Family Fair highlights work of Viera Lions in area


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The Viera Lions will host Family Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at the Holiday Inn, Viera.

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There will be lots of lions in an upcoming Viera fair, but they won’t be snarling big kitties, but rather the smiling members of the Viera Lions, hosts of the Family FaIr scheduled from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at the Holiday Inn, Viera.

The free event, which combines fun with education, is representative of the Lions’ commitment to the community.

“We wanted to showcase all that Viera has to offer,” said Carl Ott, chair of the fair committee. 

“There is so much here for families.”

Co-sponsored by the Viera Company, the fair will highlight leisure events, as well as venues and providers of health, wellness and fitness products and services. The event includes a children’s area with a balloon artist and face painter, as well as special demonstrations from local dance and karate studios. 

The Viera Lions, a chapter of Lions International, also hope the fair draws attention to their well-earned reputation for community service. Lions International is the world’s largest service club organization, with 46,000 clubs around the world. The group takes pride in outreach efforts to help the young and old. 

2017 is a particularly important year for all Lions, for it marks the 100th anniversary of the organization that Chicago businessman Melvin Jones launched in 1917 after he challenged members of his local business club to reach beyond business issues and put their talents toward the betterment of their community.

In 1925, Helen Keller, when addressing the Lions Club International Convention, exhorted the membership to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” The Lions took it to heart and have since focused a significant part of their community efforts to help the visually impaired.

The Viera Lions follow that tradition by collecting used eyeglasses that are forwarded to the needy around the world. They also financially support individuals who need eye surgery but cannot afford to pay for the procedure and make possible vision screenings for pre-school children. Additionally, the Lions have provided for blood screenings to diagnose diabetes and have helped the local environment by planting trees in Brevard wetlands.

The 40 men and women who make up the Viera Lions, like their fellow 1.35 million Lions worldwide, walk the walk as far as community service is concerned, so that whenever there is a need, there is a Lion. 

The Viera Lions meet at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Charlie and Jake’s restaurant. Both men and women are invited to join the group.  

For more information on the Viera Lions and their Family Fair, call 321-610-4620 or go to e-clubhouse.org/sites/viera-page-10.php.