Isanti Lions Club stays busy

Besides roaring we do a few other things. In the local area there are
five Lions Clubs in what we call our zone. They are Cambridge Lions
Club, North Branch Lions Club, Rush City Lions Club, Grandy Lions Club
and Isanti Lions Club.

Greg Wuerflein
Isanti Lions member

Besides roaring we do a few other things. In the local area there are five Lions Clubs in what we call our zone. They are Cambridge Lions Club, North Branch Lions Club, Rush City Lions Club, Grandy Lions Club and Isanti Lions Club.

I am a member of the Isanti Lions. Here are several major things the Isanti Lions have done over the years.

The development of the Isanti Community Center was an early project that involved free labor by Lions and others and cost of materials paid by Isanti Lions.

Isanti Lion (Past District Governor) Skip Soderberg and Isanti Lion Bob Bergman were instrumental in these early efforts. The community center started out as the old train depot. Five additions were made to bring it to what we see today. The full commercial kitchen and all tables and chairs were purchased by Isanti Lions. The community center is used by many groups as well as being rented out for wedding receptions etc. Isanti Lions also conduct Lions Bingo every Friday night and hold meetings on Monday nights in the community center.

When the Ice Arena in Isanti was going to be built Isanti Lions gave $10,000 per year for four years for a total of $40,000 toward the construction of the arena.

For the past 26 years the Isanti Lions have headed up the Isanti County Christmas Project. This year food was provided for 419 families and gifts for 1080 children. This was accomplished through donations and volunteers from around the county.

Lions themselves put in many hours organizing the project ahead of time. Then a week before they are distributed, Lions pick up food and gifts from local stores and individuals. The high school collected canned food that took four trucks to haul it all down to the community center. Lions sort the food into boxes that are numbered indicating this is for a specific family.

The gifts are wrapped by volunteers from the community and are numbered correspondingly for a specific family. This is a great organizational feat. This would not be possible without the Isanti Community Center.

Unfortunately, this year resources were a little short. There was no meat to put in the food boxes. However, we were able to put certificates for turkeys in 50 boxes of those with the largest families.

In an effort to remedy this and other needs in the community we are planning another fundraising event.

On March 20, Isanti Lions will be cooking for the community. We will be having a pancake breakfast to support community needs.

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