The Hallock Lions Club was chartered Aug. 7, 1945. Since that time there have been many changes that have taken place. Originally, the club was the domain of men only, but that changed in 1997 when Janelle Craigmile became the first woman to become a member. Currently there are 46 members of the Hallock Lions Club. Monthly meetings are held at either the Caribou Grill or the Hallock Eagles Club. If you are interested in becoming part of a terrific service organization please contact Lions president Jodi Johnson.
The Hallock Lions primary mission is to serve their local community, but member dues also contribute to causes sponsored throughout the Lions International organization. 100% of funds raised in the community stay in the community. Local activities include, but are not limited to the following: Youth Halloween party, serving students and staff ice cream floats on community service day, ditch cleaning, peace poster contest, student scholarships, and the ever-popular Easter egg hunt. The Lions also commit funds to a wide variety of smaller contributions each year.
Some of the fundraising activities are the Lions birthday calendar, Christmas wreath sales, pancake breakfasts, and two bingo nights. The next Lions bingo is scheduled for Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:00 at the Kittson Central School. If possible, the Lions prefer to designate the beneficiary of the proceeds prior to the event. The spring Lions bingo proceeds this year will be directed to the Hallock Flower Fund.
In the summer, you likely have noticed the beautiful flowers around the city of Hallock. They are in Dipple Park, the gazebo, and around town. Volunteers not only plant the flowers each spring, but also maintain them throughout the summer by watering and fertilizing almost daily.
Jan Klein has been instrumental in organizing volunteers, seeking funds, and purchasing needed materials including flowers, soil, and fertilizer. Klein estimates costs at about $10,000 annually. The Hallock city council recently approved $3000 towards expenses for this summer, but there is a long ways to go.
Your participation in the Lions Bingo on April 11th, not only provides the chance to go home with winnings, enjoy an evening with family and friends, but also the opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause that helps beautify Hallock through the summer months.
The annual Lions Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Kittson Central School playground Saturday, April 19th at 11:00.