‘In some places a home was left untouched; in others the bricks from a patio or a metal fence are all that is left.’ the community to use the space as a community center. First they need to renovate it. For that they need money, something they don’t have. Allowing the recovery center to operate full-time out of the club building for almost a year meant “the club essentially bankrupted itself,” says Dun-lap. Like in Middletown, the center was manned by Lions and non-Lions such as Rose Geck. According to Geck, Barry Bialkoski, president of the Redwood Lions Memo-rial Foundation, was “instrumental in really helping us feel like ‘wow, we have somebody that we can count on to help us fill the needs of the community.’” When she needed bins to organize the clothes, Bialkoski got them for her. When she needed money for tools or shoes, Bialkoski provided it. Open long past most other recovery centers in the area, the center became known for being a place where fire victims could go to get a cup of coffee and talk to people like President John Cappa. When he joined Lions more than a decade ago, Cappa said it was what you did if you wanted to know everyone in the community. Since then, he said, the club has been in decline. At the time of the fire they had about 30 members. Six of those members lost their homes. But the fire also gave them new members. Dunlap joined after showing up to help out. Kelly Stuckey joined after going to the recovery center to get drinking water. When her now adult son was younger he was a Leo, and when Stuckey decided to join she brought him with her. He has since recruited his girlfriend. “The club had declined quite a bit in membership and activities,” says Dunlap. “The fire became kind of the last straw and kind of a rebirth too.” The fire destroyed more than 70,000 acres. Signs of the fire’s destructive path remain nearly two years later.