On Feb. 4, 1954, Lions Clubs International Headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., accepted a charter application for a Lions Club to be formed in Coon Rapids. Since that date, more than 500 men and women have been a part of the ranks for this volunteer service club, which has supported the community and many causes during the past 60 years. Just 15 years after the Lions Club was formed, the Coon Rapids Lioness Club began its service in the community in 1969. Forty-five years later, the Lioness Club is still an important part of Coon Rapids through its various service projects.
The Coon Rapids Lions Club and the Coon Rapids Lioness Club will host a joint anniversary dinner Saturday, May 3, to celebrate with family, friends, former members and community supporters. The dinner will be held at The Harvest Grill at Bunker Hills Golf Course. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6 p.m. A program featuring several prominent guest speakers and presentations to honor the two clubs will begin immediately following the dinner.
Cost for the dinner is $30 per person and this price also includes an exclusive Coon Rapids Lions Club 60th Anniversary pin. Live dinner music, cash bar and free shuttle service in the parking lot will also be included.
Anyone interested in being a part of this special evening can make their reservation by sending payment by mail to: Coon Rapids Lions Club, Attn: Anniversary Committee, P.O. Box 48176, Coon Rapids, MN 55448-0176.
Reservations can also be made at the Coon Rapids Lions Club website, www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/coon_rapids. A reservation link is on the site and tickets can be paid for online.
All reservations should be made no later than Friday, April 11. There will be no tickets sold at the door on the evening of the dinner.
The Coon Rapids Lions Club and Lioness Club welcome anyone – including former members, spouses, children and those with some personal connection or history with the clubs – to become a member and join in their ongoing efforts toward helping others through volunteering.
Since the club’s inception 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 various high schools and colleges in the area, in addition to supporting youth and community activities throughout the year in Coon Rapids.
The club is currently continuing to serve the community and beyond through its Recycle for Sight eyeglasses and hearing aids collections, community meal fundraisers and other efforts.
The Coon Rapids Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Coon Rapids VFW on Coon Rapids Boulevard. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to help meet those needs.
For more information, visit www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/coon_rapids or check out the club’s Facebook page.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with nearly 1.4 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org.