Clinton Lions Club to disband after 85 years
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
While the Clinton Lions Club is marking its 85th year in 2021, it will be the club’s last, as it is dissolving at the end of the month.
In an interview with The Citizen, President Clayton Groves said the club had been “hanging on” for the past three or four years, despite a relatively small membership. With housing prices skyrocketing locally, some members chose to move away, which he says was really the final nail in the coffin for the club, which now just has five members.
Groves also said the motivation to volunteer and make money to be reinvested into the community, attend meetings and host events, just doesn’t seem to be as strong as it was years ago.
He said the decision to “pull the plug” was then made, with all the appropriate paperwork being filed with Lions Clubs International and accepted with regret. The club’s Catch the Ace draw would be its final official fundraiser, with a garage sale planned for this Saturday to sell off some of the items the club has collected over the years.
The club’s final donations went to the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation in the amount of $7,000 and the Huron Residential Hospice for $5,000 with some smaller donations being made to the schools in Clinton.
Over the years, Groves, who has been a member for over 35 years, says the club has contributed to many causes throughout the town and he predicts that the club’s presence will be missed. The club has also supported local food banks, the Lions guide dog program, local camping options for children and disc golf and maintenance at the park south of Clinton, which will come to an end after this year.
Some of the remaining members, Groves said, will join other local clubs, most notably Londesborough.
At Monday night’s Central Huron Council meeting, Mayor Jim Ginn relayed the news, saying it was disappointing and that the community had truly benefited from the Lions Club for many years.
He directed staff to draft a letter to the club, thanking it and its members for all of their hard work over the years on behalf of the municipality.