Naperville Noon Lions in Illinois like to think creatively when planning projects. That’s why when they sponsored their 12th annual Turkey Trot, one of the participating runners was actually 7,000 miles away. Afghanistan-based Maj. Anne Brophy wrote to Lions asking about the possibility of displaying a banner for members of her family, for whom the Turkey Trot had become an annual tradition. Since she couldn’t be with them for the 2009 run, she wanted to show her support. Lions agreed that Brophy could register but run the race in Afghanistan. Brophy, a lawyer in the Army’s JAG Corps, registered herself. Ten Brophy family members participated in the Naperville run on Thanksgiving Day while the major ran in Kandahar with other military personnel. As soon as she finished her run, Brophy sent her time to Lions, who then entered it in the Naperville race’s results. She placed 126th out of 252 in her age group. Event coordinator Bill McManus says running the race has become customary for many families. “Anne said she missed her family and the Turkey Trot,” he explains. “We wanted to keep that tradition going for all of them. It was important.” More than 5,000 participants ran or walked in the 5K event with registration fees that ranged from $25 to $40 apiece. “We’ve really taken off the past four years,” Mc- Manus points out. “The Turkey Trot kicks off many other holiday events in Naperville, so we have a lot of people come out for it.” Lions raised $124,000, much of which will provide supplies for diabetics and sight and hearing screenings. Kids love to fish and Lions love to serve. A recent fishing derby sponsored by the Clark and Willow Lake Lions Clubs in South Dakota brought the two together in a day of fun for 63 children and their parents and guardians. Lions and their guests first gathered in a high school gymnasium, where Lions showed the kids, who ranged in age from first graders to sixth graders, several important fishing tips. “The groups went through breakout stations where they learned lure tying, about fishing gear and fish ecology,” Clark Lion Brad Lamb explains. Each participant received a new rod and reel to keep. Lions also supplied tackle and bait and served lunch after the derby. The children were bused to Two Dam Slough, where “they were soon on the shore fishing away,” Lamb says. “Shortly after, the small mouth bass and several other species were beginning to bite.” The air was thick with excitement as the kids began catching fish. “The happy squeal of an angler yelling to let everyone know he or she just caught a fish was all the thanks Lions needed to hear,” he points out. The cost for the day’s outing was $1,300 and Lions intend to make the derby an annual event shared by the two clubs. Lions in St. Charles, Minnesota, not only built two pavilions for a community park, they also maintain them. When new shingles were needed for a deteriorating roof, Lions got to work immediately. Materials were donated by the city, but Lions spent three Saturdays doing the work themselves. They plan next to build a dog run park.
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