Coon Rapids Lions begin planning for 60th anniversary

The Coon Rapids Lions Club will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2014 and planning has started to celebrate this milestone.

Part of this planning involves a request to the public by the club for its help with the event.

The Lions hope the community will participate in the celebration by making a contribution in the form of photos, newspaper articles, personal accounts and memorabilia associated with the club and its history.

“We are proud of our club’s nearly 60 years of service,” said Coon Rapids Lions Club First Vice President Lyle Goff.

According to Goff, club members thank everyone who have and also continue to contribute towards the important work the Lions do for the community.

“You are truly helping make a difference in the lives of the people in our city and also far beyond its borders,” Goff said.

“We are also interested in preserving our club’s history and its connection with Coon Rapids.

“We are asking any individuals who may have some items in their possession that may represent some historical significance to the club or its community efforts to contact us.

“We would be more than happy to accept their donation towards this celebration.”

The club has been a fixture in this community for decades and will continue to do so for many more, Goff said.

“We current Lions would like to reconnect with any former club members or their families in an effort to help celebrate the long history of this club,” he said.

“Anything tangible like photos, clothing, newspaper articles, scrapbooks, posters or other items would be greatly appreciated as contributions to the club’s celebration.”

“Also, there may be some intangible items such as personal accounts or stories that could be shared with the club and the community on how the Coon Rapids Lions Club made a difference for some group or individual.

“Sometimes these recollections demonstrate the true legacy of an organization.

“With the Coon Rapids Lions Club’s anniversary taking place in 2014, this is the perfect time for its members to help share and preserve its history.”

“Any items contributed to the club’s anniversary celebration will be displayed at club events throughout the year, as well as at the Coon Rapids Lions Club display case located at the City Center.”

Any stories or personal accounts will be collected and put together in a historical archive for Lions and community members to share for many years to come, according to Goff.

“We truly hope to share this occasion with everyone in our fair city,” Goff said.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution can contact Goff at 763-754-8921 or via e-mail at gofflt@msn.com.

In addition, the club is always looking for individuals who wish to become a part of any efforts to make the city one of the finest to live, work and play in, Goff said.

“We encourage and welcome anyone to become a part of the club and its on-going pledge toward helping others through volunteering.

“We would love to have anyone who also might have had a past connection to the club to become a part of it as well.

“Former members, their spouses, their children or anyone with some personal history with the Coon Rapids Lions Club are asked to come join the club and become part of its community service projects.”

Since the club’s chartering in 1954, members of the Coon Rapids Lions have worked on a variety of projects in the local community, such as the Books for BANGO book giveaway program held in the nine elementary schools in this area each year.

Proceeds from past fundraising events have gone to scholarships presented to students at Coon Rapids High School, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Anoka Technical College and Northwest Passage Charter School, in addition to supporting youth and community activities throughout the year in Coon Rapids.

The club is currently continuing to serve the community through its Recycle for Sight eyeglasses and hearing aids collections, community meal fund-raisers and other philanthropic efforts.

The club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Coon Rapids VFW on Coon Rapids Boulevard.

For more information or to get involved with the club, contact Dan Janish at 612-558-2851 or visit the club’s website at www.coonrapidslions.org.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with nearly 1.4 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the website at www.lionsclubs.org.

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