Letter: Another successful Elburn Days—Thanks, Elburn!

By on September 10, 2009

Yet another summer has flown by and ended with a festival that we look forward to all year long.

While Elburn Days may be over, it will not be forgotten anytime soon. Families have created new memories, new friends have been made and old friends reconnected. The community came together once again to support the Elburn Lions.

We cannot thank you enough!

I’d like to personally thank the employees of the Village of Elburn, Elburn Police Department, Explorers and Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District once again for your professionalism, strong work ethics and pride that shines through for the Village of Elburn and its residents. I may not be a resident in town, but I can appreciate the great amount of effort it takes to create a safe, caring environment for all to enjoy.

For those of you that may not know, the annual three-day festival, Elburn Days, is hosted by the Elburn Lions Club. The Lions Club is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. All the volunteers that make this annual event such a huge success have gone back to work, soaked their sore feet, massaged their achy backs and have caught up on lost sleep. We are proud to say that “We Serve” our community and even prouder to say your contribution greatly advances our efforts to make it possible for us to do so! We look forward to volunteering at many more events and hope you continue to join us in all our future endeavors.

With the generous support of the community, we will be able to continue serving our community as well as assist in providing services worldwide. Worldwide, Lions clubs are recognized for their service to people who are blind and visually impaired. The Lions are the largest service organization in the world, and Elburn is the largest Lions Club in Illinois.

Today, Lions extend their commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts, as well as through their international Sight First program, which works to eradicate blindness. Lions also collect and recycle eyeglasses for distribution in developing countries year-round. In addition, Lions make a strong commitment to young people through many youth programs. Lions also work to improve the environment, build homes for the disabled, support diabetes education, conduct hearing programs and, through their foundation, provide disaster relief around the world.

Our community projects include many well-known projects, starting with providing a beautiful 27-acre park with handicap-accessible playground and facilities for use by children of all ages year-round, as well as sponsoring Elburn Days. Also, a drive by the park on a summer night will demonstrate the park packed full of local youth and their families utilizing our three baseball fields and open space to practice and play softball, baseball and football.

We also do many, less-visible projects, like helping families in need, donating to the local food pantry, awarding scholarships to deserving Kaneland graduates, providing an annual special holiday dinner for seniors, providing facilities annually for Kaneland elementary school picnics, and donating street name signs for Elburn and the new subdivisions around Elburn.

There is always a need whether it be in our community or across the country. I challenge you to join us. We can never have too many hands guiding us along the way. New members are always welcome. For more information on how you can help make a difference in the lives of so many in our community, we invite you to visit our website, www.elburnlions.com. You can find information there on our upcoming events for this year and volunteer opportunities.

While I reflect on all we do as Lions members, it truly makes me smile knowing that we have a whole community behind us. Thank you to our families and friends, as well as community members who generously support our activities and volunteer their time to make our events successful.

Thank you, Elburn!
Pam Hall
Elburn Lions Club