Sanibel Captiva Lions Celebrate Holidays with Special Dinner


Lion President Debi Almeida Congratulates Christmas prize winners Gloria and Tom Krekel

Holiday Revelers Sing for Their Supper


Accompaniment By Jan Holly








Story By Shannen Hayes….Special to the Sanibel Captiva Lions Club

The Sanibel Captiva Lions Club celebrated the holidays with a special dinner at the Captiva Island Yacht Club. Pianist and Sanibel resident, Jan Holly, serenaded guests and assisted in caroling music led by Club President, Debi Almeida.

“We always have a wonderful time together, working to give back to our community or celebrating the holidays,” said Almeida.

The Lions Club offers the opportunity to actively make a difference in the community, from cleaning up an area park or working to bring sight to the world’s blind. Recycle for Sight is one of the club’s local projects in which donated prescriptions and non-prescription eyeglasses are distributed to those in need.

Designated Recycle for Sight boxes can be found on Captiva at the Captiva Library and Bank of the islands; on Sanibel at: Ace Hardware, Bank of the Islands, Bailey’s General Store, Island Pharmacy, Jerry’s Foods, Joey’s Custard, Lazy Flamingo Periwinkle and Lazy Flamingo Santiva, Sanibel Community Bank, Library Way and Sanibel Community Bank, Periwinkle, Sanibel Library, Sanibel Eyecare, Santiva General Store, and the Senior Center-Center for Life. Off Island, the Sight Boxes can be found at the Community Thrift Store, and Southwest Florida Eye Care.

The annual Christmas Tree sales, going on now at 2431 Periwinkle Way, supports the club’s sight-based charities and delivery is available upon request. The fresh-cut Frasier Firs from Michigan range in height from 5 to 10 feet. Wreaths and tree stands are also available for purchase.

The Lions arts & Crafts Fair will be coming in March. This juried show brings artists and artisans form around the world to display their creations. Live music and a food court are part of the two-day event.

“Volunteering as a Sanibel Captiva Lion just might make a difference¬†for you, too,” said Almeida.

For more information on the Sanibel Captiva Lions Club, visit or find the club on Facebook at SanCApLions. The clubs meets on the first and third Wednesday at George & Wendy’s Corner Grill. Visiting Lions are always welcome.


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