Friday , March 31 2023

Lions help seniors making exiting christmas cards

On Saturday, November 15th the Lions Club organised the first class for making greeting cards was held at the Eugenius Johnson Center in Windwardside . Lions Club President Paula Mayers greeted the participants, and volunteers from the Saba Lions Club and the community were there to assist everyone attending the class.

Seniors at work. In front: Craft teacher Sue
Seniors at work. In front: Craft teacher Sue Shanks

The beautiful and creative cards that were designed by the class was an indication that the first class was enjoyed by all.

The workshop was an initiative of Lion Judy Bobel of Windwardside. She joined the club last June. “I was very excited to hear that our new club president, Paula Mayers, wanted to initiate new projects to the senior community that would include fellowship and arts and crafts,” said Judy.  Her first thought was to contact her long- time friend, Sue Shanks, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Brookdale Living Senior Community in Cleveland, Ohio, to discuss the possibilities of bringing craft programs to Saba. While in Ohio this past June, Sue explained in detail what the project would entail and provided her with an assortment of crafts, and the one that caught her eye was the class she conducted in decorative greeting cards. “The cards were so lovely that I knew that this would be a great pilot project for the Saba Lions Club to offer to the community”, said Judy.

Greeting cards 2

The idea was welcomed and indorsed by all the members of the Lions Club. So began this new project.

She traveled back to Ohio again in August to invite Sue to Saba to conduct the first class, also to select and purchase the supplies and materials that would be needed for the class and for future classes.

Greeting cards 3

On November 17th, Sue was invited by Stacey Simmons from Child Focus to instruct a card class to students from ages 9 to 14, which they enthusiastically participated in.

The Saba Lions Club will be having another class in February which will feature Valentine cards, the day and time to be announced.

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  1. The Saba Lions Club and residents of Saba are so gracious and appreciative. I enjoyed my visit to the island and hope to be back again. Thank you to Paula, Carl, Rudolph and all the friendly people I had the pleasure to meet. A BIG THANK YOU to my good friend and host Judy Bobel ! Fondly, Sue Shanks (craft teacher ! )

  2. Hi Sue,
    This is Cousin Danny from California!
    I loved this article! So nice of you and Judy to do this Craft event.
    You are so talented and such a giving person. I hope all of the ladies there in Saba enjoyed your class. Have fun while in Saba!
    Love, Danny