Visalia Pride Lions Turned Two


Jimmy Ruiz, Jennifer (accepting on behalf of Juan Sanchez) and Zachory Bland


On Saturday, June 9th, the Visalia Pride Lions celebrated their second anniversary of being a chartered Lions club. They have had two wonderful years servicing the community, our community. Some of their accomplishments include; GSA outreach and library creation, public beautification projects, LGBT elder education and outreach and I can’t forget how instrumental they have become in my holiday toy drive.


New this year, and definitely noteworthy, was their scholarship program. The VPLC was able to give out 3-$500.00 scholarships to local LGBT individuals. One of those scholarships was in memory of EricJames Borges and was especially touching. The monies for that scholarship were donated by the individual members themselves, as well as donations from the public. I hope, we as a community, can keep the EricJames Memorial Scholarship Fund alive for future years to come. Congratulations to this years scholarship recipients; Jimmy Ruiz, Juan Sanchez and Zachory Bland. May you all have much success making a difference in our world.


As the Visalia Pride Lions head into their third year of service, the sky is truly the limit on what they can accomplish. The only thing that can enhance this club more, is your membership and involvement. To learn more about VPLC, join them at Mimi’s in Visalia on the first and third Mondays of each month. You can also find them on Facebook:


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