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St. Johns Lions Club celebrates 75th Anniversary

– album by Maralyn Fink

On November 9 members of the St. Johns Lions Club and numerous guests gathered at the beautiful Pierson 319 building in downtown St. Johns to celebrate the club’s 75th anniversary. The dinner was catered by Main Street Cafe.

Club President Dean Hartenburg kicked off the evening by providing an overview of the club’s fundraising efforts and projects supported over the last 75 years. He specifically acknowledged the Lioness Club that supported Lions Club activities for 39 years until the program ended.

In total 38 people attended, including Mayor Scott Dzurka who presented the club with a Resolution of Commendation adopted by the city council. Other guests included representatives of St. Johns community service organizations, Clinton County Arts Council, Clinton County Department of Waste Management, and several members of area Lions clubs.

Special guest Lion Ted Hamilton, District Governor of Lions District 11-C2, spoke about Lions Clubs International’s mission and the St. Johns Lions Club’s contributions to that mission at the state, district, and local levels.

Keynote speaker Lion Traci Tribley, Executive Director of Lions Bear Lake Camp, spoke about the projects supported by Lions District 11-C2, including Lions All-State Band, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Eversight, Lions Bear Lake Camp, Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund, and Radio Reading Services, and the critical funding provided by Lions Clubs to support these important projects.

Bill Tennant of the Clinton County Arts Council was presented a check from the Lions Club representing a percentage of food trailer sales at the Concerts in Parks summer series as a thank you.

During a raffle drawing, eight lucky people were recipients of gift cards to support and promote area businesses. Each guest received a roll of chocolate mints from Hanover’s Michigan Mint Chocolates in appreciation for attending the celebration dinner.

At the conclusion of the program, four people were inducted as new members of the club. The Lions Club acknowledged corporate sponsors Hub Tire Center and Butler Financial Group LLC for their generous contributions to help offset the cost of the event.

Road Commission Open House is Tuesday, November 21

The public is invited to an Open House for the Clinton County Road Commission’s new facility at 3536 S. US Highway 27 in St. Johns on Tuesday, November 21 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The Road Commission broke ground in early April for the new road commission facility project. They constructed a new administration office, vehicle maintenance, and vehicle parking garage on the current road commission site. The project was funded through bonds that were sold through the county.

The administrative office was closed from Wednesday, August 30 until Monday, September 4 as they transitioned to the new facility. The office reopened on Tuesday, September 5.

This project will allow the Road Commission to better serve the Clinton County community for many years to come. The Road Commission is responsible for 1,180 miles of county roads within sixteen townships and 180 miles of interstate, U.S., and state trunk lines.

MMDHD Walk-In Clinic is Saturday, November 18


Due to unavailability at the Mid Michigan District Health Department’s previous Walk-In Vaccine Clinic, they will be will be holding another Walk-In Vaccine Clinic this Saturday, November 18 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the St. Johns Location.

The Clinton County office is located at 1307 E. Townsend Road in St. Johns.

Library displays renovation images

Briggs District Library held a Renovation Celebration Saturday afternoon following their online auction.

The renovation renderings are still on display for those who are interested. Stop by and have a look, and feel free to ask questions. They are very excited about this project and love talking about it.

They say that they had such a good time on Saturday, but it would not have been possible without the support of our community. Thank you to Cupcakes and Kisses St. Johns for the sweet treats and Big Boy of St. Johns for the veggie trays. Thank you to Bruce Delong and his crew at Michigan Graphics & Signs for donating the displays of the project renderings and floor plan.

And a special thank you to Marie Geller for all of her work leading up to the event. She arranged auction items for photos, set up displays, and helped decorate for the celebration, giving everything that special Ms. Marie touch.

Free Cocoa and Cookies with Santa is November 29


Visit Lowe Methodist Church on November 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for a visit with Santa.

Each child will have an opportunity to sit and talk with Santa, share their Christmas list and take a photo. Be sure to bring your own cameras.

After you see Santa enjoy a cup of cocoa, cookie and a movie in the social hall. This is a free event and all are welcome.

Mint City Singers present Christmas Joy December 8


The Mint City Singers Holiday Concert is December 8t at 7:00 PM at St Johns Lutheran Church.

The group is directed by Steven Easterling and accompanied by Jeff Richards. There will be a Free will offering at the door.

The church is located at 511 E. Sturgis Street in St. Johns. The Mint City Singers is a branch of the Clinton County Arts Council.

SafeCenter needs holiday donations

SafeCenter Domestic and Sexual Violence Services of Clinton and Shiawassee Counties will be providing “Christmas Wishes” to children, mothers, and fathers again this holiday season for those victims/survivors actively engaged in services.

Beginning December 19-December 21, clients of SafeCenter will have the opportunity to pick out items from their “Christmas Wish List” to have items under the tree on the big day.

In order to make this happen, however, SafeCenter needs the community’s help with donations of toys and various other items. By visiting the SafeCenter’s Facebook page you can find Christmas Wish Lists for children by age group, and for mothers and fathers.

All items will need to be collected by Friday, December 15. Please call the office to schedule a donation drop-off time at either of our two offices: 989-723-9716; or you can Amazon donations to our Admin Office:
SafeCenter, Attn: Holiday Hoopla, 1300 N. Hickory St, Owosso, MI 48867.

Thank you, in advance, for providing the Best Christmas Ever to child and adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence in our local community.