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Two clubs are better than one


Jack Clark (left ) presents door prize to Art Probst (right)

Jack Clark (left ) presents door prize to Art Probst (right)

By Nancy Noreen

The Rotary and Lions Clubs of Cedar Springs met together for their annual picnic Wednesday evening, August 20.

During the get-together, Rotary President Carolyn Davis asked Jack Clark, the longest sustaining Rotary member, to present the traditional door prize to Art Probst, the longest sustaining Lions member. This custom began in 2006, when the Lions bestowed the Rotarians with an actual door as a “door prize.”  Since 2006 the door prize has passed back and forth between the groups.

N-Rotary-lions2-group-webThis year Dan and Carolyn Davis upgraded the door with photos of some of the good works the Clubs have done in the community as well as informational data about each group. Although the Rotary/Lions picnics are currently centered around eating and talking, that wasn’t always the case.

The joint picnics began shortly after the Lions Club was chartered in 1959. They were held in Morley Park and the highlight of the gathering was the tug-of- war between the Clubs. One year the rope snapped and Lion Ed Hoven ended up with a broken nose, after it was accidentally jabbed by a tumbling teammate. Whether or not a broken rope and busted nose were the cause, the joint picnic moved to Gordon Park with a game of volleyball replacing the tug-of-war.

Lions President Jerry VanderWal shared that Lions does not symbolize wild jungle animal. L-I-O-N-S stands for: “Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation’s Safety,” great watchwords for every citizen.

The Lions and Rotary mottos “We Serve” and “Service Above Self,” aptly describe these two organizations. Cedar Springs is privileged to have active Rotary and Lions Clubs. Their labors benefit the whole community.

 

 

 

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Lions plant trees along trail


Photo courtesy of Friends of White Pine Trail.

On April 14 and 17, the Cedar Springs Lions Club planted 400 Red and White Pine seedlings along the White Pine Trail between 16 and 18 Mile Roads. This is the area that the Lions Club maintains. A portion of the trees also went to three locations on the school grounds.

Volunteers that helped plant the trees included Cub Scout Troop 3222 and Boy Scout Troop 222. “They did a great job,” said Lions Club member Jerry VanderWal.

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Sand Lake Lions recycle for sight


As spring cleaning gets underway, the Sand Lake Lions are asking people to look through dresser drawers and closets for used eyeglasses and donate them to the Lions Recycle for Sight program.

During the months of April and May, the Sand Lake Lions Club will be collecting used prescription eyeglasses and prescription and non-prescription sunglasses as part of a unique recycling program. The collected glasses will be cleaned and prepared for distribution in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.

“We need everyone to donate their used eyeglasses, reading glasses and sunglasses,” said Rick Long, project chairman. “In most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as one month’s wages and a single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people.”

The donated glasses will be shipped to a regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription, and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups.

To donate used glasses (including sunglasses and reading glasses), place them in the specially marked Lions Recycle for Sight collection boxes located in Sand Lake at Independent Bank, Wesco, the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library, and Sand Lake Foods.

The Sand Lake Lions Club is looking for new members, and meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., and the fourth Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved, please contact Rick Long at (616) 813-7533.

 

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Sand Lake Lions


Guy and Karen Hayden, both 20-year members from the Sand Lake Lions Club, attended the Greenville Lions Club’s 75th Anniversary Event held at the Candlestone Inn in Belding on June 24, 2011.
Guest speaker was past International Director, Lion Dr. Dennis Cobler from Muskegon, Michigan. According to the Haydens, Lion Cobler pointed out that of the 25 top world relief agencies, three have annual budgets of $1 billion or more, yet Lions relief workers are nearly always among the first to arrive with help at disaster zones.
Lion Guy is 1st Vice President, and Lion Karen is Secretary of the Sand Lake Lions.

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Lions honor 30-year charter member


Charter member Carl Paepke, Past District Governor Lynnwood Mast, wife Lion Jan Mast, Sand Lake’s First Vice President Guy Hayden, and Johh Monahan, soon to be District Governor.

On Wednesday, June 8, the Sand Lake Lions Club held an invitational, informative meeting for people to learn about Lions International. Lion dignitaries present were 1st Vice District Governor John Monahan, of Mt. Pleasant, who will become District Governor on July 1 for 2011-12, and past District Governor Lynnwood Mast and wife, Lion Jan, from White Cloud. Both gentlemen gave brief explanations of the Lions projects in which they are most involved. The invited guests’ questions were also answered.
The highlight of the evening was the surprise presentation of the “President’s Appreciation Award Medal” to charter member Lion Carl A. Paepke, in recognition of 30-plus years of serving. King Lion Erin Allen, who gave a summary of the life of service that Carl has lived made the presentation.
Lion Carl refers to himself as “just a farm boy” but he is much more than that. His whole life has been exemplary of service. He served in World War II, has served the local, national and international communities for over 30 years as a dedicated Lion, and serves as County Commissioner in Montcalm County.
He said, “I like people.” And he lives the Lion motto: “We serve.”

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