Elburn Lions Club invites community to Sunday Open House

By on March 18, 2011

Elburn Lions Club Open House
Sunday, March 20
Noon to 3 p.m.
Lions Park
500 Filmore Street
For more information about this and other events, visit the website at www.elburnlions.com.

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Members of the Elburn Lions Club promise good food, fellowship and information at an open house this Sunday to learn about the events the club sponsors throughout the year, the charities it supports, and how community members can get involved.

The club’s 169 adult members and 25 youth and young-adult members make it the largest non-governmental service organization in the state of Illinois, Elburn Lions Club President Uwe Rotter said.

Open to all of the youth in the community, Junior Leos includes children from 8 to 11 years old, and Leo Club members are from 12 to 18 years of age.

“It’s a great way to teach kids about volunteerism and helping people in the community,” Leos Club advisor Pam Hall said.

The young people also learn public speaking, how to organize projects and how to run their organization, Hall said.

Together with the Leo Club and the Junior Leos, Elburn Lions Club members provide help as it is needed within the community, whether it is the purchase of a service dog for a community member or raising money to pay for the medical bills of a local resident.

The club offers additional local support by providing the use of its ballfields to the Elburn Baseball Association, as well as sponsoring monthly community dinners to raise awareness of various community programs and issues.

On a global level, the Elburn Lions Club’s support of Lions Club International provides glasses, vision screenings, medication and surgery to people in need in third world countries, Hall added.

While their fundraising is serious business, members also like to have a good time, Rotter said. The Elburn Lions Club-sponsored Elburn Days Parade and weekend event in August is its largest fundraiser of the year.

Friday Night Bingo is just one of the smaller events the club sponsors throughout the year that not only raises money and awareness for the charities it supports, but provides entertainment and fun for the community.

In addition to educating the community about what the Elburn Lions Club is and what it does, Rotter said he hopes the open house will encourage others to join them.

“It takes a lot of people to make all this happen,” Rotter said. “It’s exhilarating to see people have fun, and to see where the money goes. We want to do more of these things.”

2010 Elburn Lions Club’s
charitable donations:

• Companion dog for Max Capes
(4 Paws for Ability)
• Ski for Sight
• Low Vision Viewers to local citizens
• Camp Lion & Lions of Illinois Foundation
• Teddy Bears for Conley Grief Center
• Carol & Steve Herra Benefit
• Elburn Community Emergency
Response Team
• Kaneland Public Fire Safety
• Elburn Food Pantry
• Wounded Warrior Project
• Glasses & eye exams for local children
• St. Galls Church
• Lions International
• Helping Hands
• Elburn Senior Dinner
• Northern Illinois Food Bank
• Campaign Sight First II
• West Towns Human Services Network