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Lions Park playground gets a makeover

ELBURN—The playground at the Elburn Lions Club Lions Park is getting a facelift and a retrofit, thanks to the club’s fundraising efforts and those of the volunteers doing the work.

The project began last year, under the guidance of the Elburn Lions past president Pam Hall. Hall said that the Lions Club fundraising events throughout the year helped to fund the $25,000 project to update the equipment to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, provide needed maintenance and add some new equipment.

Hall said the current playground was built 25 years ago. Without a park district within the village, the park and the playground over the years have provided a place for children in the community to come and play, whether or not their parents are Lions Club members.

“A ton of kids come and play on the playground equipment,” Hall said. “It gets a lot of use.”

Hall explained that in addition to providing services at a regional and national level, as well as around the world, one of the goals of the Lions Club is to give to its local community. The updating of the playground is one way the club is doing that.

“We’re putting money back into the community,” she said.

Hall said that things have changed in the last 25 years, and the ADA standards that existed then have changed. The new equipment will meet the new ADA standards.

She said that during the first year or two, club members will be working on maintenance-type things. They began by dismantling part of the playground, moving the ramp and changing the railings and steps.

For his Eagle Scout project, Elburn Eagle Scout Jacob Sheehan will put in place all new timbers and do the edging around the playground. He and his fellow scouts will be working on that the weekend of Oct. 25-26.

Club volunteers will be pouring the asphalt for the sidewalk in November, which will allow people in wheelchairs better access to the playground. The Leos Club helped to raise the money for the sidewalk, as well as purchasing three sensory panels and a chimes maze that will be added with people with disabilities in mind.

“People don’t realize that the Lions Club and the Park is a 501© 3 organization,” Hall said.
What that means is that the club doesn’t receive funding from the government. All the work is done through volunteers and fundraising.”

Photos by Lynn Logan

Elburn Days’ 84th installment a success

ELBURN—Food, fun, music and lots of people are the ingredients that made up last weekend’s 84th annual Elburn Days.

David Broz, president of Elburn Lions Club, spoke positively about the festival that is the club’s biggest fundraiser and helps it raise money to benefit the community.

“The festival went very well,” Broz said. “We had really good participation from the community.”

Broz said the Lions felt good about this year’s entertainment. He added that the community stage is popular every year.

Some sang in the Elburn Teen Idol contest, danced, tested their hula hoop and ice cream eating skills.

Broz called the public attendance “outstanding.” Pam Hall, chair of Elburn Days, estimated that 30,000 people attended the festival.

“We were very fortunate this year to have beautiful weather,” Hall said. “So it did not deter anybody from coming out. We had people of all ages with all different kinds of interest, and everybody was here having a wonderful time enjoying our festival.”

Attendees could watch an evening parade go by, peruse book selections and crafts and listen to lots of live bands.

Back Country Roads took the main stage on Saturday night as the headlining band.

“They did a fantastic job,” Hall said “They brought a ton of people in here, and they just had a wonderful show that they put on, and they are loved by all ages, as well.”

Other festival headliners were rock acts Arra and 7th Heaven.

People could check out the truck and tractor pull event via stadium seating. And another spectator site was the Elburn Herald’s Mud Volleyball Tournament. The players played in mud and wore it, too.

According to 17-year-old Matheu Poust, president of Elburn Leo Club, children could ride elephants, bees, the miniature drop and swings at the festival.

Funnel cakes, lemon shake-ups, fried Snickers and Twinkies were some of the delicacies available during the festival. Pulled pork sandwiches proved to be a hit at the Elburn Lions stand.

“I would call it a symphony of flavor,” Broz said. “It’s fantastic.”

Poust worked the Elburn Leo’s stand, where folks could cool off with root beer floats. He thought about what he liked the best about the festival.

“I always like actually working with my other fellow Lions and Leos members,” Poust said. “I think it’s a great time for us all to get together and actually show the community what we’re really made of and what we can really give back.”

Community, Lions come through

Update reveals positive improvements for 13-year-old Virgil resident
ELBURN—Forty club members at the Elburn Lions monthly board meeting on June 13 were brought up-to-date on the progress of Virgil resident, 13-year-old Kara Peters, who was born with Down syndrome.

At the age of four, Kara was diagnosed with PDDNOS, an autism spectrum disorder, as well as anxiety and sleep disorders. A multipurpose service dog was desperately needed to assist and support Kara with her daily challenges.

A fundraiser was held in June of 2012 to rally funds, resulting in $6,400 collected to help offset the expense of the service dog purchased from non-profit organization, 4 Paws for Ability. The partnership between children with disabilities and service dogs increases independence for children like Kara and provides ongoing assistance to her family.

Private donations from generous community members in the amount of $13,000 covered the rest of the expense to purchase the canine.

After Georgie, Kara’s service dog, spent time in training, the Peters family traveled to 4 Paws for Ability for a two-week training session. The Elburn Leo Club also donated funds to assist in the family’s traveling expenses.

The Peters attended the June 13 club meeting to explain the process, talk about their experience, introduce Georgie to the membership and express their gratitude.

“The presentation was a glimpse into the lives of a family that has been trying to assist their daughter over the years to have a good life that all parents wish for their child,” said Pam Hall, president of the Elburn Lions Club Chapter. “They can see some positive improvements and have high hopes for a better future with the assistance of the service dog.”

The Illinois Eye-Bank was also present at the meeting to speak about the restoration of sight and new technology in the field. Founded in 1947 and housed in a small space at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, The Illinois Eye-Bank helps preserve and restore sight to thousands of cornea transplant recipients each year, vigorously supporting eye and vision research.

A 15-minute presentation explained how the charitable, not-for-profit organization assists individuals that are visually impaired through transplantation, research and education.

“The local businesses and caring community members supported our cause, and we cannot express how grateful we are to have such tremendous community support,” Hall said of the 2012 fundraiser.

The Lions Club International Foundation is the world’s largest community service organization with an emphasis on supporting the blind and visually impaired. For more information about joining the Elburn Lions, visit elburnlions.com or contact the Lions at (630) 365-6315 or info@elburnlions.com.

Letter: A thank you to the community

The Elburn Leo Club and Elburn Lions Club recently hosted a joint fundraiser to help offset the expense of a multipurpose service dog that we purchased for local resident Kara Peters. The generosity of everyone involved and the community support that was given was tremendous.

We truly appreciate the generosity of the businesses and individuals that donated items for raffle prizes, as well as a silent auction. We were able to raise thousands of dollars due to your donations.

Thank you to the following businesses and individuals for your continual support: A Salon, Debbie Abbs, American Bank and Trust Co., Amy’s Wild Hairs, Autumn Acres Landscaping, Blazing Prairie Stars, Inc., Bob Jass Chevrolet, Bootlegger’s Pizza Bar and Grill, Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club, Dave Broz, Gail Burke and Dave Judd, Julia Christopherson, Kevin Christopherson, Creative Memories consultant Jill Konrad, Kristen Damaloris, DePaw University Canine Campus, Gordon and Linn Dierschow, Dr. Harry and Mrs. Cheryl Krauspe, Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, Elburn Herald, Euclid Beverage, Ltd., Eyes on Elburn, Flower Wagon, Fox Chase Farms, Susan Buckman and Kelly Lando, Fox River Foods, Inboden’s Meat Market, Jackson Alan Services, James and Beverly Gillett, Sandy Heideman, Horsepower Therapeutic Riding, Hughes Creek Golf Club, John Husk, Jennifer Wesner Horse Farm, Klein’s Tack and Feed, Inc., Kyle Hall Trucking, Inc. and Ronald Flint Trucking, Inc., L&M Greenhouse, Meijer in St. Charles, Northside Pub, Old Second Bank, Paisano’s Pizza and Grill, Raging Waves, LLC, Ream’s Elburn Meat Market, Schmidt’s Towne Tap, Schnitzel Platz Restaurant, Amy Schoger, Betty Seher, Shear Image, Spare Wheels Transportation, United Network Systems, Wasco Dairy Queen, West Suburban Traveler’s Limousine, Whispering Pines Trucking and the Winner’s Circle.

We would also like to thank the band, 1 Sam 10, for the wonderful live entertainment and donation of your services, as well as the fantastic raffle prizes from your band members and friends.

Thank you to everyone that made these donations and attended the event. We hope you enjoyed the fundraiser as much as we enjoyed hosting the event.

Once again, the local businesses and caring community members supported our cause, and we cannot express how grateful we are to have such tremendous community support. The fundraiser was a huge success, and we were able to raise $6,400 at this fundraiser for Elburn Lions and Leo’s Charities.

On behalf of the Elburn Lions Club and Elburn Leo Club, we thank you all for your support and generosity.

Pam Hall
President, Elburn Lions Club
Advisor, Elburn Leo Club advisor

Guest Editorial: Local youth make a difference while enjoying Elburn Days

The Elburn Leo Club is a youth group of boys and girls ranging in age from 8 years to 18 years old who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs.

The Elburn Leos have continually gone above and beyond to meet the needs of their community, help others in need and support local charities. They host events ranging from Breakfast with Santa to a Wii Tournament, all in hopes of raising funds for charities.

Their sponsor, the Elburn Lions Club, has led by example for 82 years. The Elburn Leos have had the opportunity to work side by side with the Elburn Lions and they have learned early on how their efforts can make a difference. They have learned that working hard at fundraising events is rewarding and fun. Their success gives the Elburn Leos the opportunity to help others by supporting local organizations and the community.

In December 2010, The Elburn Leo Club hosted a food drive. Upon delivery of the items to the Elburn Food Pantry, volunteer Rita Burnham explained that the food pantry historically has a greater need for items when summer comes to an end. Over the past few months, the Elburn Leo members decided that hosting a food drive at the annual three-day festival, Elburn Days, would be the best way to reach the community and support the local food pantry.

The Elburn Leo Club is inviting all community residents to participate in the food drive during Elburn Days from Friday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 21. Non-perishable food items, paper and/or personal hygiene products will be accepted at the Leo Club Ice Cream Concession Stand throughout the weekend. The Leo Club Ice Cream Concession Stand is located at Elburn Lions Park, 500 Filmore St., Elburn, in the main pavilion.

Individuals that make a donation of non-perishable food items, paper and/or personal hygiene products on Friday evening, Aug. 19, will be entered in a raffle. Raffle prizes will be drawn throughout the Elburn Days weekend. The Elburn Leos are up for the challenge of restocking the shelves at the local food pantry and ask that everyone attending Elburn Days help them succeed in their goals.

The Elburn Leos’ motto is “Making a Difference,“ and by sponsoring a food drive, they are making a difference by helping feed residents in their community.

Pam Hall
Elburn Leo Club

Elburn Lions Club invites community to Sunday Open House

Elburn Lions Club Open House
Sunday, March 20
Noon to 3 p.m.
Lions Park
500 Filmore Street
For more information about this and other events, visit the website at www.elburnlions.com.

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Members of the Elburn Lions Club promise good food, fellowship and information at an open house this Sunday to learn about the events the club sponsors throughout the year, the charities it supports, and how community members can get involved.

The club’s 169 adult members and 25 youth and young-adult members make it the largest non-governmental service organization in the state of Illinois, Elburn Lions Club President Uwe Rotter said.

Open to all of the youth in the community, Junior Leos includes children from 8 to 11 years old, and Leo Club members are from 12 to 18 years of age.

“It’s a great way to teach kids about volunteerism and helping people in the community,” Leos Club advisor Pam Hall said.

The young people also learn public speaking, how to organize projects and how to run their organization, Hall said.

Together with the Leo Club and the Junior Leos, Elburn Lions Club members provide help as it is needed within the community, whether it is the purchase of a service dog for a community member or raising money to pay for the medical bills of a local resident.

The club offers additional local support by providing the use of its ballfields to the Elburn Baseball Association, as well as sponsoring monthly community dinners to raise awareness of various community programs and issues.

On a global level, the Elburn Lions Club’s support of Lions Club International provides glasses, vision screenings, medication and surgery to people in need in third world countries, Hall added.

While their fundraising is serious business, members also like to have a good time, Rotter said. The Elburn Lions Club-sponsored Elburn Days Parade and weekend event in August is its largest fundraiser of the year.

Friday Night Bingo is just one of the smaller events the club sponsors throughout the year that not only raises money and awareness for the charities it supports, but provides entertainment and fun for the community.

In addition to educating the community about what the Elburn Lions Club is and what it does, Rotter said he hopes the open house will encourage others to join them.

“It takes a lot of people to make all this happen,” Rotter said. “It’s exhilarating to see people have fun, and to see where the money goes. We want to do more of these things.”

2010 Elburn Lions Club’s
charitable donations:

• Companion dog for Max Capes
(4 Paws for Ability)
• Ski for Sight
• Low Vision Viewers to local citizens
• Camp Lion & Lions of Illinois Foundation
• Teddy Bears for Conley Grief Center
• Carol & Steve Herra Benefit
• Elburn Community Emergency
Response Team
• Kaneland Public Fire Safety
• Elburn Food Pantry
• Wounded Warrior Project
• Glasses & eye exams for local children
• St. Galls Church
• Lions International
• Helping Hands
• Elburn Senior Dinner
• Northern Illinois Food Bank
• Campaign Sight First II
• West Towns Human Services Network

Letter: Elburn Leos invite community to fight hunger

The Elburn Leo Club is inviting all community residents to participate in a food drive on
Sunday, Dec. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon at Elburn Lions Community Park, 500 Filmore St., in conjunction with their annual Breakfast with Santa.

This event is part of the Relieving the Hunger Campaign, a Leo Club global campaign taking place during the months of December and January that focuses on hunger and malnutrition.

Leos everywhere share a common belief: community is what we make it. During the Relieving the Hunger campaign, Leos are fighting hunger in their communities, while raising awareness of this global problem. Over one billion people do not get enough food to be healthy. Recently, financial and economic crises have pushed more people into hunger, and many hunger relief organizations are finding it difficult to keep up with demand.

For the Elburn Leos, organizing this project gives us a chance to help families in our community who don’t have enough to eat or can’t afford to buy nutritious food giving us the opportunity to build a stronger, healthier community.

The Elburn Leos challenge you to help your community by collecting non-perishable food items, paper and personal hygiene products from now until the date of the food drive. From Nov. 27 through Dec. 5, a drop box will be available for your convenience at Jewel Osco in Elburn. You can purchase an item at Jewel and leave it in the drop box labeled for the Elburn Leo Club Food Drive.

You could also consider organizing your neighbors, family and friends or ask your employer if you can place a box out at work, label it for donations for the Leo Club Food Drive and drop off all you have collected on Dec. 5 at Elburn Lions Park. All items donated will benefit the Elburn Food Pantry.

In addition to the club’s upcoming Relieving the Hunger service event, the club will host a Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves will be mingling with the guests and chatting with the children about their Christmas wishes. Bring your camera and take home a memory.

All-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, orange juice, coffee and milk will be available. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children 4 to 12, and free for children 3 and younger.

The proceeds from this event will benefit Elburn Leos Charities.

Leo clubs are groups of boys and girls ranging in age from 12 years to 18 years old who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Elburn Leo Club, please contact Pam Hall at (630) 365-2620 or pamh@elburnlions.com

Check out our website at www.elburnlions.com and get involved in helping your community.

Pam Hall
Elburn Leo Club Advisor

Letter: Lions say thank you to Elburn Days sponsors

The Elburn Lions Club would like to thank the following Elburn Days sponsors for their generous donation of services and contributions: A-1 Concrete Leveling & Foundation Repair, American Bank & Trust Co, Aurora Tri State, Bob Jass Chevrolet, Bob Jo Cycle Co., Bob’s Repair & Golf Cart Sales, Collision Centers of America, Computer Network Management, LLC, Country Automotive, Inc., Daily Herald, Delnor Hospital, Dr. Harry Krauspe, DDS, Drs. Horton & Vranas, DDS, Elburn Coop & Blackberry Station, Elburn Herald, Elburn Radiator & Repair, Engineering Enterprises, Inc., Eyes on Elburn, Ltd., Fifth Third Bank, Fleck & Uhlich, Ltd., G. Snow & Sons, Geneva Construction Co., Hobby Town USA, Hodges Westside Truck Center Inc, Hogan Walker, LLC, Hughes Creek Golf Club, Inboden’s Meats, Ltd., J & R Herra Plumbing & Heating, Joe Dieter & Sons, Inc., Kane County Chronicle, Knuckleheads Tavern, LaFarge North America, Leyden Electric, Inc., M & M Dance, Mediacom Communications Corp., Metrolift, Inc., Midwest Window & Supply, Old Second Bank, Paisano’s Pizza & Grill, Photocraft, Inc., Rempe-Sharpe & Assoc., Inc., Ross Electric, Inc., S & K Masonry, Inc., S & P Builders, Inc., Schenk Custom Builders, Schmidt’s Towne Tap, SH & D General Trucking, Inc., Skinner Amusements, Inc., St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club, Terry’s Lawn Service, The Care of Trees, The Morse Group, The Tech Shop, Inc., Tri County Coins & Collectibles, U.S. Specialty Packaging, Unilock Chicago, United Visual, Inc., Valley West Sandblasting & Painting, Inc., and WSPY FM 107.1.

With the generous support of people like you, we will be able to continue serving our community as well as assist in providing services worldwide.

Thank you again for your continual support of the Elburn Lions Club.

Pam Hall, Steve Hall, Cheryl Lee, Al Lee,
Allison Durham, Dennis Schenk,
Nancy Wilkison
Elburn Days 2010 Sponsorship Committee

Weather fails to dampen Elburn Days

Based on the numbers, Elburn Days 2009 proves successful
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Elburn Lions Club treasurer Alan Lee has been running the Elburn Days beer gardens, a big money-maker for the club, since 2003, and also has been the organization’s treasurer for several years. Lee said he is confident that this year’s Elburn Days was profitable.

Although it rained Friday evening, the entire event was not affected by storms as some past festivals have been, with fair weather reigning the remainder of the weekend.

“All in all, it turned out a lot better than we expected,” Lee said.

Lee said sales overall were good from tickets to vendors, but the Lions have yet “crunch the numbers” and determine costs for the event.

Lee said the car raffle had an exceptional year; all tickets were sold before Friday of Elburn Days. In addition, the Lions Beef Stand had its best year ever, and the Beer Garden sales eclipsed the record year of 2005.

Lions volunteer Pam Hall helped to raise donations in a financially difficult year and was able to secure new businesses reflecting an increase of 11 percent in sponsorships from the prior year, Lee said.

The Lions donate most of the festival profits to organizations benefiting seeing and hearing-impaired individuals, and to other charities.

“We are very fortune the community supports our charities,” Lee said. “It is a compliment to all our volunteers.”

Profits from an event held during the festival, the St. Gall’s rummage sale, were high, sale coordinator Annette Theobald said. The rummage sale made about $9,000, which is better than what it has brought in the last few years, she said.

The St. Gall’s rummage sale proceeds support church programs and projects.