Easter Bunny Packs a Punch in Missouri The legend of the Easter bunny goes back centuries, first mentioned in writing in southwestern Germany in the 1600s. A couple of centuries later, in the 1800s, molded chocolate bunnies made their grand entrance and forever changed the Easter bunny’s outlook. And in 2009, House Springs, Missouri, Lions put a full-throttled roar into their Easter egg hunt for children by delivering the fabled bunny on the back of a Harley. More than 350 children and their parents were treated to the spectacular arrival of the Easter bunny (AKA Lion Susan Jones) on the back of Lion Dave Jones’ Harley- Davidson. Cheering kids “egged” on the bunny as she delivered plenty of fun for them. In addition to the eggs they found, each child was given a small gift and the opportunity to pose for photos with the bunny. Plenty, as it turns out. Ask members of the Arnold Lions Club in California. They chop countless cords of wood to provide heat for homes in this mountainous Northern California community located between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. Founded in the late 1920s as a logging community, this mountainous area may be home to some of the hardest working, and perhaps strongest, Lions in the state. For the past 20 years, Arnold Lions have been cutting firewood as a service activity. The project actually serves another purpose, too, says Don McPherson, firewood committee chair. “It’s good to know that we are contributing a needed service to some in the community as well as helping to keep the forest safer from fire hazards.” The committee is composed of 22 Lions who are divided into various work crews. Lions cut wood, stack debris, load trucks with rounds of wood, split the logs into firewood, load it into trucks and deliver it to community members who need it. And just because they’re doing a tough job doesn’t mean they don’t have fun. “This is a group of Lions who work hard while enjoying the companionship and good humor of their friends,” McPherson is quick to point out. “That’s what we do to keep our ‘We Serve’ motto going.”
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