We currently work five different fund raising activities, which keeps a club our size pretty active (and a few of us out of trouble) -a Street Fair in downtown Wanamaker (last Sunday in June),
the Marion County Fair Demolition Derby (June),
the Gene Beckman Memorial Golf Outing (September),
the IU-Big Ten Basketball Book (season),
and Heavy Duty Trash Bags (year round).
The Street Fair in Wanamaker is a 30+ year tradition that has been managed by a number of community service organizations, including, as of 2004, the Franklin Township Lions Club.
Historically speaking, the fair may go back much further than 30 years, as it has been noted that the Marion County 4-H Fair was a Wanamaker affair before it became a county wide 4-H event (original 4-H fairgrounds at the west end of Wanamaker - CVS now sits on the corner of the former grounds).
Lion Tom Potts, Sr. took the helm of our inaugural event, with much help and input from former managers Julia Dunkman and Jim Trimble (borrowed from the Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce).
Our Lions club plans to continue the successes of the last years and those previously organized by Julia & Jim, including the date (last Sunday of June) and time (9a - 4p), the types and varieties of vendors, even the very popular Classic Car Show.
There's likely still room for your display, right on Southeastern Avenue (between the light at Northeastern on the east end and McGaughey on the west).
Booth spaces are 10' square, are a $75 donation to the Lions for each space, and have electricity available to some spaces for an additional $25 (need for hookup must be applied for in advance). For event details and registration forms just click here, OR you can simply reserve your booth space(s) on-line, right here: http://IndyFTLions.weebly.com
Another of our traditional fund raisers has been the contracted management of the Demolition Derby at the Marion County Fair each summer. Members of our club, with assistance from a number of 'volunteers' (not uncommonly, arm-twisted family and friends),
oversee the layout of the derby 'track' (mud pit with barrier walls),
inspect and seed the cars entered,
For years we've also counted on the likes of the Marlins and the Mitchkos to remove demolished vehicles between heats, and our Franklin Township Fire Dept. to provide the necessary safety crews. The fair's event rules help ensure a fun and safe event for all. Participants for this year's event (June 23 & 24, '17) can get the latest info by calling the Fair office at 317-353-2444, or they may have information posted on their web site (www.marioncountyfair.org).
The Gene Beckman Memorial Golf Outing, hosted by our club for the past few years, is a reprisal of the golf tournaments held some years ago. Named in honor of one of our most active Lions and community volunteers, proceeds from this event are donated to Lion Gene's favorite Lion charity. Played on Franklin Township's own Dakota Landing golf course, up to 18 foursomes enjoy a day of camaraderie, ice cold refreshments, a satisfying lunch, a putting contest, great prizes, even some good golfing (depending on which player you might talk to).
This year's event begins at 8:15a (registration at 7:30a) on Saturday, September 17. Event chair Lion Jerry Hannigan has provided the registration form (just click and print) or contact him directly with any questions you may have.
For fifteen years now, our club has distributed the IU - Big Ten Basketball Books - a great fund raiser for our club, and a lot of fun for those who watch the games with a book in hand.Each book is numbered, and it's the last two digits of that number that count - those two digits put that book somewhere on the grid. At the basketball game's conclusion, the final score is used to determine which book number on the grid wins. In this example, the 9 of IU's 89 and the 2 of Northwestern's 82 line up to grid book number 46, meaning any book with last two digits of 46 (# 146, 246, 346, etc.) win a $50 prize PLUS a $10 bonus with the IU win. The in-state rivalry with Purdue nearly demands that we pay double for those games (so we do).
There are 18 pages of game grids like these, one for each Big Ten ball game, and each page has a winning book number that automatically claims the prize (we just mail a check to the winner, without being asked). Books are distributed late fall, up to the first Big Ten game (usually the first of January). We've awarded over $1,000.00 each year to our book holders over the years we've had this project. Care to join in the fun? Contact chair Lion Bob Jackson (or e-mail us) to get your copy. Want to see who the current winners are?
We've been selling heavy duty trash bags (at light duty prices) for so long, it's hard to remember a time when our club didn't have this project. 100 bags on a roll, in a handy dispensing box, sport a tough 3mil thickness and either 30 or 33 gallon (trash can) sizes for $19 or $21. Contact project chair Lion Floyd Selke for your supply, right now.
In our club's 30+ year history, we've done a number of projects to raise the funds we donate back to the community: citrus fruit sales, watermellon sales, board games (with local flare), garage sales, hosting golf tournaments, go-cart races, township nights at Indianapolis Indians ballgames, working the gates at the State Fair, or the parking lot at the county fairgrounds, among others. We're proud to say we've never used funds from the public for private club functions (our dues cover the in-club activities) - all raised moneys go back into our community, be it local or global - part of the Pride of being a Lion . . .
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