Lions Club: Giving back to community

Community organization hosting Spaghetti Dinner and Book Sale this month

Barriere Lions Club members with Ken Popp (center front) who has been a member of the organization for 46 years.

Barriere Lions Club members with Ken Popp (center front) who has been a member of the organization for 46 years.

The mission statement for all Lions Clubs is; “To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions Clubs.”

Locally, Barriere Lions Club members say they are dedicated in doing their best to address issues for the betterment of their community.

President Len VanNieuwkerek is proud of every Lion in his club, whether they are  splitting and delivering wood, serving breakfast to the elementary school kids, or building a gazebo in Fadear Park; all of the members pitch in to make light work of these projects.

This community organization is a year round service group with 28 members, and the oldest serving member being with the Lions for 46 years.

Over the last year alone, the Barriere Lions have given back to their community and charitable organizations $11,050.

They have donated to individuals and families in crisis, Barriere and Area Literacy Outreach and Success by Six.

In upcoming weeks they will donate to the Community Christmas Lunch, the School Christmas Lunch, Santa’s Breakfast, and Christmas Hampers provided for local families in need.

To support the good work of this organization, the public is invited to attend two Lions Club fundraising events this month.

On Monday. Nov. 23, from 5 – 7 p.m. their will be a spaghetti dinner at the Lions Hall.  The Club promises it will be a fun event that will also include a dessert auction.

Then on Saturday Nov. 28,  the annual Lions Club Book Sale will take place from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., also at the hall.

If you are a senior or have mobility issues, and need firewood delivered in town, please call Gary at 250-672-0301.

He will be happy to arrange a truckload to be delivered to your home for $100 per load.

If you would like to be involved in this worthy organization please contact any Lions Club member, or call Len at 250-851-6676.

Dinner meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Lions Hall.