Members of the Bountiful Lions Club have been busy the past month giving money to charities.

Recently, the club gave the Utah Lions Foundation, which supports the Utah Eye Bank at the University of Utah, a $2,000 donation, and last week the club's board of directors voted to give Bountiful's Parks and Recreation Department $1,200 to purchase furniture for its new patio and poolside areas at the Bubble Pool at Bountiful Park.In addition, the Lions board voted to send three youths to Boys State, one from each of the area high schools, Viewmont, Bountiful and Woods Cross high, and voted to give $200 to the Eyes to Opportunity - Born to Lead 4-H Club of Kaysville, a Davis County-wide group that raises guide dogs for the blind.

The Bountiful Lions Club, which is celebrating its 50th year of service to its community this year, holds its largest fund-raising drive, the Bountiful Lions Turkey Shoot, the weekend before Thanksgiving every year at the Bountiful Lions Rifle Range east of the city on the mountainside near the "B".

Funds earned at the trapshooting event are then used throughout the year to support charities that benefit those who are blind and deaf and to construct community projects in Bountiful.

Last year, the club built a bowery at Bountiful City Park, constructed two children's playgrounds, at a park near Five Points and at Mueller Park, and contributed to many other charities and community projects.

The Lions Rifle range, which includes a 100- and 200-yard high power rifle range, a 25-yard pistol range and trapshooting facilities, is open to the public nearly every day of the year, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to dusk. The range is operated as a public service. A nominal daily fee of $1.50 is charged shooters to use the range.