Coon Rapids Police Chief Brad Wise has issued a chili champion challenge and declared a cook-off contest May 18 at the Coon Rapids VFW.
Coon Rapids was still a village when the Coon Rapids Lions Club received its charter from Lions Clubs International in 1954.
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 is once again hosting an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Coon Rapids VFW, 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd.
The World Health Organization has estimated that the number of blind people in the world could double by 2040. To combat the leading causes of blindness and assist in preserving vision, the Coon Rapids Lions Club is participating in a Lions World Sight Day activity Oct. 12 to heighten awareness and education about sight preservation and preventable blindness.