Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Duane Finger
Lions 5M8 second vice governor
Camp New Hope near McGregor, Minn., which is owned and managed by Friendship Ventures of Annandale, needed help. They had four buildings that were in desperate need of new roofs. Region 4 Zone 1 Lions Clubs, made up of the following Lions Clubs: Fairhaven, Kimball, Rockville, Luxemburg, St. Augusta, St. Cloud Southsiders, and Watkins Lions and Lioness, took on this project.
The material list would be more than 100 squares of shingles plus the tar paper, nails, and other materials for shingling. Home Depot of St. Cloud was contacted to see if they could supply the materials at a lower cost. Instead, the St. Cloud manager persuaded the company headquarters to help with this project. Home Depot does give grants to projects of this kind. Home Depot would donate all the materials needed up to $11,400, plus would supply helpers at the time of the commencing of the project. A big thanks to Home Depot.
Friday, Sept. 28, with 18 Lions members, 18 Home Depot employees, Young Brothers Construction Co. of Kimball, who volunteered their services and equipment, and Camp New Hope employees, the project began. Three dormitories and one difficult octagonal building started getting new roofs. Home Depot had the shingles delivered from their supplier out of Brainerd. Under the expertise of the Young Brothers, roofs were stripped and shingling began. By Friday night, all three dormitories were stripped with two completely shingled. The octagonal building had to have wood replaced and was one-half shingled. On Saturday, the remaining dormitory and the octagonal building were completed by 1 p.m. By 3 p.m., the job was completed and everyone left for home.
Food and refreshments were supplied to all volunteers. The Lions Clubs and private businesses donated towards the cost of food and additional materials needed. Cash donations from the clubs amounted to $1,662, cash donations from businesses amounted to $550. There were food donations from suppliers and local stores. Those who donated were: Knaus Sausage House of Kimball, Pearl Lake Lodge of Marty, Stein's Thriftway of Watkins, KUE Construction of Watkins, Mies Outland of Watkins, Red Goat Bar & Grill of Watkins, AgVenture Feed and Seed of Watkins, Geislinger Enterprises of Watkins, Faber Building Supplies of Watkins, Wally's Café of Watkins, New Reflections of Watkins, Riverwood Realty of Watkins, Watkins Veterinary Clinic, Shorty's Bar & Grill of Watkins, Ertl Hardware of Watkins, Bernicks of St. Cloud, Erkins Water Service of Cold Spring, and Eileen and Butch Dockendorf of Watkins. In addition, shingling equipment was loaned by Vossen Construction of Watkins.
Kimball Lions Club brought the cooking equipment to feed the hungry crew. Four Lions members did all the cooking of the tasty meals. A big "Thanks" to all who donated and worked to make this a success.