Clayton Lions Help Local Boy Scout Earn his Eagle Award Badge

May, 2016 - The Clayton Lions Club helps Scout earn his Eagle Award Badge. Nick Leedem, age 16, of Boy Scout Troop 124 in Clayton, N.C. became an Eagle Scout. He won the award for his idea to hand build a “Distraction Center” for placement at Johnston Health Clayton on Route 42 in Clayton. Nick was invited to a Clayton Lions Club meeting where Nick explained the purpose of his Distraction Center. “The center will aid young kids in passing the time while waiting to see a doctor at the hospital. It would be stocked with games and books to help pass the time and reduce the stress and worry associated with a medical center visit.” The Clayton Lions Club was pleased to donate $100 to help Nick defray some of the expenses for his project for his project.


 Eagle Scout Nick Leedem stands with one of the two “Distraction Centers” he built.  Nick and his sister Katie stock the “Distraction Center” with books and games.




September 1st, 2015- The Clayton Lions Club recently promoted literacy and reading by presenting a check for the purchase of new library books to the Cooper Elementary School Librarian, Michele Byrd. This event is part of the Lions Clubs International Reading Action Program, a global literacy initiative that focuses on implementing reading and education projects to help increase literacy rates worldwide.

“Lions are dedicated to providing service. That renowned dedication will help us in everything we do – including participation in the Reading Action Program to promote reading,” said Dan Gilmartin, President of the Clayton Lions Club. In addition to the current literacy project, the club runs a variety of service projects, including free vision exams, Camp Dogwood for the visually impaired, support of the Clayton food bank, and help with the cost of eye glasses.

Lions clubs are groups of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Clayton Lions Club, please contact Linda Leuser at 919-938-0000.

L to R- Clayton Lions 1st VP Joe Leuser, Cooper Elementary School Librarian Michele Byrd,

Clayton Lions Club Community Outreach Chairperson Linda Leuser.


Clayton Lions Club Helps
Cleveland Elementary School, Clayton NC
Pre- School Special Needs Program


In December, 2014 1st V.P. Joe Leuser, Clayton Lions Chaplain Linda Leuser, along with Clayton Lions 2nd V.P. Cris Hoffman and his wife Judy delivered badly needed supplies and gifts from the Lions Club.


The supplies were donated to the Special Needs Children’s program and provided items urgently needed by the teachers but had no funding by the district.


The teachers were overjoyed and the kids were so excited to dig into all items and new toys the children now have to play with. The staff gave thanks for all the support the Lion's Club provided.

Among the donated items were a double stroller, a portable CD player, four booster seats, kinetic sand and snacks and housekeeping items.






Clayton Lions Club - Brighter Visions Cruise Fundraiser

On November 9th, 2014 members of the Clayton Lions boarded the beautiful Norwegian Sun in Tampa Florida for a week long cruise. The cruise included visits to ports in Roatan, Belize, Cozumel and Costa Maya.
Accompanied by several members of Calabash Lions Club, friends, and family, members enjoyed a week of calm seas, sun, and fun, along with great activities on-board the ship and at the various ports of call. Fortunately, all offenses normally considered fine-able by our Tail Twister were forgiven during the cruise.  We enjoyed a great week with our fellow Lions, getting to know them on a more personal basis.  The cruise was even enjoyed by a visually-impaired member of our club. She and our group were very grateful for the exemplary assistance given her by the cruise staff, which even included a special personal ship tour for her after boarding the ship in Tampa.
Working with Clayton travel agency Carefree Vacations (owned and operated by our very own Lions Jeri & Rich Bothroyd) and Norwegian Cruise Line, the Clayton Lions were able to raise over $1650 for Brighter Visions with nine families cruising in our group.  This was accomplished by raffling a cruise for two, and obtaining donations from the traveling group and Norwegian Cruise Line.  Carefree Vacations is happy to work with any Lions Club to run similar fundraisers, and may be contacted at (919) 585-7105, or by e-mail at

L. to R.: Clayton Lions Chaplain Linda Leuser, 1st. VP Joe Leuser, Secretary Colleen Gilmartin, President Dan Gilmartin, Lion Marianne Hunt, 2nd VP Cris Hoffman, Tail Twister Jeri Bothroyd, Immediate Past President and Cruise Chairman Rich Bothroyd.

Roatan, Bay Island, Honduras


Lion Marianne, Hunt, Calabash Lions Secretary Linda Siegelwax, District 31H 2nd Vice District Governor Irwin Siegelwax, Sandy & Rich Durn. The Sun docked in Cozumel






Clayton, NC – In a show of support to our US military serving in Afghanistan, the Clayton Lions Club conducted an “Adopt a Marine” program, chaired by Lion Colleen Gilmartin, and arranged for needed items to be airlifted to 1st Battalion 7th Marines deployed there. The eight boxes weighing over 300 pounds, was flown into the country late in July, and reached the troops on August 1st.


The shipment included food and items such as Slim Jims, cookies, crackers, condiments and other requested supplies not readily available to deployed military units to the Marines stationed at the camp in Afghanistan.


“The airlifting of these supplies is another example of our ongoing mission to initiate positive contributions in response to special needs of the local community, as well as around the globe,” observed Dan Gilmartin, President of the Clayton Lions Club.


The boxes included notes of thanks and good wishes from the Lions Club membership, as well as from the children of Good Samaritan United Church of Christ of Garner. Rev. Linda Leuser’s “Kids Clubhouse” Program supplied the children’s notes which were gratefully accepted by the Marines. Reverend Linda is an active member of the Clayton Lions Club.


The Clayton Lions Club is part of the world’s largest service organization with some 1.35 million members.  Club programs include hands-on help for seniors and disadvantaged youngsters, the addressing food concerns, and help for the visually and hearing impaired.

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