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Lions Club needs you

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By Carolyn Risner

They do more than collect eyeglasses for the poor and they want a chance to prove it in Williston.

Ervin Kaufman is now spearheading a drive to revitalize the Williston Club so that it can be the active community-oriented club it was in years past.

Kaufman was a Lion in his native Illinois for several years and knows the good that an active club can do.

He has goals that even a small club can do, but right now, more than anything, that club needs members.

Beginning June 3, Zone members will canvas Williston, calling on businesses to tell them how a Lions Club can be beneficial to them, Kaufman said.

For several weeks now, the Lions Club has sponsored the every Saturday Farmers’ Market and Flea Market in an effort to raise funds that will help the club in the months ahead.

The club owns its own building on Fourth Street, but it needs repairs, including a 10x10 area of roof that needs to be re-shingled before cosmetic work like painting and flooring can take place.

For $20 a month, or $10 a week, vendors can set up shop and sell their wares, Kaufman said.

“This is a great location for local crafters,” said Darlene Linnell, who has a booth in the Lions Club building where she sells fabric-covered albums.

Betty Huggins, a knick-knack collector, is now a vendor on Saturday mornings where she sells “a little bit of everything.”

The Lions Club also operates a concession stand where patrons can enjoy breakfast or lunch while the meander through the booths.

Outside, the Lions Club rents space for area gardeners to showcase their produce, flowers and herbs–all at a fraction of retail costs.

Kaufman hopes the interest generated by the flea market and Farmers Market will also generate some interest in the resurrection of the Lions Club.

Dues are $80 annually, or it can be paid quarterly with a minimum of $25 paid at the time of joining.

Anyone interested in helping grow the club, may e-mail Kaufman at erv215@yahoo.com or by calling 875-7756.