Category Archives: Kirkland Lions Club

A “Hoppy” Service Project for all Involved

My sisters, my 2-year-old nephew, DG Ron Fruit and I went to the Annual Kirkland Lions Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 23, 2011. With a ton of other parents and children waiting behind the white line, we all chatted with the people around us and watched the children eagerly wait for PDG Lion Wayne Fruit to announce when it was time to make a mad dash towards the candy, which was spread out onto the Hiawatha football field. After the call to “go” and even though it only lasted for about ten minutes, the other children and my nephew had a great time. He loved the candy and the stuffed bunny he received from the Kirkland Lions. This service project that the Kirkland Lions do for the community benefits parents and children and forms a more unified community.

Lion Nicole Fruit


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Shabbona Handicap Fishing Derby

On July 15, 2010, Ron and I went on our first service project as District Governor and partner in service. We both took that hot 92°  sunny Thursday off of work to help pass out popcorn with the Kirkland Lions Club to handicap children and their aids at the Shabbona, IL Handicap Fishing Derby. Well, Ron mostly past out popcorn while I tended to eat it. I was amazed that twenty-two volunteers from Kirkland alone came to the derby to help out. While Kirkland passed out popcorn, other clubs from district 1-D, 1-J, and 1-K did other great things for the participants.

Most of the time, Ron and I walked around talking with people from all over. Watching the kids play baggo, or take rides out in the lake to fish, or have their face painted, or try painting their own faces on their own. There was even a petting zoo for everyone to enjoy. There were even tractor trailer rides to help people get around.

The day went along famously, but because of the heat and lack of state funding, there were not as many children this year as in most years. Another major disappointment for me was the fact that my battery in my camera died at the beginning of the day. I took a total of three pictures and then it was dead. It didn’t even say it was low before hand. When I went to take pictures of the children enjoying themselves, the camera would no longer work. I love taking pictures and there were some great shots I missed.

By 1:30 pm, we started packing up and the children were headed back home by getting on the buses. Because there was to be a Lions Club dinner in the park at 6pm that same day in Shabbona, we decided not to go home to only have to come back later. We all went for ice cream at the restaurant there at the park connected to the bait shop. Afterwards, the secretary of the Kirkland Club invited us all back to the camp grounds where he had his camper parked for a weekend vacation. About ten of us joined him for some cold drinks and polite company….okay, there were two females versus eight men so they behaved as much as possible. Actually, they behaved very well because we also had two teenagers with us. Of course, we had a blast! While we waited for dinner, I got to know the members a lot more and I even learned how to play spoons. Of course, I was the worst at playing it, because when it came down to me being quicker than Ron to get the spoon between the two of us, I was in trouble. Ron still has his football quick reflexes that freak me out sometimes.

By the time 6pm rolled around, I was burnt. We went to dinner and had some great pork chops. We even met up with another couple on our council, Bob and Darlene Jackson. We ate together and reminisced about Australia. The day was so much fun that I plan to keep going to the Fishing Derby whenever I can.

Lion Nicole Fruit


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Kirkland’s 4th of July

As soon as we returned home on Saturday from Australia, we turned around and went to the Kirkland, IL’s 4th of July celebration on Sunday. We arrived in Kirkland early that morning so that Ron could help direct people for the parade and so I could start creating last-minute signs for the float we were going to be on for the parade. Since Ron is a third generation district governor, we had his grandfather and father join us on the float. Everything went quite well.

Unfortunately, Ron’s mother could not be with us because of hip surgery, but we did have a sign announcing that Ron’s parents, Wayne and Jan Fruit, won the Fred Manni award. The award is given to those who have done a great service for the Kirkland community.

After the parade, we went for a Reign bow pork chop dinner. Denny Reign makes the best pork chops ever known to mankind! I’m serious. You have to try them some time in your life. It really should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Our day continued to be busy as we went to Rockford to visit Ron’s mother in the hospital. Then we stopped by my parents’ house in Belvidere to say hello and rest.

My sisters and mother then joined us as we returned to the Kirkland festivities. Ron went to help in the Lion Club’s food stand, while I led my family around the park. We hit the flea market first. Then got some dinner and watched the band in the beer tent. Then we played some bingo. I felt guilty for not helping this year, but I enjoyed the various activities.

Finally, my mother, sisters, and I joined an old high school friend and her family to wade through the huge crowd assembled on the football field to watch the fireworks. The show was marvelous, as always. The Kirkland Lions Club put on an excellent fireworks display that seemed endless. Everyone had a great time. You really should join us next year for the 4th of July.

Lion Nicole Fruit


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