Wild Over Wellness 5k

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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!Statue5PS1

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 tmjinkins@gmail.com or Brian Nyp at 785-691-6417.

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