Recycling a Team Effort There are times when Medway, Massachusetts, Lions are so busy with their monthly recycling project that Dawn Rice- Norton says “it’s like a small elves factory that gets set up and taken down each month.” The club maintains two sheds where community members can donate their recyclables to Lions, who each month sort and process anywhere between 35,000 to 60,000 pieces. “It takes Lions, Leos, friends, families and Peer Counselors [a teen group] to carry it out. We do this for 11 months of the year, missing just December because our other huge fundraiser is selling more than 1,000 Christmas trees,” she explains. The club averages profits of $1,700 to $2,000 a month by recycling and raises another $10,000 from its annual tree sale. “We’ve been doing this for 20 years. It’s one of our first and most long-lived fundraisers,” says Linda Reynolds. Lions recently began a partnership with the Wrentham State School for people with developmental disabilities. “We do levels of sorting and they earn additional money by further separating the glass bottles by distributorship,” Reynolds explains. One recent $20,000 donation helped fund a 300th anniversary celebration for the whole community. Rice-Norton says that there is, in fact, so much good that Lions are doing with profits that it inspires them to do more. “There are so many things—it really makes the freezing/sweating and sorting through nasty bottles and cans worthwhile.” Big Game is a Big Fundraiser Rockland, Massachusetts, Lions call themselves “The Club That Has No Fun.” It’s a “tongue-in-cheek” reference, explains Brian White of the 35-member club located 22 miles south of Boston. “We have tons of fun.” A Beast Feast featuring big game cooked and served by Lions at turn-of-the-century, lakeside Camp Kiwanee raised $3,600 to help victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. On the menu: wild Russian boar, great elk, Vermont moose, red stag, buffalo and venison. White explains that local sportsman Reid Cunningham donated the meat, estimated to cost $2,000 if purchased. “He’s a friend of the club who is an avid hunter. The tickets sold themselves; we could have sold 50 more easily. There is a huge demand for big game dinners.” Moose, elk and wild boar were the favorites. Lions showed off their creativity on and off the grills. “We made the chili from a threemeat combo as well as small burgers known as wild game sliders. We have several great cooks and even our own chef—me,” says White, who joined the club in 2008. “I do it for a living. At our breakfast events, I work the omelet station cruise-ship style.” Lions keep a busy schedule round the year with a service activity or fundraiser scheduled nearly every month, including a 50-mile Ride for Sight motorcycle run in July. Since being chartered in 1956, the Rockland Lions Club has donated more than $100,000 to the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund.
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