The Lions Club is busy doing good in the community

AVOCA-MUSCODA-BLUE RIVER – Lions Club member Mark Cupp reports that the Avoca-Muscoda-Blue River Lions Club is working with Muscoda Village and the Chamber of Commerce, as well as other local donors and the family of Tracy Krueger, to renovate a village basketball court by the pool in honor of “Coach K.”

“Coach K was a longtime history teacher, coach, athletic director and high school athletics official at Riverdale Schools,” Cupp said. “He died recently while refereeing a basketball game.”

Cupp said proceeds from the sale of the two Lions Club history books will also go towards the fundraising effort.

“Locally, we donate annually to area rescue teams, fund scholarships for Riverdale graduates, fund the Christmas food basket program for families and individuals in need, and work with schools. on eye screening for young people.

Cupp said the club also renovated the large shelter at Victora Riverside Park, donated funds for “Kids Don’t Float” booths, like the one at Avoca, donated funds to Wisconsin Lions Camp for visually impaired, hearing or diabetic children. and support the “Leader Dog” program, Hope House in Madison, diabetes awareness efforts, recycling eyeglasses and hearing aids for use in third world countries, and many other initiatives.

“Internationally, The Lion Club is the world’s largest service organization and funds efforts to fight blindness, respond to disasters and support other humanitarian projects,” Cupp explained. “The Lions Club was founded by Melvin Jones in Chicago and accepted Helen Keller’s challenge to be ‘Knights of the Blind’.”

Books and more

The two local history books available from the Lions Club are “Muscoda – The First Hundred Years” by Wendell Smith and “Duffey’s Service Station – A Bit of History” by John Duffey.

The cost of the history book is $10 and the Duffey book is $15. The books are available at Wilkinson Auction & Realty and the Lower Wisconsin Riverway Board office, both in Muscoda. Lions Club members will also have copies available for purchase. Contact President Dan Biba at 608-588-4647, Ercill Faga at 604-5255 or Mark Cupp at 608-739-2179 for more information.

According to Cupp, in addition to history book sales, the Club is also working on a raffle schedule which is their biggest fundraiser. They are also co-sponsors of the “Wisconsin River Canoe Race” which takes place in July and will have a food stand at this event. He said the Club had just participated in the Muscoda Morel Mushroom Festival and the annual village event.

Charles P. Patton