The Milford Lions Club held their 45th Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, March 12 at the Milford Senior High School Cafeteria. The first dinner was November 19, 1966. The dinners were held at the Milford Middle School for over thirty eight years but were later moved to the High School to coordinate with the Milford High School Play; which this year was the Wizard of Oz. Members of the lions club expected to serve over 500 meals to families that they prepared themselves.
The special spaghetti sauce served at the event is a secret recipe that has been handed down by Lions Club members since the first dinner “Nobody is allowed to know how they make the sauce. The secret is only known by those who prepare the sauce each year,” commented Ann Dyer. Ann and husband Preston (Pret) Dyer have been coming to the dinner since its first year in 1966. “It’s great fellowship. You will always see someone you know because there are so many people that come back every year,” stated Pret.
The annual dinner benefits the Youth and Education committee which is committed to providing assistance and guidance to our area youth. Over the years the committee has supported education programs that teach children about the environment, the benefits of a good education and the danger of drugs. They support Milford school athletic programs through recognition awards and help with the cost of equipment. The committee donates to Little League, Pop Warner Football, Magic Fast Pitch Softball, and the Milford Boys & Girls Club.
For the last several years the Leo club has helped the Lions wait tables and prepare food. The Leo Club is a service oriented organization sponsored by Lions clubs to inspire volunteerism and leadership in young people ages 12 and up. The Leo Club has also started its “Bunny Drive” which will help collect stuffed animals from now until Easter. The collected toys will be distributed throughout the community to children of less fortunate families.
The Milford Lions Club was chartered on April 29, 1946. Howard D. Furniss, better known as Doc, was instrumental in the startup and continuing success of this club. Dinner meetings are the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, board meetings are the Monday preceding the dinner meeting. Dinner meetings start promptly at 6:30 p.m. and are held at the Shawnee Golf & Country Club, located at 6152 South Rehoboth Boulevard. Visitors are welcome, but need you to contact the Lions Club the week prior to the dinner meeting that they are planning to attend. The board meetings start promptly at 6:30 p.m. and are held at Milford Boys & Girls Club, at 101 Delaware Veterans Blvd., located just off Route 113 and Airport Rd. For more information contact King Lion Jodie Sleva at 302-422-8772.