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Canine Companions for Independence participated at the 16th annual Cars on 5th show held on February 8, 2020 on beautiful 5th ASouth in Naples, FL. This event, the larday event in Naples, is organized by the Naples Chapter of the Ferrari Club of America. The President of the Ferrari Club invited 102205.Newsletter.WEB page6 image1Canine Companions to participate for the 2nd year in a row.

The show featured more than 575 cars including more than 125 Ferraris and other exotic, vintage muscle cars and more. Although they were competing with such exotic cars as Lamborghini, Porsche, and Alfa Romeo, the Canine Companions pups captured the attention of many of the 30,000 attendees of the show.

The event raised $501,000 in important funds for St. Matthew’s House, a charity devoted to help the homeless and those in need in the Southwest Florida area.

Lion Jim and I enjoyed our day at the event helping Canine Companions create awareness and sharing all the great benefits of an assistance dog and how Lions have supported for over 35 years. Definitely a show you want to attend if you’re given the opportunity!

Respectfully Submitted by Michele Purton, LPCCI President

 102205.Newsletter.WEB page2 image2I am very honored to serve as Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence (LPCCI) President for 2020-2021.
Following Teresa Hart as President will be a tough job and I am proud to carry on with the guidance she has given LPCCI.

My husband and I started our affiliation for Canine Companions for Independence in 2002 when we started puppy raising with a
beautiful black lab/golden retriever cross named Mercer. We are now raising our 10th Canine Companions puppy, Disco, who will matriculate in November. He is being co-raised by Lion Linda
Baran, a first-time puppy raiser who has already applied for another pup.

Our affiliation with Lions started later, in 2005. I knew very little about Lions but our community was establishing a new Lions Club. The incoming President of the new Club recruited us as members. I joined simply because of the LPCCI. Had there not been that connection with Canine Companions, I doubt that I would be a Lion today. Now, seeing the wonderful work that Lions do world-wide makes me proud to be a member of the organization.

My husband, Jim, works tirelessly for the Lions and for
LPCCI. He served a LPCCI President in 2014-2015 and will be a big help to me as I take on the upcoming Presidency. I am hoping for
the same support from other LPCCI members. The current COVID-19 situation challenges us to find new ways to make a difference but I am
confident that we will do so. WE SERVE.

Respectfully submitted by, Michele Purton, LPCCI President

 I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years of Presidency! There have been many successes and a few frantic times while learning about Lions and Lions Project for Canine Companions, and stepping outside my comfort zone to lead this wonderful giving organization. During my presidency, I was proud to be a part of three puppy raisers becoming Lions and Trustees and five Lions Clubs in North Central Region became members of LPCCI.102205.Newsletter.WEB page2 image1
As I close this chapter as your outgoing president, I will leave you with this: as Lions, “We Serve”! Never give up, remain positive and think outside the box to attain our goals. My personal goals for the coming year are to purchase two Abdul Awards, sell five Opportunity Drawing books, sign up two new Lions Clubs as members of LPCCI, add two Trustees in the North Central Region and purchase two Life Memberships. I urge everyone to set goals for the coming year as well.

Let’s all give Michele Purton a big warm welcome and our support as LPCCI President for 2020-2021. Together we can make the coming year an awesome one for Lions Project for Canine Companions.

Yours in Lionism, Teresa Hart, LPCCI Past President

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