Category Archives: Service projects

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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Let Your Passion Lead You to Become a Beacon of Hope

A lot has happened since the Shabbona Fishing Derby. On July 21, District Governor Ron Fruit and I went to our first club visit in Hanover, IL. We were greeted warmly and had a blast talking with them about Ron’s theme for the year (Let Your Passion Lead), President Sid Scruggs III’s theme (A Beacon of Hope), and their current service projects. Ron stressed that through our passion for service we can make a difference in our communities. So, Ron joined the two themes together by stating, “Let Your Passion Lead You to Become a Beacon of Hope.” Throughout the year, Ron will stress this theme throughout the district in all our club visits. When we left Hanover Lions Club, we felt completely uplifted and happy to be a lion.

When the flood rains hit our district on the 23rd and 24th of July, Ron received calls from Pearl City, Leaf River, and Freeport asking for aid in supplying drinking water and cleaning supplies to help those that were displaced from their homes due to flooding. Over 2,000 people were said to be displaced. Ron immediately set to work in getting a grant from LCIF. To help matters along, Ron and I went to Pearl City and took pictures of the damage after the water started to recede. In record time, we received a grant from Lions Clubs International for $5,000. Thank you LCIF!

While working on that, we also had our second club visit in East Dubuque. Again, we felt completely welcomed and emphasized service. We also learned more about their service projects and affirmed our passion for being lions. If anyone is interested, they are having a dinner auction this Friday, August 13th at D’s Place on Hwy 20 in East Dubuque, IL at 6pm. Some auction items include golf outings, restaurant meals, gift certificates, hotel stays, & more!

Next step, our first Cabinet Meeting…well mine actually. Ron’s first as District Governor. It started a little rocky, but straightened out once PDG Austin D’Souza presented PID Russ Sarver with a prestigious Humanitarian Award from President Obama. Then, PID Bud Wahl talked to the Cabinet about his campaign to run as Second Vice President of Lions Clubs International and asked for our support during state convention. The Cabinet meeting continued on as scheduled after that, then adjurned to dinner, which was catered by the Leaf River Lions Club and it was delicious. Thank you!

On August 3, we went to our third club visit in Belvidere, which really felt like returning home for me because I grew up in Belvidere. Ron encouraged service projects and even suggested giving the scholarship winners T-Shirts announcing that their scholarships came from the Belvidere Lions Club to wear for the Boone County Fair this week, August 10 through the 15. The Belvidere Club loved the idea and some thought Ron was a great speaker. We might even help at their food stand if we manage to get there sometime this week. Of course we will be there, since I have never missed the Boone County Fair. Besides, we are helping with the pedal pulls Sunday morning. We also have a Council Meeting this weekend, so we will just make it to the fair Sunday morning. I’m hoping to go sometime this week after work with my nephew. So, if your interested come on out to the Boone County Fair in Belvidere, IL on Rt. 76 to support the Belvidere Lions Club.

On August 5, Ron went to Lena for the district golf outing. I could not miss work that day, but everyone said it was a perfect sunny, breezy day to go golfing. I’ve had people tell me how much fun they had, even Ron took the time to play even though he hasn’t golfed in about five years.

Now, this week I also have an electronic newsletter to create for the month of August. I received rave reviews on my newsletter from last month, so I’m hoping not to disappoint anyone. If you know of anything you think should be in the District 1D newsletter this month, let me know.

Please feel free to comment. I love to chat with people.

Thanks, Lion Nicole Fruit

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Posted by on August 10, 2010 in Lions Club, Service projects


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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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