Since its beginning in 1950, the Ridgway Lions Club has been actively involved in supporting its community. B.H. Robb, a member of the Clearfield Lions Club and District Zone Chairman, initially pursued the possibility of organizing a Ridgway charter. On April 27, 1950, the charter was successfully intact. Since then, the club has been pursuing many avenues of community support.
A current event the club produces is an annual magic show. John Charleson, Chairman and member for more than 20 years, says this is a major fundraiser.
“We get an outfit to put on the show,” Charleson said. “This is our major fundraiser that goes to the scholarship fund.”
Yearly, the club issues a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school student entering into the medical field. They also offer a Swiss steak dinner, provide boutonnieres for birthdays at Ridgmont Assisted Living Facility in Ridgway, make smoke detectors available for residents in Elk County, sponsor the Halloween parade, and their most prominent support is the eyeglass collection.
“Lions clubs from all over collect eyeglasses,” Ron McMinn, Director and member of 30 years said. “We help Dr. Warren Riegel during his mission trips with providing eyeglasses to those that need them.”
While they strongly support the community but the Ridgway Lions club is lacking community support immensely.
“We can’t get any new members,” Bill Peterson, Secretary and member of 27 years emphasized. “When I joined we had over 32 members back in 1950.”
Without members, the Lions Club risks liquefying.
For more information on the Ridgway Lions Club, contact Dave Amacher at 814-772-7520.
Pick up a copy of the Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.