Faculty, staff and students were sad to learn on June 30 the Palo Alto Chapter of the Lions Club elected to close their doors. The Palo Alto Club was chartered in 1927 and raised over $1 million for local charities. At Saint Elizabeth Seton School, over a period of 23 years, the school was blessed to receive close to $30,000.
The Lions motto, “we serve”, was clearly lived out by the members of this local chapter. For decades, they worked with veterans to raise awareness about blindness through a popular White Cane Day Event. (Approximately 50 blind people walked with their canes down University Avenue in Palo Alto.). Their main fundraiser, the popular car show Concours d’ Elegance will be remembered by many in our community.
The Lions Club also has a keen interest in Youth Outreach, so they connected with Saint Elizabeth’s several years ago. Sponsoring sports equipment was a particular area of interest for them, to encourage healthy development.
“We will miss the ongoing financial support from the Lions, but more so their generous volunteer efforts over the years. Their gift of service will not be forgotten,” said Evelyn Rosa, Principal.
“We thank the Lions for being tremendous role models for our students and for all of us. Dedicated to serving the needs in our local community,” said Ellen Maguire, Vice Principal.
A few members will be joining other regional Lions Clubs chapters, and for that we wish them continued success. LIONS – Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nations Safety … You certainly made an impact in the lives of our students and their families here at Seton School.