Otsego’s Lions Club has been helping the community for upwards of 60 years, but to continue that tradition the group needs new members.
Jim Hewitt, a Lion for 50 years and both the oldest and longest-serving member, said they were making an appeal.
“Some of us were ready to shut down last month,” Hewitt said. “But we thought, if we do that, I’m sure some people will say, ‘We’d have helped.’
“I’m sure those people are out there who’d help out.”
The Lions Club’s main function is to help those with sight and hearing problems, by doing things like helping children get hearing tests, collecting donated eyeglasses and raising funds for Lions Club activities on a national or international level.
However, those local activities are in danger of not happening anymore because the Otsego group’s membership has dwindled to about eight, Hewitt said.
Membership is open to all, and the club meets the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Otsego District Public Library. Dues are $55 per year for a single member or $50 per year for a couple.
Hewitt said the remaining Lions wanted to put their appeal out there.
“This way, we’ve said we’d do what we can do,” Hewitt said. “If nobody joins in, then it’ll go away.
People interested in joining should contact a club member by May 1. Contacts include Hewitt: (269) 694-6342, Wayne Boyle (269) 806-7806, Jack Rose (269) 207-3437 and Walt Reed (269) 694-6801.