Lions International celebrated its 100th birthday this year and all of the clubs in the United States and around the world took time to celebrate the occasion, even the Lions Club in Adel. On Wednesday, June 28, the Adel Lions Club got together at A-D-M Middle School to present checks to community organizations for a total of $12,000 and presented their annual awards to three members.
The guest speaker was Iowa State University Athletic Director, Jamie Pollard. The group had snacks and refreshments in the Middle School Commons after the presentation of the money, the presentation of the club’s annual awards, and after the speech from Pollard.
Donation recipients were the Good Samaritan Food Pantry, Boy Scout Troop 152, the Adel Girl Scouts, Oakdale Pride, the Nile Kinnick Museum Foundation, the A-D-M Scholarship Foundation and the Iowa Leader Dog Program. Additionally, money was donated by the Lions Club to the American Heart Association in Pollard’s name.
Three annual awards were also presented to members for their service through the 2016-17 year.
The Warren Coleman Honorary Awards went to Dusty Weeks and to Lions Club President, Brett Glenn. This award is considered the “highest honor conferred by the Iowa Lion Foundation, given to members with “a deep concern for the welfare of those in need and a deep commitment to the ideals of Lionism.”
The Lion of the Year award went to Rich Hughes. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the club and the criteria used are: participation in activities, membership development, serving the community, serving as an officer, dependability, positive attitude and leadership, plus demonstrated abilities in communication and organization.
The Lions Club does several projects throughout the year, one of which is their “flag project” in Adel. Lions Club members go around to about 800 homes and put flags in front yards for American holidays and then take them down at the end of the day five times a year for a cost of $20 per home.
“So they always know they’re going to have a holiday flag in their yard,” Glenn said.
They also have a can and bottle drop zone by the Adel Laundromat, where people can go and donate their empty cans and bottles to the Lions Club, to help in their fundraising efforts. Glenn said that they have received over 1 million cans over the lifetime of the project.
He said that they had over 200,000 bottles and cans donated this past year alone.
“Lion Club members rotate picking up and sorting them four days a week,” Glenn said. “All that money that’s raised is donated back to the community through various projects: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, people in need, kids who want to go to camp somewhere… we always ask for people to come, visit with us, talk with us and see what we can do to help.”