Eudora Lions Club
Bob Slapar , a member of the Eudora Lions Club chapter and several other members presented a check to EAHS President Steven Neis during a ceremony at the future home of the EAHS museum in downtown Thursday (photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)
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Story by John Schulz and Ben Terwilliger
The Eudora Lions Club presented a $5,000 check to the Eudora Area Historical Society Thursday evening. The ceremony took place at the future home of the Eudora Community Museum at 720 Main Street in Downtown Eudora.
“The money came from a gift the Lion’s Club had received many years ago,” long-time Lions Club member Bob Slapar said. “We decided it was time to put that gift to good use and put it to the building.”
The EAHS museum will move from the old Nottingham School building to the downtown location by October 1. Nottingham was sold earlier this summer by the Eudora School District to developer Mike Flory who intends to raze the old Nottingham school and begin the process of constructing a mixed use development project at the site.
“(This gift) means everything to us,” EAHS President Steven Neis said following the presentation. “This will go towards paying for the concrete floor we had to lay in the building this past week and other building improvements that need to be completed so we can move in.”
720 Main Street was in a state of disrepair for over twenty years before the EAHS commenced rehabilitation efforts in 2013. After thousands of hours of mostly volunteer labor, the building’s condition has dramatically improved. The museum relocation would not be possible without the support of volunteers and generous organizations like the Eudora Lions Club.
The EAHS plans to be in the building by the start of October and be ready to show exhibits and hold tours beginning in early 2015.
The Lions Club International (founded in 1917) has over 1.3 million members and is dedicated to meeting the needs of communities on a local and global scale. The Eudora Lions Club has served the Eudora community since it was established in 1951. In the late 1950s, the Eudora Lions Club developed the city street marker system and numbering system for city houses.
“It’s important to us that a group like the Lion’s Club can offer this help and that the community cares about the Historical Society and our new building,” Neis said. He also added that the Historical Society could definitely can use more assistance in both labor and financial assistance as the rehabilitation of the new building moves forward.
Any business or organization donation to the EAHS is tax deductible. The EAHS will advertise any business donation over $100 at their new museum. For information, contact Ben Terwilliger, Executive Director of the EAHS at 785-690-7900 or EudoraHistory@gmail.com.
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Pull those running shoes out of the closet after a long and snowy winter and get ready for the Wild Over Wellness 5k hosted by the Eudora Lions Club. It will be held at 8:00 am on Saturday, March 29. Check in begins at 7:30 am at the new Eudora Public Safety Building, 10th & Main in downtown Eudora.
If you’d rather have a root canal than run 3.2 miles, you can still participate. Put on your walking shoes and stroll a one mile course or the whole 5k. You can bring your leashed pet, your kids or your baby in a stroller. You can even ride your bike if you prefer. And here’s the best part: if you register by March 12, the cost is only $20 (or $25 after that date.) What’s not to love about this, especially if it’s a nice, sunshiny spring day? (Neither Eudora Reporter nor the Lions Club is making any guarantees about the weather, especially after the crazy March we’ve had so far.)
Like everything sponsored by the Lions Club, the race is for a good cause. All proceeds from the event will be used to buy equipment for Eudora’s parks. After the race there will be a bike rodeo with a helmet giveaway and a health festival with free vision screening.
Register today by calling Audrey Bell at 785-230-2185 or online at www.eudoralionsclub.webs.com.
While we’re on the subject of the Eudora Lions Club, let me tell you a little more about the organization. Because it’s a quiet, behind-the-scene entity, you might not know about all the good it does in our community, though you have probably enjoyed the annual pancake feed the group puts on each year.
The mission statement of the club is “We serve,” and that is exactly what its members do. They sponsor Angel Tree and provide food baskets during the holidays. They collect used bikes and send them to the prison in Leavenworth to be refurbished so they can be given away. They do eye screening, and even provide eye exams and glasses for those in need.
All of that is done with only about 10 members of the community involved in the club. When I asked Lions Club member Dr. David Barnhart if they would like to have more members, he said a very emphatic “yes!” President Tina Jinkins added, “The more the merrier.” Anyone in the community is welcome to join.
While the club is made up of mostly people in their 30’s and 40’s, Bob Slaper is an exception. He has been a member of the Eudora Lions Club since October 1955, just four years after the club was founded. Seems like that might quality for Guinness World Records!
Slaper feels like the club’s biggest accomplishments have been in getting the Eudora City Cemetery directory completed and put in place in 2005 and in getting the statue of Pascal Fish and his daughter Eudora installed downtown in 2007. “The statue was the biggest project we ever did,” said Slaper.
If you would like to know more about the Eudora Lions Club or how to become a part of this worthy organization, contact president Tina Jinkins at email@example.com or Brian Nyp at 785-691-6417.