Genoa Lions Club busy serving the community

The Genoa Lions have been quite active this fall.

The club was responsible for manning the entrance gate at all of the Genoa-Kingston High School football games in 2017, which was five games including a lone home game in the play-offs. The effort was chaired by Chad Pacey with assistance from President Jerry Helland. The club will donate the $500 they earned to the G-K High School boys and girls soccer team for equipment.

The club participated in the district Candy Day on Oct. 21 after getting rained out on Oct. 13. Lions Jeff and Gini Baker organized the drive and the club grossed more than $1,000 in donations.

On Oct. 18, the club inducted a new member, George Meckel, sponsored by Gene Bradford, bringing membership back to 33. On Nov. 15, the club inducted its newest member, Brent O’Daniell, sponsored by Helland. The ceremony was performed by past president Bob Becker.

The club hosted the Diabetic Retinopathy bus on Oct. 12 along Route 23 near McDonald’s. The three-hour free bus was manned by Rene VanDerHeyden and Joe Wilkinson. Thirteen community members had their eyes tested by a representative from the Lions of Illinois Foundation.

The club has adopted a local family to receive Christmas presents and a gift card from Hy-Vee. This effort will be performed by Chad Pacey this year, and the club is assisting a local resident who is having eye surgery at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and donating more than $1,000 to Lions International for hurricane disaster relief.

Pacey also will be chairman of the club’s Christmas tree light recycling program this winter. He will have receptacles at Kuhn’s Christmas Trees at the Genoa Masonic Lodge, Tobinson’s Ace Hardware and Genoa City Hall. Residents can drop off used lights in these receptacles and they will be donated to the Lions of Illinois Foundation recycling program.

Todd Merritt is chairman of the key and bottle cap recycling program and takes care of the counter mints. The club hopes to collect enough caps to secure a free bench to be donated to the park district; only 600 pounds is needed.

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