Rockland Lions Walk for Sight

October 4, 2011


Torrents of rain and wind greeted the half dozen diehard Lion members as they rolled into the Scussett Beach Reservation on Saturday at seven am. I could almost feel the cold rain dripping off my back -  just from watching them from the comfort of my camper’s sofa with binoculars. King Lion, Al Barr, had his pride in high gear as they rolled out the tents, trailers, grills, and gadgets for this annual event.
Event Chairman,Rockland King Lion, Al Barr

Pat Foley and Jared Valanzola serve up Kevin Quill some fried dough.

Karen, Mal, Frank and Gary all walked and worked.

The pressure was on Rockland King Lion, Al Barr, this year as event chairman for the entire district. Clubs from all over the district began to roll in and set up shop in the vast Scussett parking lot. Soon, the rain let up, my coffee ran dry and I was able to safely exit the new space shuttle and  join my soggy Lion members for the festivities. Dozens of walkers with hundreds of sponsors made the walk along the Cape Cod Canal and back. Lion’s clubs from all over the district provided all kinds of food and drink for the walkers. Sausage, peppers and onions, clam chowder, French fries, burgers ,dogs,  fried dough – were all free to the walkers and their guests. The event was a huge success despite the dismal forecast and morning rain. Al Barr said the district hopes to raise about twenty thousand dollars from the “Walk Along” to fight blindness through eye research.

The Scussett Beach Reservation is the perfect location for this annual event to fight blindness. The spectacular beach on one side, with the Cape Cod Canal on the other, is connected by a huge swath of gorgeous marsh land. Many of the Lion members camp over for the entire weekend each year for the event. Scussett offers large, grassy campsites with electric and water hook ups for only $20.00 per night.


The Rockland Lions Club – ” The Club That Has No Fun”.