Lions club showcases projects at open house

Coon Rapids Lions Club’s third annual open house and pig roast at Lions Coon Creek Park Saturday had a two-fold purpose.

Dan Janish (left) and Bryan Robertson, both Coon Rapids Lions Club members, preparing the pig roast for serving. Janish, who owns UP NORTh BBQ, started roasting 120 pounds of pork butts at 2 a.m. Saturday morning so that they were ready to eat when the Lions club’s open house started at 11 a.m. at Lions Coon Creek Park.

Dan Janish (left) and Bryan Robertson, both Coon Rapids Lions Club members, preparing the pig roast for serving. Janish, who owns UP NORTh BBQ, started roasting 120 pounds of pork butts at 2 a.m. Saturday morning so that they were ready to eat when the Lions club’s open house started at 11 a.m. at Lions Coon Creek Park.

One was to thank the community for the support it has provided to the club for some 60 years and the other was to showcase the programs and projects in which the club is involved in an effort to bring in new members.

There were games and activities for children, giving them the opportunity to win prizes, and more than 200 free meals were served.

There were exhibits set up by a number of groups that are supported by the club, including Alexandra House, Camp Friendship, Cub Scout Pack 419 and Loaves and Fishes.

The club also collected used eyeglasses and hearing aids to be distributed to people in need around the world, plus non-perishable foods and winter coats which were donated to the Anoka County Brotherhood Council Food Shelf.

As well, Monique Hammond, author of “What Did You Say, An Unexpected Journey Into The World Hearing” was present talk about her book and her experience with hearing loss.

The Coon Rapids Lions Club has been serving the community since 1954.

For membership information contact Dan Janish at 612-558-2851 or go to the club’s website at www.coonrapidslions.org.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com


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