AMBOY — The Amboy Lions are revving up their engines for the upcoming Depot Days. The Clubs’ next big event will be the Amboy Depot Days Parade on Saturday, Aug. 27. The parade will step off at 3 p.m. from the Amboy City Park on East Main Street and proceed down Main Street to the old Junior High. This year’s theme is “Saturday in the Park.” Go to the Club’s Face book page if interested in entering a float or other entry. The Club will also accept entries the day of the parade at the Park between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. The Grand Marshall has been selected and will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.
In May, Amboy Lions Club Scholarships were presented to five deserving Amboy High School seniors. On Monday, July 25, the five recipients and their parents were honored at a dinner put on by the Club. Each recipient introduced themselves and their parents and told the Club about their career goals and where they will be attending school in the fall. The Amboy Lions are proud of their continued commitment to the scholarship program. Over the past 25 years the Club has given out almost $60,000 to area students to continue their education. Scholarship winners are pictured. From left to right: Lion Scholarship Chairman Jim Travi, Mason Ely, Lauren Althaus, Alexis Morgan, Lauren Tarr, and Andruw Jones.
On Sept. 10, the Amboy Lions will hold their annual Draw Down. This is the Club’s biggest fund raiser of the year to help support various community events. A Grand Prize of $2,000 cash and a total of $5,500 in cash and other prizes will be given out throughout the evening. A ticket is good for two dinners catered by the Lee County Pork Producers and the chance to win prizes. Tickets are now available. See a Lions Club member to get your ticket today. This is a fun evening for all.
One month later, on Oct. 8, the Lions will host a free Community Health Fair at the Amboy Community Center from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The Lions of Illinois Foundation will provide free hearing and vision screenings. The Amboy Fire Department will participate with a demonstration on child safety. The KSB Community Wellness Dept. will have several departments represented. Numerous other vendors will also be participating. Watch for more information available in the Amboy News over the next six weeks. Door prizes and a light lunch will be provided.
The Committee of Diane Blaine, Perry Braida, Mary May and Jim Travi are working diligently to make this a very worthwhile community event.
On a sad note, the Club lost one of it’s pioneer members in June. Cecil Harrison was a member of the Amboy Lions Club for over 50 years, serving as President, and chairing numerous committees throughout his tenure. Cecil was responsible for sponsoring many members over the years. He will be truly missed.
The Club is always ready to welcome new members. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 6 – 7 p.m. at the Community building. If interested in becoming an Amboy Lion, contact a member or attend one of our meetings as our guest.