During the year, the Hanover Lions Club conducts multiple service projects. We collect used eyeglasses year round and send them for processing to the Lions distribution site in Virginia. We conduct food drives four times per year, and help with projects as they come up.
March: cook for the Cub Scouts’ Blue and Gold Dinner
April: April Action Auction—individual Hanover Lions offer a service like tree pruning or room painting or fly-fishing lessons, and the public bids for the items. All proceeds support local charities or international concerns (like refugee resettlement).
May/June: Hanover Lions Service Awards given to two outstanding Hanover High School seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the community
June: All-Star Lacrosse Game between the Vermont and New Hampshire male and female high-school seniors
July: the Prouty grill tent
June through September: Grab ‘n Go—once-a-month lunches created for senior citizens
Major Community Projects
•Wilson’s Landing (Hanover’s boat launch off of Route 10)
•Bob Sparks Field at Sachem Village
•Grasse Road Field near the town’s water facility
•the Costello Memorial Field in Etna
•the Thompson Terrace (now Hank Tenney) fields
•Lions Club shelter at Storrs Pond (Dimick Pavilion)
•original bathhouse at Storrs Pond (completed in 1942)
•sound system in the Hanover Community Center
We also have frequent Fill-Up-the-Truck food collections for local food pantries. If you’d like to donate, please keep an eye out for our collections at the Hanover Food Coop or other local grocery stores.
EXAMPLE of a SERVICE PROJECT during COVID: the Hanover Lions Club—along with the Hanover Rotary Club, Hanover Hardware, and Mascoma Dental—donated items for putting together care packages in response to the COVID outbreak at Hanover Terrace. Hanover High School students helped put together the care packages for residents and workers of Hanover Terrace early in the COVID pandemic. At the time, we didn’t know how the virus was transmitted or how to most effectively stop it, but we did want to help, and we wanted them to know that we were thinking of them.