LESTER PRAIRIE, MN The Lester Prairie Lions Club is looking for new members to help the group continue its tradition of service to the community.
During the past few years, the group has been focusing on the goal of engaging younger members to supplement its longtime volunteers, including some who have been with the group since it was formed. One of the people who answered the call was the club’s current president, Troy Feltmann.
He noted that the group hopes to attract other people, such as those who may be “empty nesters” and might have more time on their hands, as well as individuals who might be new to the community or are simply looking for a way to get involved and serve.
According to the Lions Club International website, one of the benefits of becoming a member is joining a global network of volunteers who are working together to make a difference.
There are more than 1.4 million members in more than 46,000 Lions clubs around the world.
The website states, “A Lions club is a great place to develop your leadership skills and put them into action. Each club offers opportunities to lead, along with first-class training from our global association.”
Some of the ongoing projects supported by the Lester Prairie Lions Club include:
• Soles for Souls the group collects used shoes to be donated to the needy. It has two collection sites one at the Lester Prairie Post Office, and one at the Lester Prairie School.
• Eye glasses and hearing aids collection box the Lester Prairie Lions collection box is in front of the Lester Prairie Post Office.
• Free Little Libraries the Lester Prairie Lions have two Free Little Libraries, one in Central Square Park downtown, and one in Second Avenue Park by the pool.
The Lester Prairie Lions conduct a variety of fundraising efforts throughout the year, including pancake breakfasts.
The group also gets funding through charitable gambling from its traditional pull tabs and e-pull tabs at Longhorns Burger House and the Dodge House in Lester Prairie.
Proceeds support local causes. To date, more than $250,000 has been donated by the Lions to various community organizations, as well as the Lester Prairie School and city parks.
Another way the club serves the community is through an emergency fund.
Donations from this fund have been used to provide relief to community members who have experienced events such as house fires.
The Lester Prairie Lions Club has been active in the community since 1986, and is open to anyone, male or female, interested in improving the quality of life in Lester Prairie.
Yearly dues are $50 per member. Anyone who is interested in becoming a member or would like more information is welcome to attend a meeting; call Lion President Troy Feltmann at 320-282-6520, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings take place at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday each month, either at Lester Prairie City Hall, or at Longhorns Burger House in Lester Prairie.
Lions District Governor Brian Thies is scheduled to attend the Thursday, Oct. 10 Lions meeting at Lester Prairie City Hall.
The Lester Prairie Lions are conducting a membership drive.
• WHAT? Local service organization.
• WHO? Men and women who are interested in improving the quality of life in Lester Prairie.
• WHERE and WHEN? Meetings take place at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday each month at Lester Prairie City Hall. The next meeting is Thursday, Oct. 10.
• More information? Contact Lions President Troy Feltmann at 320-282-6520, email email@example.com, or attend a meeting.