Lake Township FISH: November News

lake Township FISHThe community that supports Lake Township FISH has to be one of the most joyous around because of its generosity! It seems we hear so much about greed in the world today at every level. In contrast, it is refreshing and uplifting to see the dedication of the donors to FISH who totally support it by giving time and resources to help those in need. During the last two months we have seen an exceptional outpouring of sharing.

Several businesses in our community continue to take the opportunity to give to FISH on a regular basis. The following donated items to FISH pantry: Giant Eagle-grocery bags, Dave Valentine and Senior Sitters-sugar, Pizza Hut-weekly pizzas and pastas, Twice Is Nice-assorted groceries, Agape Ministries and Richard Kinsley-bakery items, Neo-Fill-laundry detergent and cookbooks and Lake Community Credit Union-hundreds of grocery items.
Over the Labor Day weekend, Lake High student, Sarah Van DeWeert from Grace United Church of Christ in Uniontown, collected groceries for FISH for a National Honor Society service project. She collected and deliv-ered $15 in cash and 953 items to the pantry!
The Fourth Annual FISH Benefit Dinner was well at-tended. Two hundred thirty people attended and the fund-raiser resulted in a gain of $6,000 in funds for the organi-zation. FISH sponsors for this event were: Rembrandt Homes, Hartville Kitchen, Hartville Hardware, Yoder-Bontrager Insurance and Financial Services, Dutcher Doors, Inc., Ramsburg Insurance and Financial Insur-ances, Uniontown Lions, Advent Lutheran and Adventure Place. Because the sponsors paid for the food for the din-ners, entertainment and labor costs, 100% of the proceeds was given to FISH.
Weight Watchers of Hartville conducted a campaign, “Lose For Good” which resulted in the FISH pantry in-creasing by 300 pounds of groceries matching the 300 pounds lost by Weight Watchers members.

Other organizations in Lake Township collected groceries for FISH and these included: AARP, Girl School Troop 532 and Daisy Troop 61057. Several of the churches in Lake Township and Lake Center Christian School held “Brown Bag Food Drives” throughout September and October which added hundreds of much needed products to the pantry.
It may seem that there were a lot of donations during these last two months and indeed there were.

We are most grateful for this benevolent spirit shown. For the first 8 months of 2011, we have seen a marked increase from 2010 of 23% for food orders and 35% for other emergency assistance requested. Perhaps more signifi-cantly, the cost of groceries has increased dramatically. The groceries FISH distributes are now valued at 49% more than last year. Part of the increase was due to the bakery items, pizzas, eggs and fresh produce that were added to the food orders.

As a reminder, FISH pays for two items in each food order: a Giant Eagle gift card for $10 or $15 (depending on the size of the family) and ground beef. All other contents in the orders, including food, toiletries, paper products and soaps are donated. To all who have chosen to be a part of this organization to help the needy in our community, we extend heartfelt thanks.

The Pickerington Lions Club will celebrate 65 years Nov. 5

by Nate Ellis 

pickerington LionsThe Pickerington Lions Club will celebrate 65 years of service to the local community with a commemorative banquet next month.

In September 1946, 38 charter members officially formed the Pickerington Lions Club.

Sixty-five years later, the club remains a fixture in Pickerington, and it continues many of the same traditions of its original members, including helping provide eyeglasses and eye exams to those in need in the community.

On Nov. 5, the approximately 45-member club will celebrate its 65th anniversary with a banquet at the Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Drive.

The event will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. It also will serve as an opportunity to look back on the history of the Lions Club in Pickerington.

“Every five years, we do a little celebration,” club president Brian Fox said. “What’s interesting about it to me is the club has been here for 65 continuous years.

“They’ve been doing the same things we do today — the eyeglasses, paying for eye exams and just anything that needs to be done in the community.”

The Lions currently are taking reservations for the anniversary dinner, which will include salad, roast pork tenderloin, lasagna, mashed potatoes, vegetables and birthday cake. The cost of the dinner is $20 per person. Reservations can be made by calling Fox at (614) 833-4728 or by sending an email to bfox1964@aol.com.

In addition to dinner and drinks, attendees will receive a limited-edition pin commemorating the Pickerington Lions Club’s 65th anniversary.

“It’s kind of neat to know you’re part of something that stretches way back and continues to do things that need to be done,” Fox said.

In 1946, the Canal Winchester Lions Club was integral in the establishment of the Pickerington Lions because it served as Pickerington’s sponsor.

At next month’s banquet, Jackie Christensen, president of the Canal Winchester Lions Club, will serve as the event’s guest speaker. He will present and comment on Helen Keller’s famous 1925 speech to the Lions International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, in which she asked Lions to adopt the cause of the blind.

The banquet also will allow the Pickerington Lions Club to roll out its newly published official history. Written by Fox after extensive research of records going back to the beginning of the club, the book looks at the club’s activities and service to the community from the beginning to present times.

It also contains a historical roster of club members. The club is publishing it through Ancestry.com and will print only the number of books ordered. The book can be ordered for $38 through the club.

“We have had a footlocker at the senior center filled with old records and papers and this and that,” Fox said. “It was chock-full with stuff, but nobody really knew what we had.

“One day, I decided to take it home. It had minutes from past meetings, correspondences and old newsletters going all the way back to the beginning of the club. I started going back and it really was tremendously interesting to me.”

Fox said the book highlights the formation of the Pickerington Lions Club, as well as its decisions to focus on helping the sight-deprived and upgrading what now is known as Victory Park. It also speaks to the club’s commitment to annually provide Pickerington’s Labor Day parade and fish fry, and its adoption of local families in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

In addition to the keynote address, dinner and the unveiling of the book, the Lions Club will present its annual “Distinguished Service Award” to a member at the banquet, and Fox said Lions Club members from throughout Ohio are expected to attend.

“We are a service organization and our motto is, ‘We Serve,’” he said. “We take that seriously and we serve the communiity in a number of ways.

“Our members are excited about (the 65th anniversary). It’s like a birthday. You’re happy you’re still around, but there’s plenty of work still to be done.”

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