LIONS DEN: Park Rapids Lions Club’s service makes our community better

We are part of The Trust Project.

I woke up today to snow on the ground and ice forming on the Fishhook River here in beautiful Park Rapids, Minn. I look forward to connecting with family, community and friends during this holiday season!

I am proud to be a member of the Park Rapids Lions. Organized and chartered in April 1954, our objectives have remained constant: To take an active interest in the welfare of our community, promote good citizenship, support local and global initiatives and unite in kindness to serve those in need.

Vision is a global focus for the Lions. This fall, we have screened over 800 children in our community through the Lions KidSight program, resulting in 87 referrals for further evaluation by an eye care professional. This is a free screening designed to detect potential problems that may have otherwise gone undiagnosed.

We have vision assist machines that are loaned, at no cost, to persons with diminished vision.

We have assisted in various painting projects in our community, including the base coat for two murals on Main Street in Park Rapids and painting the iconic Red Bridge foot bridge.


We support the Salvation Army by ringing the bell for donations during the holidays and provide treat bags for the holiday matinees at Park Rapids Theater.

We support MAHUBE-OTWA and the Pregnancy Resource Center by holding a diaper drive on State Hwy. 34.

We support community members by holding benefits, building wheelchair ramps, providing scholarships and transportation for those in need.

We began collecting stretchable plastic from several businesses and churches in the community to recycle them into benches for our community. For every 500 pounds of "stretchable" plastic collected in a six month period, NEX-TREX will donate a bench and Coborn’s has been gracious in assisting our efforts.

Every journey begins with a single step. One act of service, one encouraging word, one gift of generosity is often all it takes to bring hope where it’s needed most.

Current Lions Club International President Brian Sheehan travels the world with the support of his wife and fellow Lion, Lori, to promote the amazing work of Lions across the globe. His motto is “Together we can, and together we will!”

Park Rapids Lions Club meets on the second Monday of the month at Calvary Lutheran Church at 6:30 p.m. We encourage you to join us! If you are interested, contact Zelda or Larry Novak at 218-255-7247 or contact the club through or through our Park Rapids Facebook page.

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