The Nisswa Lions Club will celebrate 40 years of service to the Nisswa community with a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the Nisswa Community Center.
International Lions Director Brian Sheehan from Bird Island will be the keynote speaker.
With a club motto of “We Serve,” the Lions Club International is the world’s largest service club organization with 45,500 clubs in 205 countries with nearly 1.4 million members. Lions Club International was founded in 1917 by Melvin Jones and is headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill.
The Nisswa Lions Club was started in 1973 and has more than 100 active club members. Much of the focus of the Nisswa Lions Club is to raise money for worthy causes and support the community. Focal Lions Club programs include sight conservation, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness and youth outreach.
The Nisswa Lions’ three main fundraisers are the World Famous Pork-on-a-Stick at every Nisswa event; Koezes’ Cashews & Mixed Nut Sales in the fall; and the late summer Colorado peach sales.
Nisswa Lions also generate revenues through charitable gambling through Ye Old Pickle Factory.
The Nisswa Lions donate to many charitable causes, including Nisswa Elementary School, scholarships for Nisswa students attending Pequot Lakes and Brainerd high schools, Nisswa police and fire departments, Nisswa Park and Recreation, The “Be Nice to the Ice” Project, Minnesota Eye Bank, Minnesota Diabetes Foundation, Minnesota Lions Hearing Foundation, Campaign Sight First (to eradicate blindness), Leader Dogs for the Blind, Project New Hope (a place to help veterans and their families to get re-integrated into society) and many more.
The Nisswa Lions also participate with ditch pick-up each spring and fall around Nisswa; have an award-winning float in many local parades; and provide many volunteers for community events when asked.
The Nisswa Lions Club has made a strong commitment to the greater Nisswa community through aiding the blind and visually impaired, and serving local youth.
For more information about the Nisswa Lions Club 40th anniversary celebration, contact Dell Draves at 218-568-4732.