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Lions Club Paper Recycling Project Ends

It is with regret that the Dell Rapids Lions Club announces the sudden end to its paper recycling project.

On May 2nd, the Club was notified that Mason City Recycling (MCR) would no longer place their trailers at this distance from their plant in Mason City, Iowa. Rising operating costs, coupled with lower product
rices, was behind this business decision.

Dells Lions began the project in April 2008, after being contacted by MCR. We collected the paper which MCR uses in making an insulation product which it sells.

During these past 11 years, we have been proud of this community service project that has kept over a million and a half pounds of paper and cardboard out of our county landfill. The last trailer, number 62, is full, ready
to be hauled out
in the near future.

We have regrets: that we couldn't give more notice to the community; that we won't be able to continue providing this valuable environmental service. Most of all, we will miss seeing and visiting with our faithful
"contributors. "

To everyone who supported this project over the years: THANK YOU! Without your bags and boxes of paper, old books, and pick-up loads of cardboard, we would not have been able to raise over $31 ,000 which we, in
urn, gave back to various causes and concerns in our community.

It's been a win-win for Dell Rapids and we thank you!

Dell Rapids Lions Club

    Our club was chartered in September of 1944 and has provided funds and volunteers in the Dell Rapids Community whenever called upon. Sight conservation has long been one of the major activities of Lionism and that has certainly been true in our community. For many years we have helped purchase eyeglasses for individuals unable to afford them. We have held free vision screening clinics as well as diabetes clinics. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in our nation.

       Lions also collect used eyeglasses at various locations in town. The glasses
are taken to the South Dakota Lions Foundation in Sioux Falls where volunteers sort and label them according to prescription. They are then turned over to V.O.S.H. — Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity —whose members travel to Mexico and other impoverished countries and fit needy citizens with these eyeglasses free of charge.

       Over the years our club has helped the community in many ways. We sponsor the Boy Scout troop and provide a CompuMed machine for the use of Dell Rapids hospital home-nursing-care patients. Several years ago we completed a beautiful new community sign—supported by native quartzite pillars—on the city's west edge. We offer an annual scholarship of $1000 to a student to be selected from DRHS, SMHS, or Baltic High School. We established "Lions Park" along the rapids of the Big Sioux River and during 1999-2000, refurbished the enclosed picnic shelter in the City Park. We also financially support Dell Rapids Community Haven (out-of-school-time program), the S.D. Lions Eye and Tissue Bank, the S.D. Lions Foundation, and the Leader Dog School for the Blind (Rochester, Michigan).

       Community support has made our aluminum can recycling collection a huge success for decades. In the spring of 2008, we took on paper recycling which has been a very successful project. We also serve a pancake breakfast in the spring and a Meat Raffle two Friday's a month from Oct-April at Norby's. All profits from our fundraisers are used for charitable causes; funds for club expenses come from dues and other in-club projects.

       We meet at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the Pizza Ranch. We  have a brief meeting followed by a program presented by a guest speaker. Meetings last one hour.

       Membership is open by invitation to any person, male or female, 18 years of age or older, who has a desire to serve our community and mankind world-wide.


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Event and Meeting
Our meetings are held at the Dell Rapids Pizza Ranch at  6:30 pm on the first Thursday of each month. Meetings last one hour.
May 2, 2019
 Club Meeting

May 4, 2019
Paper Trailer

May 18, 2019
Paper Trailer
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