The Pioneer Lions Chuckwagon, a trailer equipped with a hamburger grill, pop (soda) dispensers, hot-dog machines, popcorn machine, a refrigerator and freezer is a familiar sight to those who frequent special events locally, such as the 4th of July celebration and the Cowlitz County fair. The “Chuckwagon” can support 9 Lions and/or family members who help cook for and serve to the customers. This activity has several purposes: It serves as a convenient place for those who attend these events to buy food, snacks and candy, and it provides substantial financial support for many of the Lions’ community service clubhistory. The “Chuckwagon” will provide almost one-third of this year’s program funding.
Spirits of Longview
Each year, the Pioneer Lions host a Beer Garden. This event is held annually just before the 4th of July adjacent to the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds. This is a highly anticipated social event, where people who don’t often see each other can get together and catch up on what’s happening. The “Chuckwagon” and other food vendors are there to provide food, and our smaller cooler wagon dispenses beer and wine coolers. Local wineries and brewers also participate providing a wide variety of offerings.
This open air event draws between 2 and 3 thousand people each year (significantly fewer when it rains). The club is greatly appreciative of the assistance and support of local Law Enforcement who have helped to keep these events safe and successful year after year.
Taste of Italy
This fundraiser is all about great food and fun while raising money for the Pioneer Lions Scholarship Program. Pioneer Lions prepare the food and donations of wine, beverages and raffle items increase the fun.
This project is anticipated annually with other service clubs getting into the fun. A local course is used and an entry fee required. Prizes are awarded for lowest score, hole in one…. A dinner follows with excellent door prizes. The money raised supplements the scholarship funds.
The Pioneer Lions are deeply involved in the sales of Lions Mints. With the cooperation of local businesses, the club has almost 200 mint sales outlets set up. These locations are serviced by just a few Lions, but they bring in several thousand dollars each year. This is a smaller scale project with solid returns for the community.
A number of promotional sales by a few dedicated Lions boost our revenues each year. Entertainment coupon books for discount prices at hotels, restaurants, theme parks, visitor attractions and airlines, as well as periodic candy sales help to increase our community service budget.