Lions Club: a presence in the community since 1929
by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—The Elburn Lions Club has hosted the annual Elburn Days celebration since 1930. The first-ever Elburn Days, however, was billed as the “Elburn Road Celebration and Fall Festival,” and was held in October in honor of the last concrete being poured on the road from Elburn to Sugar Grove (Route 47).
The Lions Club do far more than host Elburn Days; they serve the community in a variety of ways.
Service to the blind and visually impaired is first on the list of charities that Lions Clubs all over the world contribute to. With 1.4 million members, the Lion’s is the largest service organization in the world. They also contribute to the hearing impaired, diabetes awareness and education, environmental projects and youth programs.
The Elburn branch has 200 members who volunteer their time to raise money for local and national charities. Elburn Days is their biggest fundraiser, but all throughout the year, they put on events that not only raise money, but also provide opportunities for the community to get together.
In its 25-acre park in Elburn, the clubhouse, playground, baseball and softball fields, and open pavilion are places for company picnics, wedding receptions, class reunions, dinners, Bingo and raffles.
Bingo is an ongoing activity that supports charities from its proceeds. The Calendar Raffle affords participants the chance to win every day of the year. Collection boxes all over town—in the library, the banks, at Lions Park—serve as places for people to drop off their old eyeglasses and know that someone somewhere else in the world will be able to use them to improve the quality of their life.
The club has events virtually every month. In January, it partners with neighboring clubs to take sight-impaired individuals on a weekend ski trip. In March, it serves up corned beef and cabbage for its Irish Dinner. For Easter, it puts on an Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast. Summer is spent getting ready for Elburn Days and hosting private events. Casino Night is held in September, and in October, the club runs a Fall Classic Car Show, and also a German Dinner of bratwurst and pork loins. During the holidays, the club has a Holiday Meat Raffle, Breakfast with Santa and a Potluck Dinner.
The Lions Club has a group for young adults called the Leos. It holds food drives, creates a float for the Elburn Days Parade and hosts a Mother’s Day Breakfast.