Milford Lions Club To Celebrate 68 Years


LionLogo4cBy Dick Andrews

The Lions Club is the largest service organization in the world with over 1.4 million members. Delaware has 34 Lions clubs and 5 Lioness clubs with over 1200 members. The Milford Lions Club will be 68 years this April. It was charted in April 1946 and has been actively helping the Milford community ever since.

I have been in the Milford Lions Club for 31 years. I lived in Milford for almost 25 years before I was asked if I would like to join the Milford Lions Club. Before that I did not know anything about the Lions Club, in fact I never even heard of the Lions Club. I knew that there was a Lions Phone Book, but I did not know where it came from.

Do you know about the Milford Lions Club and what they do?

In the early years they helped with the purchase of the first ambulance. They continue to help with many community projects. They purchased two new town lamps for the downtown area. Helped the library to purchase tables and chairs and donate $1,500 each year to purchase large print book for the visually impaired. They donated funds to help the Parks & Recreation to purchase a Van for transportation. They helped with the purchase of several items for the Fire Company, the Jaws of Life, individual fire fighters equipment and the ladder truck. They support the Milford Little Leagues, Pop Warner, Boys & Girls Club and the Park & Recreation summer programs. They fund the Academic Achievement program at the High School and for many years have given $12,000 in scholarships. We continue to provide help to people in our community with our Sight & Hearing, Health & Welfare and Medical Equipment programs. We donated building funds for the Boys & Girls Club ($45,000) and the Milford Library ($50,000).

Over the years we have had many fundraisers, but the following have been around for many years. The Milford Lions Club phone book will be 66 years old this year. Our Spaghetti dinner started in 1966, and has been going strong for 47 years. The Car Raffle started in 1988, that project has grown, and the prizes are now a vehicle or $20,000 and ten individual $500 cash prizes. Fourteen years ago we started the Len Donohoe Golf Tournament, in memory of Lion Len Donohoe.

The Milford Lions Club is able to support these community projects because of the generous donations and support we receive from the Milford community. The Milford Lions Club would like to thank the people of Milford and the surrounding communities for supporting our many projects.