Your Town, Aug. 27, 2017
I feel like pop singer Katy Perry right now with all the Lions Club news in today’s Your Town column.
“… and you’re gonna hear me roar … louder than a …”
(Editor’s note: Tammy was abruptly escorted off the stage, ducking as the audience pelted her with rotten tomatoes).
Scores of motorcycle riders participated in the American Legion Legacy Run that stopped in Grand Junction on Sunday evening, Aug. 13, before continuing to the American Legion National Convention, in Reno, Nevada.
Prior to the riders’ Monday morning departure, they were served a hearty breakfast by the Orchard Mesa Lions Club at the Grand Junction Harley-Davidson on Crossroads Boulevard.
According to an email sent by Orchard Mesa Lions Club member Janet Blackman, the Lions arrived at the location early (it was still dark at 5:30 a.m.) to be ready to begin serving the riders at 6:30 a.m.
“We heated up our pancake cookers, egg cookers and sausage cookers and served all generously to the riders,” she wrote.
As you can imagine, this is no small task. The tables and chairs, as well as the huge round cookers for the pancakes, had to be set up the night before. The Lions supplied paper plates, utensils, butter and syrup for the pancakes, napkins, and cups for the coffee that was provided by Harley-Davidson.
And, Lions were everywhere: “Lions were cooking the breakfast items, and Lions were on the serving line. Then comes the cleanup. Whew, that is a job,” she wrote, adding that “The riders were very nice, many of them thanking us for doing the breakfast. It was donations only, to the Orchard Mesa Lions,” she said.
The club volunteers for events such as this — some paid and some not.
“It was really neat to see all those motorcycles entering the freeway, single file, being led by pickup trucks with sirens and flashing lights. Most all of them had small American flags attached to the back of their motorcycles. There were a lot of vets participating, as we could tell by their caps saying for instance, ‘Viet Nam Vet.’ ”
“It was a neat event, still giving me chills at what these riders do,” she said.
This week, the Grand Junction Lions Club will disperse monetary pledges it made to community organizations this year, using proceeds from February’s 88th annual Carnival and Parade.
Through the Community Betterment Committee, Grand Junction Lions has granted $ 150,000 to 18 organizations this year. The final checks will be distributed Tuesday during the club’s noon meeting at Two Rivers Convention Center.
Organizations receiving funds are: Kids Aid, $ 10,000; District 51 Foundation, $ 9,280; Harmony Acres, $ 7,500; Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank, $ 5,000; Clifton Food and Clothing Bank, $ 5,000; Strive/Botanical Gardens, $ 4,000; GJ Fire Soccer Club, $ 4,000; and Western Slope Center for Children, $ 2,720.
The 2017–18 grant application season is now underway. Applications and requirements for consideration are posted online at gjlions.org. To download the PDF application, click on the “Grant Application” tab and find the link at the bottom of the page.
Applications can also be picked up at Brown’s Shoe Fit, 425 Main St. All completed applications must be turned in at Brown’s Shoe Fit, no later than 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15.
Visit the website for information.
Redlands Lions Club members and volunteers will place flags, weather permitting, on Labor Day, Sept. 4 and Patriot Day, Sept. 11.
More than 700 American flags will be placed in the morning and picked up later the same day in the Tiara Rado, Seasons, Monument Village, Panorama, Redlands Village subdivisions and other areas. Flags will also be displayed at Community Hospital and some Redlands-area businesses.
The flag service honors nine patriotic holidays, from spring to autumn. The cost for residents is a donation of $ 35. Those interested in subscribing to the service, or volunteering to help place the flags, should call Chuck Stevenson at 242-3222 or Dave McIlnay at 433-7961.
In keeping with the “Lion” theme, our club and organization spotlight focuses on area critter organizations.
■ The Westside Woofers Flyball team will sponsor a flyball tournament from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Sept. 2–3 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. Highway 50.
Flyball is a relay race in which two four-dog teams race against each other in parallel lanes. Each dog jumps four hurdles, triggers a spring-loaded box to release a ball, catches the ball and carries it back over the hurdles to the starting line, at which time the next dog is released — until all four dogs have run.
Visit Westsidewoofers.com for information.
■ Wings and Warriors will sponsor a fundraising event from 4–9 p.m. Wednesday at Dos Hombres, 3245 Interstate 70 Business Loop in Clifton.
Proceeds benefit the organization that provides service dogs to veterans who have post traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury, at no charge to that service member.
Call the Western Slope branch at 216-3392 or visit wings-and-warriors.org for information.
■ Grand Valley Equine Assisted Learning Center provides horse-based therapies for children, adults, veterans and public servants, including police and fire personnel to facilitate growth, learning and healing to people of all abilities including the disabled, disadvantaged and special needs.
Visit gvequineassistedlearningcenter.org or call 216-8723 for information.