by Bob Grawey
With 127 members, the Rogers Lions is the largest Lions Club in Minnesota.
It is not just another social club, though. Lions members are constantly doing good throughout the community.
Projects range from home improvements to helping the local food shelf to donating money for backpacks and lunches for local school kids in need.
These are just a smattering of things the Rogers Lions commit to every year as they help those in the community.
But it takes money to provide all this goodwill.
The club’s biggest fundraiser is the annual Rockin’ Rogers Days event started 12 years ago.
In the past six years alone, the service club has taken in an average of $100,000 each year, which then goes back into the community to help others.
Bruce Peterson is one of those people. Nearly four years ago, the senior citizen fell, breaking his knee and a hip.
“I was in bad shape,” Peterson recalls. “When I got out of the nursing home, I was on a cane and a walker. It was very difficult for me to use my steps because that old porch was just shot.”
When the Lions heard about Peterson’s situation, they built the Rogers man a new porch and steps. Labor and materials were covered by the Lions.
Peterson could not have afforded the work on his limited income.
Irene Rogers was also helped a couple years ago when the Lions helped her with a much-needed roof while her husband fought cancer.
Many others are helped throughout the year, too, involving a wide variety of needs; money the Lions keep in the community.