By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN For 25 years, the members of the Lester Prairie Lions Club have been finding ways to serve the community, but according to Joe Miller, it has not been all work and no play.
Miller, who is currently first vice president, and will take over the office of president in July, said the group always finds ways to have fun.
There are currently about 25 people in the club, but it is always looking for new members.
Miller encourages anyone who is interested in joining or learning more about the club to contact any member.
The club is open to anyone, male or female, who is interested in helping others and improving the quality of life in Lester Prairie.
The annual dues are $50 per member.
The Lester Prairie Lions Club was founded in 1986.
To commemorate its first 25 years, the group recently approved a new club pin.
Miller said the design also incorporates the 125th anniversary of the city, and the 110th anniversary of the school, which are also being celebrated this year.
The Lions’ motto is “We serve,” and the group carries out that mission in a variety of ways.
One of the newer projects involves donating a dictionary to each of the third grade students at Lester Prairie Elementary School.
The students are able to keep the dictionaries and use them throughout their school careers, and the program has been well-received.
Other things toward which the Lions have recently contributed include the lighting project at the city park, the Lester Prairie Youth Task Force on Children and Adolescents, the National Honor Society at the school, and the McLeod County Emergency Food Shelf.
The Lester Prairie Lions also sponsor a scholarship each year.
Each spring, the club sponsors an Easter egg hunt at the city park.
It sponsors a tailgate party each fall as one way to support the school.
It has supported Project New Hope, which is a way for veterans and their families to reconnect at retreats.
Vision Honduras is another cause that the group has supported, which provides eyeglasses to people who need them.
In order to raise funds to support these and other causes, the Lester Prairie Lions sell pulltabs at the Dodge House and One-Eyed Willy’s.
It also conducts pancake breakfasts and other fundraisers throughout the year.
The Lester Prairie Lions Club meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., either at Lester Prairie City Hall or at One-Eyed Willy’s.
Other members of the Lester Prairie Lions are:
• Shellie Guenther, president
• Dan Guenther, second vice president
• Lloyd Weisenburger, third vice-president
• Dale Klaustermeier, secretary
• Dale Mensing, treasurer
• Byron Weisenburger, tail twister *
• Paul Mohwinkel, lion tamer *
• Charlie Suedbeck, newsletter editor
• Lloyd Wortz, gambling manager
• Fred Blaser
• Perry Buesing
• Joel Burgess
• Bob Carlson
• Joe Casavant
• Wayne Hasz
• Gordon Houk
• Loren Jilek
• Jim Jorgenson
• John Klobe
• Earl Machemehl
• Ralph Machemehl
• Jim Moller
• Stewart Ruwersma
• Matt Schuldt
• Byron Schuldt
* Miller explained that the role of the tale twister is to generally harass the other members to add fun to the meetings.
For example, the tale twister might fine all members who did not wear their Lions vest to a meeting 25 cents and then fine all members who did wear their vests 25 cents.
The tail twister can never be fined, Miller said.
· The lion tamer is in charge of all of the club’s equipment, including the gavel, bell, and club flag, Miller explained.
New members wanted
The Lester Prairie Lions Club is looking for a few good men and women to join the organization. The only requirement is a desire to help others and improve the quality of life in the community.
Dues are $50 per year.
Anyone who would like more information about the club or who wishes to join is encouraged to contact any member of the Lester Prairie Lions Club.