The Darien Lions Club held their annual Holiday Meeting on Nov. 14 at the Country Club of Darien. The meeting was hosted by Lions District Governor William Manthey, who outlined local, statewide, and international goals for Lions in 2020.

Peter Rogers, President of the Lions Club of Darien, spoke above the goals the club continues to work towards. “The list of service initiatives is long and varied from ongoing research to find a cure for macular degeneration, treatment for diabetes, disaster relief worldwide, all in addition to the local efforts of the Darien Lions.”

He continued, “The Darien Club presented a check to the Darien Lions Special Olympics for $5,000 to help fund competitive activities for local athletes.”

Another $5,000 donation was made to help with the purchase of a handi-capped accessible van for Charlotte Butler, a seventh grader at Middlesex Junior High who, because of a genetic disorder, is wheelchair bound.

Rogers added, “Her new wheelchair and van will allow her mobility and access to programs and activities in which she was previously unable to participate.”

The Lions Club of Darien also approved a $3,500 donation for the purchase of holiday food baskets to be distributed by Person-to-Person and the Darien Department of Social Services among others.