Eye of the Lion

February is almost gone and we are waiting to see if March “comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.”

With Lent around the corner, the Jordaness Lions are hosting a Fish Fry at St. Johns on March 15. The spring and summer bring many Jordaness Lions activities. Our bingo fundraiser will be held on May 3, watch for more information on that, it’s always a fun time.

May brings the city-wide garage sales and The Kindergarten Tree Project. With June and August there is the Scott County Fair, the baseball tournament and the Corn Hole Fundraiser. I could go on, but there are so many things we are busy with to support our community!

In January, we held our bowling fundraiser at Shakopee Bowl. Even though the weather was not so hot, the turnout was great! There were so many wonderful raffle prizes. Thank you to the local businesses and members of the community for their support. Also, a big shout out to all who participated! Proceeds from the fundraiser go to the Jordan Food Shelf, the MN Diabetes Association and community projects.

Recently two of our Lions received the diamond centennial pin for all their contributions and efforts to introduce new members to Lionism. Julie Beckius was born and raised in Jordan, married her high school sweetheart and made her home in Jordan. She does many wonderful things for the community. Beckius knows a lot about being a Lion, she followed the footsteps of her mother Colleen Eischens who is also a very active member of the Jordaness Lions. Beckius loves all of our activities, especially those that involve the youngsters in our community.

Stacy Chalupsky has been a member for five years and has held various positions in our organization right from the start. She joined the Lions to meet more local women from different backgrounds and ages. She wanted to find an organization where she could contribute to causes in a structured way and still have fun. What Lion Chalupsky likes best about being a Jordaness Lion is leaving the world/community a better place than before.

“I like the impact we make, the work we do and the club member interactions,” she said.

Fifteen Jordaness Lions recently attend the 5M2 District Convention in Mankato. They had the opportunity to participate in district business, learn about service projects worldwide, meet Lions from all over the district and have fun! While there, Lion Jackie Leverson was presented with the Can Do Canines, Top Dog Award for all of her outstanding contributions to our annual Bingo event.

Congratulations to our award winners Julie, Stacy and Jackie! You make all of us proud to be Jordaness Lions.

If you are interested in learning more about the Jordaness Lions, check us out on Facebook. We’d love to have you attend a membership meeting as our guest. We meet the second Wednesday of each month at the Jordan Fire Department at 6:30 p.m. For more information, you can contact any Jordaness Lions Member or maryjoldenburg@yahoo.com or linnsch@comcast.net.

South regional editor

Deena is the regional editor for Shakopee, Jordan, Prior Lake and Savage and is passionate about uncovering the truth. Deena also enjoys gardening, playing tennis and up-cycling furniture.

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