After 86 years of serving the people of the Hayward California community, the Hayward Lions Club has turned in its charter. Dwindling membership, ageing members and a lack of community interest led to the demise of this club. Through the years, many friendships were made, much fun was had working on a variety of projects, and a lot of money and assistance was donated to local, national and international organizations in need. The members have hosted foreign students in their homes and made friends all over the world. They have assisted hundreds of children in obtaining eye glasses, and other eye care through the University of California and the Lion Eye Foundations. Members have traveled throughout Mexico at their own expense bringing eyesight to hundreds of folks who otherwise would never have had that resource. As for remaining members, some will join neighboring Lions Clubs, some will move on to other organizations, but no matter where they go, but no matter where they go they will take with them the memories of camaraderie and good fellowship they have all experienced. The bottom line is when we lose philanthropic, humanitarian organizations like the Lions Clubs it is a loss for us all. Without organizations like the Lions Clubs, the Kiwanis, the Rotary, the Eagles, the Elks, etc. etc. etc. our humanity is in danger. We all have excuses for not joining a philanthropic organization or a non-profit club. We are too busy with work, kids, family, home, yoga classes, and more, but can you spare 2 hours a week to help someone else? Instead of writing a check, give your time. Do it as a family. Get off the couch, pull the kids away from the television and the computer. Ring bells for the Salvation Army at Christmas, feed the poor at a homeless shelter, join a philanthropic organization. As human beings, we have an obligation to help our fellow man. Try it and at the end of the day you will find that people helping people makes for a better world, a better country, a better community.