Elburn Lions to celebrate 85th year

By on August 8, 2014

ELBURN—Just prior to the Lions Club-sponsored Elburn Days Aug. 15-17, club members will take an evening to celebrate a milestone: the club’s 85th anniversary.

The special event will be marked with a dinner on Saturday, Aug. 9, for members and their significant others.

“The dinner is a club function and not open to the public,” said Elburn Lions Club President Bob Thomas. “We’ll have several members recognized with Chevrons for their years of service, and we’ll induct three new members.”

Thomas said Lions International President Joe Preston will speak following the dinner.

Elected in July at the 97th international convention in Toronto, Canada, Preston is a member of the Bradshaw Mountain of Dewey-Humboldt Lions Club in Dewey, Ariz. Preston’s theme for the year is “Strengthen the Pride.”

According to the club’s website, the Elburn Lions Club was chartered by Lions Clubs International on Sept. 14, 1929. The initial club had 15 members and was sponsored by the Lions Club of New Lenox.

Today, the club maintains a membership of about 200 members and a 25-acre park in the heart of Elburn with a club house, playground, baseball and softball fields, and open pavilion.

Internationally, the organization boasts 1.35 million members who perform community service in 209 countries and geographic areas. All share a core believe that “community is what they make it.”