.
The list of good works continues, including serving local senior citizens dinner at CCS before Thanksgiving and sponsoring lunches for Habitat for Humanity when they are building a house in the area. In order to fund their projects, the group sells Christmas trees as well as holding other fundraising events.
Two of these highlights are the fall Duck Derby at the Fly Creek Cider Mill and the village Winter Carnival.
“It’s a lot of fun to see the rubber ducks launched to race down the creek. The kids love it and it’s a good fundraiser for us,” McCaffery said.
The Lions do not forget Cooperstown’s youth. They are sponsors for the Leos Club. A group of approximately 50 young people ages 12 to 18 work in conjunction with the Lions in various community initiatives. This program provides the opportunity for teenagers to get involved with volunteering for their community.
Additionally the Lions give two scholarships to technical colleges every year.
Once a month, meetings include a speaker presentation.
“Usually we bring in people to showcase their talents and have them let our members in on what’s going on in our community,” McCaffery said. “Last week we had Steve Zerby of Design/build LLC of Westford come and talk about restoration of historical homes with minimum effect to let them become more heat efficient. The week before we had Joe Middleton who’s the newest manager of the Clark Estate and all their different entities.
“Next month we’re having Jim Miles, the general manager of The Otesaga come to bring us up to date on what’s happening,” he continued. “It’s not always about community. Sometimes we have things that are just for general interest.”
Lions Club meetings take place 6:30 p.m. September through June, on the first and third Wednesdays at the Tunnicliff Inn. For more information visit e-clubhouse.org/sites/cooperstown/.