By Dan Motl
Broom Sales Chair
The Winona Noon Lions Annual Broom sale is slated to begin on Monday, May 14 weather permitting. Residents of Knopp Valley, Valley Oaks, Gilmore Valley and as many other subdivisions that we can cover in two nights of selling will see Lions in their purple vests with golf carts filled with our top quality brooms. This long time tradition is one of the larger money raising activities of the oldest Lions club in Southeastern Minnesota. We are now in our 77th year of service to the Winona community and the world.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organization with membership in 206 countries and our motto is “WE SERVE”. The profit from our annual sale helps fund our many programs both locally and throughout the entire world. Here in the Winona area, the Lions have constructed shelters in many of our parks, help to fund the St. Charles Street ball parks, provided eyewear for persons in financial need, performed diabetes seminars and testing events, served Christmas Dinner for those who might otherwise be alone at Christmas, filled over 500 food baskets(along with Volunteer Services) for families in need at Christmas, helped to maintain the Irv Gepner Lion’s Pavilion at Lake Park and much more. On an international level, the Lions have humanitarian efforts in all corners of the world from working to eliminate “River Blindness”, performing cataract surgeries, establishing clinics, distributing recycled eyewear to third world nations, provide disaster relief and much more.
When you see us peddling our brooms next week, please keep in mind that 100% of our profit from this sale goes to our programs. There is never any operating expense or overhead. In addition, every penny of every dollar that is donated to the Lions goes to that specific cause. We are extremely proud of this fact. So if you want to get the greatest impact from your donation dollars, please remember the Lions.
If you are not home when we come knocking and would like a broom, please call Jack Krage at 507-458-6315, Dan Motl at 507-313-1856 or Bob Doerer at 507-458-5206.
Thank you for supporting our projects.