PLAINFIELD — The Plainfield Lions Club was chartered April 1, 1926, with 21 members. The current roster is marking its 85th year of service to the community with a celebration.
Member Dan Young said one thing that attracted him to the club was its donation practices.
“I think its noteworthy that 100 percent of the proceeds we generate goes to the charity,” Young said. “Our expenses for projects are taken care of by our dues. So all the money we raise is donated.”
The Lions Club was founded in 1917 by Melvin Jones of Chicago. The Lafayette Lions was the first Lions Club in Indiana. Those members sponsored the Plainfield club, which is the second oldest club in the state.
The Plainfield Lions Club has a long list of project it supports each year including Leader Dogs for the Blind, Indiana Eye Bank, and the American Diabetes Association.
Worth Donaldson has been a member of the Plainfield club for more than 14 years.
“I really enjoy the fellowship,” he said. “It just feels good to help other people.”
Members were recently able to meet a person who received one of the leader dogs they raised funds to buy.
“We could see this was a life-changing event for her,” Donaldson said. “We have all kinds of resources and can help in all sorts of ways.”
Another one of the club’s larger projects is helping to pay for the Gamma Knife Cancer Control, which was purchased for the Indiana University Cancer Center.
They also do small projects like Valentine’s Day cards for shut-ins.
“We work with the schools to have the kids make the Valentine cards,” Young said. “We have some very talented young artists in Plainfield.”
Children in kindergarten through third grade make the cards which are then distributed by Lions Club members on Valentine’s Day.