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LONG PRAIRIE LIONS CLUB:
Meetings: Winter- 4th Monday of the month
Summer- 2nd and 4th Monday of the month
5:30pm social hour 6:30pm meal & meeting
@ Thunder Lodge
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Long Prairie Lions continue to support the community
Club invites all prospective members
to learn more about the organization
By Taylor Lunemann- Staff Writer for the Long Prairie Leader
(Thank you Taylor for writing this article!)
If you take a drive around Long Prairie, there’s a good chance you have seen at least one thing supported by a local organization: Lions International. The Lions boast clubs all over the world, including many local ones. In fact, in just the counties of Todd, Morrison, Mille Lacs, Kanabec, Benton, and Stearns, there are over 700 clubs with over 25,000 members.
Overall, there are 46,000 clubs with more than 1.4 million members in over 200 countries around the world.
But what do the Lions do? You may have a better chance of answering ‘what don’t they do?’ Lions members abide by a certain purpose and code of ethics, and aim to meet the needs of communities on a local, and even global scale.
The organization was founded in the United States on June 7, 1917, by Melvin Jones, a Chicago businessman. The organization is headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois.
The local Lions club in Long Prairie has a long history. The original Lions club was founded on May 8, 1929, and started with 22 members. However, that club discontinued in 1942.
The current Lions club formed on Jan. 11, 1954 with 17 members and in just three months, that number jumped to 33 members. The Lions wasted little time making their footprint on the community. Their first project was making sure the beach area at Lake Charlotte was up to date and code. In fact, nearly all of Lake Charlotte Park wouldn’t look the way it does today without the Lions’ continuously adding to it and helping maintain it. Just a few additions included: adding the bike path, building the softball field in 1999, and adding things like shelters, grills, and bathrooms.
But Lake Charlotte Park is just one of many projects the Lions have done in the community. The club collects glasses and hearing aids on an annual basis to help those in need. They have also helped fund eye tests, and tested 750 school kids one year.
“The Long Prairie Lions try to do a good job of organizing each of their projects to make sure they are very successful,” said past president Joyce Rosenow, who has been a member of the club since 1967.
The Lions also make donations to many non profits each year. They have donated to: the Todd County Museum, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle School District, LPGE Band, the Eagle’s Healing Nest, boy scouts and girl scouts, and the LPGE scholarship program, just to name a few. They also are a part of the Adopt-A-Highway program on two different stretches of highway.
Member of the Long Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce
The Long Prairie club has given back at a consistent basis throughout the years, not only with their volunteer work in the community, but also through donations. In 2005, the club donated approximately $30,000. That figure jumped to $40,000 this past year.
For the Lions, it’s all about accomplishing goals to help benefit the community they live in.
“If you live in a community, you have to help build it,” said Lions member Joe Claseman, who joined in 1983. “If you don’t, the community dies, and we want to keep it going for the next generation so they can continue to build on it as well.”
Pictures from Long Prairie Lions Club Facebook
The Long Prairie Lions currently have 42 members, but have been in the 60-70 range in the past and are always looking for more. They welcome anyone interested in learning more about the local Lions to contact a local member.
“If you want to be a member of a club, the Lions will at least give you an opportunity to have a good idea of how they have helped their communities in every aspect,” Rosenow said. “And they do it with the attitude that everybody that lives in this community, even if you’re not a Lion, will benefit from the work.”
Rosenow noted prospective members are invited to contact him, and he can be reached at 320-732-2253.
The Lions undoubtedly make a big impact on the community, and would appreciate continued support for the organization. No one knows the impact quite like Blaine Petrie, who joined the club in 1966 and is the longest Long Prairie Lions member. He noted: “It’s a good organization that just does so much for the community.”
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Location: @ the LP Library 42 3rd Street North
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Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man/woman.
- Benjamin Franklin
Upcoming Chamber & Community Events
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Rainbow Rider Ride to Sauk Centre- EVERY THURSDAY
$10.00 round trip
Departure 10:30am from Long Prairie
Arrival 1:30pm back in Long Prairie
For more information click here: Rainbow Rider Ride
1-800 450 7770
“Our Town” - Haiku Competition
Write a Haiku about "Our Town".
WHAT IS A HAIKU?
The haiku is a Japanese verse in three lines. Line one has 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables and line three has 5 syllables. Haiku is a mood poem and it doesn't use any metaphors or similes and the lines rarely rhyme.
#1 line – 5 syllables
#2 line – 7 syllables
#3 line – 5 syllables
Start date: January 13th
Due date: February 14th
Winners receive $25.00; their picture and Haiku will be in the Long Prairie Leader and their Haiku will be on the Blue Sky mosaic art project for as long as it hangs at Lake Charlotte.
**Please send your entries to the Long Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce 42 3rd Street Long Prairie, MN 56347 or hand it in to the high school, elementary school office or the Chamber of Commerce office in the Long Prairie library building.
Include your NAME, AGE, GRADE (if applicable), ADDRESS and TELEPHONE NUMBER.
SEE below for more information about the project and the competition.
The Beautiful Voices of Sestri
Monday, Jan. 23, 7:00-8pm
@ Long Prairie Library
Sestri, which means “sisters” in Bulgarian, is an all-women a capella group performing traditional Balkan and Slavic folk songs. The songs have origins in countries such as Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Latvia, Macedonia, and Russia, with a common theme of old traditions centered on women’s lives. Come and enjoy an evening of ethnic music! For all ages. Everyone is welcome!
Rewriting the Rural Narative- Citizens Against Drugs Presentation
- University of Minnesota-Extension Research Fellow, Ben Winchester is coming to Todd County
- January 24th
- Staples from 11-12:30PM NJPA Conference room Staples
- Long Prairie from 2-3:30PM Minnesota National Bank Conference room
- FREE and open to the public.
Ben has been working both in and for small towns across the Midwest for over 20 years. Trained as a Rural Sociologist, he conducts applied research on economic, social and demographic topics surrounding a theme of ‘rewriting the rural narrative’. Ben’s presentation will be an engaging and positive springboard for Todd County residents to reflect on how we can all collaborate and continue to write our own Rural Narrative.
Please mark your calendars, and See flyer below
Pancake & Sausage Brunch
Sunday, January 29, 2017
9:45am-1pm @ Trinity Lutheran
All you can eat
CHeese, WARM syrup
Juice, Coffee & Milk
FARE FOR ALL
Orders need to be completed and turned in at either Todd County HSS or Trinity Lutheran Church by February 1st.
PICK UP on February 6th, 2017
If you are planning to drop off orders at church, please know that our office closes at 3PM on Wednesday. TC HSS and TC Veteran’s Club are open until 4:30pm.
Please feel free to Share this with anyone you think should be reminded.
LPGE Girls Basketball Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser
February 1st, Wednesday
5:30-8pm @ Thunder Lodge
Free will donation!
Coffee in Clotho
1st Friday of the month - February 3rd
6:30am-9am @ Clotho United Methodist Church
Just For Kix dance performance
Friday, February 3, 2017
Halftime @ LPGE Basketball varsity game
Holes to Heaven – Ice fishing derby & raffle(see attachment)
Saturday, February 4, 2017
12-3pm @ Head of the Lakes Resort on Osakis Lake
Sponsored by: St. Mary’s Catholic School in Long Prairie
Once Upon a Reader Epic Pig Scavenger Hunt
Once Upon a Reader Epic Pig Scavenger Hunt! Can you find the 10 pigs hidden around the Long Prairie library?
If you find them all, you just might get a prize! For school aged children.
Monday, Feb. 6 through Saturday, Feb. 18 during library open hours.
Centre Area Concert Association concert: Wylie & the Wild West
MONDAY, February 6th in the Melrose High School Auditorium at 7:30 PM.
If you are not able to attend in Melrose on the 6th Wiley will be in -----
Wadena - Saturday, Feb 4th - Wylie & the Wild West- 7:30 PM - Memorial Auditorium
Alexandria - Friday, February 10th - Wylie & the Wild West - 7:30PM - Tastefully Simple PAC in Alex Area High School
Valentine’s Day Quilt Bingo (see attachment)
Clarissa Ballroom-19281 Kotter Rd, Clarissa MN
Todd County Council on Aging Presents- Valentine’s Day Quilt Bingo Sunday, February 12 A 3-Meat Buffet will be available for purchase 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. served by the Clarissa Ballroom.
Reservations appreciated call-218-756-2322 Desserts & Beverage included. $l2.00 Adults, kids 10 and under discounted, 3 and under free (Not included in Fundraising Event) 1:00 p.m. –Music & Socializing 1:30 p.m. – Bingo $15 Buys You 15 Games of Bingo-3 CARDS PER GAME! $5 Special 16tH Game! Prize is a COACH PURSE MYSTERY Winner of each Game (1-15) Receives a Handmade Quilt! Prizes for Multiple Winners! Beautiful Quilts-MANY MACHINE QUILTED -* Silent Auction * Refreshments –Door Prizes Displays All Proceeds from Quilt Bingo and Silent Auction Contributed to: TCCA Bundled Meals Mileage Delivery & TCCA Senior Services ALL TODD COUNTY FOODSHELVES Bring a Donation for the County Food Shelves! Funds for this event provided by Thrivent Financial Services and the Initiative Foundation FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO DONATE CONTACT VERNA TOENYAN @ 320-815-4301
Annual Chamber Banquet Meeting (see attachment)
Tuesday, February 14th @ Thunder Lodge
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MORE CALENDAR EVENTS:
Click - Long Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce Event Calendar
Welcome New 2017 Chamber Members !
Jim's Auto Repair (January)
Menagerie Greens, Inc (January)
Dreams United/Sueños Unidos (January)
Alexandria Technical & Community College (January)
Central Lakes College (January)
Thank you, also, to all of you who have renewed your membership!
We appreciate you and could not do this without you!
NEW- Small Business Consultants Listing!
Independent Solutions of MN - Janet Byland (September 2016)
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Electronic Sign Use and Fees Schedule
Please click the link above to download our Sign Use Policy and Fee Schedule. If you would like to use the sign (either as a Chamber Member or as a non-member) please fill out the last page of the form and enclose any payment (non-member) for use of the sign and return to the Chamber office. Thank you.
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