Amboy Lions have a busy April

At the April 11 meeting, the Amboy Lions inducted two new members. District 1D Governor, Lion Tammy Verstraete inducted Barbara Harrison, sponsored by her father, Lion Cecil Harrison and Diane Blaine, sponsored by Lion Jim Travi. Photo submitted

AMBOY — The month of April started for the Lions with their District 1D Annual Convention held in Rockford, on April 2nd. with Lions Roger Wittenauer and Jim Travi in attendance. The focus for this year’s conference was Organ Donation, the importance of being an organ donor and the Leader Dogs for the Blind program. Attendees received valuable information to bring back to their respective clubs.  

The Amboy Club held their annual Rose Day on April 9. Nearly 800 dozen roses were sold. The Club appreciates the generous support given by the community to make this event so successful. The proceeds from the rose sales are used for the Lions Scholarships which are given out in May and the many other projects sponsored by the Club throughout the year. 

At the April 11 meeting, the Amboy Lions inducted two new members. District 1D Governor, Lion Tammy Verstraete inducted Barbara Harrison, sponsored by her father, Lion Cecil Harrison and Diane Blaine, sponsored by Lion Jim Travi. The Club welcomes and looks forward to working with Lion Harrison and Lion Blaine. Governor Verstraete also gave out recognition awards to the following members for their years of service: Lion Gordon Meyers for 35 yrs., Lion Curtis Harrison for 30 years, Lion Jim Travi for 20 years, Lion Reed Akre for 15 years, Lion Dale Adkisson for 15 years, Lion Dennis Marsili for 10 years, and Lion Ed Temes for 10 years. 

The Club thanks and congratulates these members for their many years of service to the Lions and the community.

On April 15, Club members gathered at the Amboy Community Center to dye eggs and fill candy bags for the Cliff Walter Easter Egg Hunt. Members of the AHS Leo Club joined the Club members to fill nearly 200 bags with candy. Ninety dozen eggs donated by Tommy Patel and the Amboy Food and Liquor Store were dyed. The following day, the weather cooperated with a sunny but cool day for the annual Cliff Walter Easter Egg Hunt. The festivities began at 1pm at the Amboy City Park with the Easter Bunny available for photos. Many parents took advantage of this photo opportunity to get a picture of their children with the Easter Bunny. During this time Lion members distributed Easter eggs in the four designated age group areas in the park.  Each age group had four special plastic prize eggs hidden in each area: First prize-$20, second prize- $15, third prize-$10 and fourth prize- $5. The Dixon Wal-Mart gave a monetary donation to help offset some of the costs of the event. At 2 p.m. the horn promptly sounded and over 150 children scrambled to find their eggs.The Amboy Lions were very happy to be able to bring back this event in its original format to the community after being modified due to Covid over the past two years.    

The Amboy Lions meet on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Amboy Community Center.  Any area resident, who would like to learn more about the Lions and their events, should join us as our guest at one of our meetings.

Upcoming events sponsored by the Amboy Lions:

Lions Club Scholarships awarded to AHS Seniors in May

Depot Days Parade in August

Community Health Fair in early Oct.—free hearing, vision, and blood pressure screenings

Pumpkin Decorating for Central School Fourth Graders in October

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