There is no better way of building a good feeling about one's self, about one's life, and about one's community than by joining with friends and neighbors for social interaction and participation in a project that benefits everyone around them.
Members of the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club know all about the corporate and personal benefits of an active, community-oriented lifestyle.
And they added another credit to their year-round record of positive community service last weekend.
On Friday, club members gathered to roll up their sleeves for a lively session bagging local apples for the annual end-of-season fruit sale in Eckert.
Then on Saturday, the gold-vested club members staffed the Fritchman apple shed helping people pack home great bargains on the freshest local fruit around.
It's all for the benefit of community, and Lions Club members do it for the love of community and for the inner satisfaction that comes from service to others.
There is an undeniable feeling of connectedness with community that comes by seeing a local student return home, a new college graduate, knowing that you had helped raise tuition money for their college scholarship donated by the local Lions Club.
Proceeds from last weekend's annual end-of-season sale are being donated to the Lions by Fritchman Orchards.
From the Lions Club those funds will go to help someone you may know – that local high school student with sights set on college, or to an elderly neighbor down the street who has received vision care and treatment from one of the Lions Club eye and vision facilities that operate in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.
And while the money this local club raises goes immediately to the benefit of others in the community, the feeling of accomplishment that comes by doing good for others is entirely the property of the Lions Club members themselves, to keep and enjoy for the rest of their lives.
Gold-vested members of the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club are visible and familiar participants in community events throughout the year. Their fund raisers increase the participation and enjoyment of community events like the Little Britches Rodeo, Heritage Day at Pioneer Town, and AppleFest.
Projects like the children's Easter egg hunt and the annual Health Fair make contributions to community life that are remembered and effectively working long after the events have ended.
And that isn't all. Whether it is eye research, helping provide seeing eye dogs, measles immunizations, or supporting challenged kids at life skills camp, members of the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club have a hand in making it all possible.
Turning fresh local produce into college scholarships for deserving CHS graduates is no trick of magic for members of the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club. They know the secret of giving their time (something that can't be kept) in exchange for something else that can never be lost – the rich reward of knowing their lives and efforts have benefitted their neighbors and community.
If you are interested in knowing more about the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club there is a very friendly member near by who would like to talk with you. If you can't wait until the next gold-vested community event to learn more, then call Pat Means, 640-6614, or Bill Miller, 856-6153, and they will gladly answer any questions.blog comments powered by Disqus