From: Myrna Shane
You ask, “What is a Lion?” When talking about the Lions of Columbus, we are not those cute, sometimes to be feared, animals that live in the wild. We are the volunteers who try to raise funds to help our community.
During the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair, we are managing the booth in front of the grandstand. It is our pleasure to provide food and drinks for you in an effort to raise enough money to help others. When you support this booth, you are helping, too.
We are there from 5 to 10 p.m. every evening. We have added barbecue sandwiches to our regular menu. Also, we have tenderloins, fish, hot dogs and coneys, along with onion rings, French fries and nachos.
We purchased all our needs from local businesses. All we need is your support. This is our main fundraiser for the year. We count on it to support the services we provide to our community.
This year we have partnered with a Boy Scout troop to provide drinks and popcorn for all of the events in the grandstand.
Just to clue you in on some of the services we provide, our club has been helping people to get prescription glasses and used hearing aids. Those can be dropped off at our booth during the fair or put into boxes we have stationed around town.
This year we sponsored a day with Kelly Miller Circus and plan to do that again next year. This was made possible with the Bartholomew County reserve deputies directing traffic for parking.
Our biggest and most time-consuming efforts are spent at the schools doing vision screening. This is a screening only, and the purpose is to see that all children are checked for the best possible eyesight that can be found. Many children don’t realize they are not seeing well, but when screened and later have glasses, they have a chance to improve their grades, which improves their lives.
The equipment that is used for these screenings costs money, and it is owned by the district Lions. You are all such a big part of these activities when you support the local Lions’ fundraisers. Thanks to all who participate for without you none of these services can survive.
We have peeler-style coupon books at the booth for those of you who wish to save a little when you eat at local restaurants. Thank you for your support at the fair. Any time you feel you would like to help more, feel free to visit us at our regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Sirloin Stockade. We eat at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting begins at 7.