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Pine River Lions Club is Be Inspiring recipient

The Pine River Lions Club as this month’s Be Inspiring recipient. This organization was established in the area in 1978, for the second time. The first time the club had to disband because of lack of membership and volunteers.

When asked about adult role models as they were growing up, each club member acknowledged parents as role models and many fondly recalled a specific classroom teacher.

The Lions Club was established as an organization to focus on sight and hearing. Helen Keller referred to this organization as “The Knights for the Blind.” This is one of the oldest and largest service organizations in the world. They can be found in 205 countries. Although this organization may have begun with sight and hearing, it also internationally assists with leader/guide dogs, natural disasters and diabetes.

Locally, this organization is very service-driven toward the needs of our community.

This group is actively involved with the youth in our community by providing services or monetary needs. The following is a list of youth focused involvement: Take a Kid Fishing, Pine River-Backus scoreboard, Teens Leading the Way, Family Fun Night, Youth Exchange, Grad Blast, diabetes test kit, vision and hearing screens, Youth Outreach, hearing aids, Miss Pine River Scholarship Pageant, scholarships, prescription glasses and Christmas for Kids.

Current and past club fundraising activities include planting tree seedlings (435,000), pancake breakfasts, food stands at the Cass County Fair and the Lakes Bluegrass Festival, roadside pickups, traffic control at Summerfest parade and more.

As a community, the Lions Club feels that home is key. This is where a positive example is needed for youth. The school needs the community’s consistent support. “They help our future,” said a Lions member. Club members agreed that The Warehouse and creating/sustaining community events are great ways for families and kids to interact.

Regarding why helping youth is so important to the organization, it appeared only one statement was needed. “They are the cornerstone of our tomorrow.”

The Lions Club International’s mission statement is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

The Lions Club meets the second Wednesday of each month. If their mission statement of serving your community sounds like something in which you feel strongly, please consider joining their organization.

Every month the Working Together Coalition is recognizing someone from the community who has made a positive impact in children’s lives. Nominations are being accepted for future Be Inspiring recipients. Submit a nomination to Kelly Felton at 218-330-8129 or at

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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