Sumner Lions Club looking for members, volunteers

The Sumner Lions Club is gearing up for another school year full of service activities and volunteer opportunities, and is hoping to expand its numbers while doing so.

Sumner Lions Club President Emerson Bishop presents Mike Cross with his raffle winnings during the 2016 Sumner's Rhubarb Days.

The Sumner Lions Club is gearing up for another school year full of service activities and volunteer opportunities, and is hoping to expand its numbers while doing so.

“It’s been a struggle. A small community and a small club,” said Norm Wilcox, the most recent past president of the club. “Right now our goal is to get some more members. Younger, stronger members.”

The Lions Club International is, like its name suggests, an international service organization that performs numerous services for communities. The club is most well-known for collecting glasses for those who can’t afford their own pair and financing hearing aids for those with hearing issues.

Clubs also organize food and clothing drives, disaster relief funds and children’s programs.

The Sumner club is no different and, despite its small size of 18 members, helps out Sumner residents and other communities where there is need.

One of the larger projects the Sumner club is involved in is Project New Hope Northwest, a retreat for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and their families.

According to Sue Bogner, a Sumner Lion who became a member through volunteering with a New Hope Northwest retreat, vets and their spouses can attend the camp to learn more about PTSD and how it can affect them and their families while kids enjoy camp activities.

The program is free to veterans.

“It’s a fairly new project… and we dove into it pretty strongly,” Wilcox said.

“It really makes a difference,” Bogner added.

With the school year approaching, the club is also organizing donations to go toward Sumner School District students.

Donations come often in the form of back-to-school supplies, nonperishable food, hygiene kits and glasses for students and their families who struggle financially or are homeless.

Wilcox said the Sumner Lions Club works hand-in-hand with the Sumner School District Family Center to organize these donations.

The club is also involved in Camp Leo, a summer camp for kids with diabetes.

“They do everything a normal kid would do at camp – swimming, canoeing, hiking, archery, but they also learn how to administer their insulin and, the big thing is, the other campers are just like them,” Wilcox said. “They’re not alone.”

Striving for nonprofit status

Unlike the Bonney Lake Lions Club, the Sumner club has yet to obtain its own 501(c)3 status.

That’s not to say that money that flows through the club doesn’t go where it’s supposed to – Bogner said that when the club holds fundraisers, 100 percent of the money raised goes toward a cause rather than to the club.

Money that the club uses on itself comes from its members and not the public, she continued.

The reason the Sumner chapter isn’t a registered nonprofit, Wilcox said, is because the club’s lack of resources.

“We need a fairly good size fundraiser, ongoing, to really have a need to be a 501(c)3. But that’s just me,” Wilcox said. “We’re not quite big enough. At one point, we may. We’re looking into it now.”

Upcoming events

The Sumner Lions Club’s next fundraiser, Beer, Brats and Bingo, starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, at VanLierop’s Garden Market.

Tickets to the event cost $10.

The club is also holding a rummage sale at the Sumner Senior Center Aug. 12 and 13.

The club meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Sumner Veterans of Foreign Wars post 3070 at 1705 Willow St.

Those who want to volunteer for specific events or want more information about becoming a member can call the Sumner Lions Club office at 206-261-2649 or email the club’s membership chairman Emerson Bishop at embishop@comcast.net.

More in News

New utility included in Enumclaw budget; final vote set for Nov. 27

Significant progress has been made on crafting a 2018 Enumclaw budget, a document that could forever change the way the city collects and disperses certain funds. The plan now under way would see creation of a stormwater utility probably by August of the coming year.

Proposed recycling center sparks environmental fears

A proposed material processing facility outside of Enumclaw has some local conservationists worried about how it may affect the Green River and other natural environments. “The location of this, next to this natural area, just is not right. It doesn’t make sense to us at all, for a variety of reasons,” said Bernie McKinney, president of the Green River Coalition, a non-profit preservationist group.

Mobile Impaired Driving Unit hitting the streets this holiday weekend

The MIDU is a self-contained 36 foot motorhome that has been retrofitted as a mobile DUI processing center and incident command post.

Two Enumclaw volunteers honored for work at library

Two members of the Enumclaw Friends of the Library were honored during the recent Friends’ Day, an annual celebration of King County Library System volunteers.

Abigail Hill, 19, is crowned Miss Washington by the 2017 title winner, Alex Carlson-Helo. Photo courtesy Jerry and Lois Photography
Local Miss Washington prepares for national stage

That’s right — Enumclaw is competing in Miss U.S.A. Abigail Hill, the city’s newest star, was recently crowned Miss Washington , clearing the way for her to compete nationally in the spring.

Beyond the Borders now travels from Sumner to Bonney Lake

Come December, it’ll be easier for youth, seniors, people with disabilities or low-income to travel between Sumner and Bonney Lake.

Early start to Crystal ski season

The outdoor season has officially greeted those heading uphill, with snow deep enough to enjoy.

Suspect faces possible ‘third strike’ after alleged car chase, kidnapping

A suspect with a long criminal history finds himself in “third strike” jeopardy, the result of an alleged robbery in Enumclaw and ensuing car chase out of town.

Why now is a good time for a flu shot | Public Health Insider

With the holidays drawing near, many of us look forward to travel or seeing family and friends. And just as our schedules get busier, it’s also the time of year when the flu starts to circulate. We turned to Libby Page, manager of our immunizations program, to get the scoop on flu vaccine.

Election 2017: Change in Enumclaw; Buckley mayor race close

The 2017 general election is over, and although the results are still two weeks from being certified, many candidates are in the clear to take up their elected positions come winter.

Get your fill of winter activities on Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier’s landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation in winter.