The scholarship winners are Keila Huacuja and Peter Tran of Edgewood High School, Jacob Gonzalez of International Polytechnic High School, and Megan Tran of West Covina High School.
These scholarship awards are based on both the academic achievement and community service of the student.
As Lions, our goal is to encourage and reward the volunteerism performed by students.
Members of our Club strongly believe in higher education and eagerly encourage students to attend college. We believe that college provides a stimulating environment for broadening the academic and social knowledge base of youth. We also encourage students to continue their volunteer work in the community.
Sam is a black Labrador retriever puppy who was born May 11, 2015.
West Covina Lions are sponsoring this loveable puppy through Guide Dogs of the Desert. He was named Sam to honor one of our beloved past members, Sam Swartz.
Guide dogs from Guide Dogs of the Desert change the lives of the blind by offering them safe mobility, loving companionship, and life-enhancing independence.
Puppy Sam has been placed in a volunteer puppy raiser home to learn about the world and to form that important first bond with humans. He will spend the next 14-16 months being taught good manners, being socialized, and getting lots of love. During this time, the puppy raiser will take Sam to puppy training classes, puppy fun days, restaurants, on vacation, and if possible to work or school.
Between age 20-24 months, Sam will return to the school for formal guide dog training. He will then undergo a variety of tests to determine his ability to perform the demanding work of a guide dog. These include heart, hip, shoulder, and elbow x-rays, an eye exam, and behavioral evaluations.
If Sam does not meet the requirements to become a guide dog, there are several “change of career” options which Guide Dogs of the Desert will explore. The organization is now collaborating with organizations that train dogs for Medical Alert, PTSD, Autism, and Balance and Mobility Service.