The Groton Lions Club celebrated their 35th anniversary at their annual picnic at the Larry Wheeting home in July 2013. District Governor Harry Engberg, Sioux Falls, installed newly elected officers. From left, Paul Taylor, first vice president, Cameron Howard, (new member) tail twister, Nancy Larson, secretary; Lee Schinkel (holding cake) president; Dave Pigors, second vice president; Harry Engberg, and Larry Wheeting, treasurer. Schinkel and Wheeting are past zone chairmen.
Groton Lions Club meets every second Thursday at 6 p.m. at LW Sales, 300 E. Railroad Ave., Groton.
The club has many major projects which include sponsoring Groton Rummage Day in the spring and fall, hosting the Saturday Breakfast at the Andover Threshing Bee, sponsoring Punt, Pass & Kick competition, conducting Ditch Clean Up, awarding scholarships for local students, hosting the Lions Wrestling Tournament at Groton School in January, participating in Lions Club Leader Dog program, doing fund raising for juvenile diabetes, and paying for eye exams and the purchase of glasses for individuals as needs are identified throughout the community.
To contact the organization, send a message to Larry Wheeting, % LW Sales, P. O. Box 668, Groton, SD 57445.
The Lions Club mission statement is “To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace, and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.” Their motto is “We Serve.”
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization in the world with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs throughout 207 countries and geographic areas. In 1917 Melvin Jones, a 38 year old Chicago business leader, asked a simple and world-changing question – what if people put their talents to work improving their communities? Today almost 100 years since Jones made his simple query, there are now countless stories of Lions acting on the same simple idea: let’s improve our communities.
Today the Lions are probably best known for fighting blindness, but these dedicated individuals also perform volunteer work for many different types of community projects – including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry, and aiding the seniors and the disabled.