Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Barb Tacyshyn-Roth
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Serving up kindness


February 20, 2020

Courtesy Barb Tacyshyn-Roth

Barb Tacyshyn-Roth representing Sturgeon Lake Lions Club on left handing Shelby Lonne-Rogentine, Moose Lake Public Library Director a $1000 check to purchase a computer, STEM/STEAM kits, puzzles and board games and assistance with their adult programs.

I recently joined the Sturgeon Lake Area Lions Club for two reasons: 1) my husband, Jim, did, and 2) the Lions are a community-supportive organization. I didn't really know anything more about the "Lions" organization. Well, I'm so glad that we decided to join because they are part of the largest service organization in the world and they claim to be friends, family and neighbors who are making a difference and who believe that kindness matters. Through acts of kindness, both large and small, Lions touch the lives of people they serve.

Since Jim and I have been with the Lions we have assisted in an annual Thanksgiving community dinner, a fun pancake breakfast at the Moose Lake airport, a holiday fruit-basket drop-off to area homes and most recent, acquiring a large cash donation for the Moose Lake Public Library that will help purchase a computer, STEM/STEAM kits, puzzles and board games and assistance with their adult programs.

Jim grew up in Sturgeon Lake and knows many of the current members from the 70's and has frequently told me that they are a friendly, laid-back group who wouldn't think twice about helping others in whatever way they could.

Since joining, I have learned that the Lions Organization started after WWI and Helen Keller was a major influence in the start-up and direction the club took in helping those with vision problems. Providing "Leader Dogs" to the blind and collecting used glasses for developing countries are part of their mission.

The Sturgeon Lake Area Lions Club meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Sturgeon Lake Fire Hall. If you can't make the meetings due to employment, you can still serve with us at our many events: Winter and Summer Fishing Contests, 2 Pancake Breakfasts, Thanksgiving Dinner, and Holiday Fruit Basket give-a-way.

New members are always welcome. So, if you want to make a positive difference in the world, think about becoming a "Lion" and help us serve up kindness in our local community. For more information, contact Debbie Birkholm, Membership Chair at 218-372-3313.


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