Norris Lions Accept the Challenge

On December 15, 2011, in Club Items, by 12-N Lions

On Thursday, November 10th, Norris Lions Dennis Curtin, Vivian and Wayne Morris and Jennifer and Jim Hayes were digging holes and planting trees.  These trees are the first of over forty trees the Lions are committed to plant in the Norris community as part of the Lions Club International effort to plant one million trees over the planet – that’s almost one tree for every Lions Club member in the world!

Lion Jennifer Hayes, Tree Project Chairperson, pointed out to fellow Lions at a recent meeting that even though our community is fortunate to have no shortage of trees, there are areas that can benefit from this project.  She had made a few phone calls identifying several sites where this Lions Club International initiative could have an important local impact. 

[singlepic id=565 w=320 h=240 float=]At Norris Middle School, Principal Jeff Harshbarger told her of two dogwoods the school had lost recently.   Shade for the Lily Pad Cabin at the back of the Norris Elementary property is needed according to Principal Jess Anne Cole.  So with the purchase of two Kousa dogwoods, two red maples from Buffalo Creek nursery and a donation from Buffalo Creek of some special dirt to help the trees get started, the Norris Lions Tree Committee set to work.

Jennifer Hayes has identified other locations to benefit from the Tree Project.  Within the coming months, a screen composed of white pines will be planted at the sewer plant, and more will be used as a barrier along the edge of the soccer field.

[singlepic id=566 w=320 h=240 float=]In his recent message to Lions Club members over the world, Lions Club International President, Dr. Wing-Kun Tam pointed out, “Planting trees is vital to the health of our planet; trees save soil by reducing erosion, provide habitat for wildlife, and trees take in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. Trees improve our air, protect our water and save energy.”  While all of this has become basic knowledge to a green-conscious population, Dr. Tam offers yet another important rationale for Lions Clubs to take on this global project:  “Planting trees is a tool for partnering with other community groups.”

Norris Lions have had a long tradition of practicing community partnership.  Whether building a pavilion for our gatherings and special events, working with the Norris Food Pantry, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, honoring our veterans, celebrating our holidays, or planting a Kousa dogwood at the Middle School, Norris Lions are community partners.  They gladly accept the International Lions Club challenge.

For more information about the Norris Lions Tree Project, contact Jennifer Hayes at

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