Cornwall Lions President Jim McGee along with past presidents Randy Clark & Peter Brandt, accept on behalf of the Lions Club of Cornwall a gracious donation towards one of Lions core foundational Services, Eye Care for the Blind.
The Cornwall Lions Club was formed in 1932 to provide community leadership in many areas of civic need and to the greater goals of Lions International.
The Lion’s fiscal year follows the school calendar: July-June.
Annually the Cornwall Lions raise and distribute nearly $25,000 for Lions-specific causes:
• Sight & Hearing,
• Diabetes and its prevention
• Lions College Scholarships for local high school students
• Christmas gifting for needful families
• BFF Program – backpacks for food for school children
• Purchase of vision screening machine for children
Donations to two local eye/vision foundations:
• Marchello Miracle Foundation
• Support of Blackrock Forest Consortium Summer Science Camp Scholarship
• Cornwall Historical Society
• The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley
• The Highland [Fire] Engine Company of Cornwall
• The Storm King [Fire] Engine Company of Cornwall
Since 1932, the Cornwall Lions have provided community leadership in many areas of civic need. The proceeds of the club’s many fundraising projects go to the Cornwall Lions Club Community Service Fund. Club members then decide at meetings where the money is needed most with a special emphasis toward funding organizations and needy people – particularly those with special needs in sight, hearing and diabetes.
The Cornwall Lions have dinner meetings the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:45PM, preceded by a Board of Directors/Officers meeting at 6:00PM.
The dinner meetings are held at Canterbury Brook Inn – cost is $23 for members and free for invited guests and member prospects [by invitation].
In the Fall of 2021 Lion Ron Tulloch saw an advertisement at a local store in Cornwall, NY for free tickets to the newly opened Legoland New York Resort Theme Park in nearby Goshen, New York. He wondered, “How could the Cornwall Lions Club treat local children to this new theme park attraction.”
Kaitlyn Longhren, Executive Assistant at Legoland New York Resort was contacted and Lion Tulloch was put in contact with Alyson Barber, Foundation Manager for Legoland’s Merlin’s Magic Wand Foundation.
Merlin’s Magic Wand Foundation was established by Merlin Entertainments in 2012 and serves children between the ages of 2-18 who are facing serious illness, disability or adversity. The charity provides complimentary tickets and can fund a contribution towards a travel grant for families to enjoy their day at a Merlin’s Entertainments attraction theme park. Lion Tulloch thought that this opportunity could be offered to children in the Cornwall Central School District who had visual, hearing impairments, or diabetes — all part of the major focus of Lions International and individual Lions Clubs worldwide.
Nicole Tirassi, Director of Pupil Personal Services for the Cornwall District was contacted. Originally thirteen (13) children and families were identified. Nine (9) families chose to participate, and on June 4th, 2022, these families and their child were treated to a complimentary fun day at the Goshen Park thanks to Merlin’s Magic Wand Foundation, with food and beverages financed by the Cornwall New York Lions Clubs.