Adopt a Road
The Longview Pioneer Lions have adopted a stretch of Coal Creek road in Longview
Back in 1981 the Pioneer Lions conceived and implemented the very first Walk n Knock which covered most of the City of Longview. In the beginning collecting the food
took a week. Today the continuing successful Walk and Knock project is supported by a number of service clubs and other community organizations. Food is collected during a one day
inter-organization drive, and stored for distribution to the community’s citizens who are in need and without adequate income. The Pioneer Lions continued to carry their share of the load by bringing in ten thousand pounds of food year after year while having a great time.
The Street of Screams for Halloween Night was a concept started by the late Ron Wick, who simply wanted a safe place for his grandchildren to Trick or Treat. With his friends, Larry Cowan and Kerry Kuling, the idea evolved into an annual local area event.
The first, Street of Screams took place at the empty Montgomery Wards Building in the old Triangle Mall serving nearly 2,000 children. Parents love not being worried about the safety of their children and they are not on the dark streets for Halloween fun. The Street of Screams event itself lasts about 4 hours; it currently provides safe fun and enjoyment to approximately 3,500 children to Trick or Treat.
In 2008, the founders asked the Longview Pioneer Lions Club to take over the event. The club reviewed the event after being part of it for 5 years prior and decided that this is the kind of community event that should not go away. All net monies raised after cost and food donations support local food banks.
Race Against Juvenile Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease process with strong connection to vision loss; our main focus. The Pioneer Lions Race Against Juvenile Diabetes event attracts not only race enthusiasts,
but entire families as well! It’s a great motivational outing for the entire family to attend and participate in either the half-marathon race, 10k, and 5k race/walk. There is also
opportunity for the younger children to have fun participating in a series of Kids Dashes. This annual event has been supporting Camp Leo since 2011.
This is a great service project for Camp Leo located at Camp Berachah at Buck Creek and is volunteer based and funded by donations.
Camp Leo is dedicated to providing an overnight camping experience for children with diabetes where diabetes is the norm, rather than the exception. Here they can
have fun in a safe setting away from home, meet other children with diabetes; learn about their disease and gain independence essential to living a healthy life.
The Race Event Committee seeks out sponsors to cover the race expenses to allow ALL of the race registration monies to fund scholarships for campers as no one is turned away. Over the past 3 years due to the strong community support, Pioneer Lions have provided over $10,000 to Camp Leo over the years.
When a member of the Pioneer Lions Club dies, a book is purchased and donated to the Longview Public Library. A commemorative page identifies the Lion in whose memory the volume has been given. An attempt is made to find a subject in which the Lion was interested, and then an appropriate book is selected.
Each spring the Pioneer Lions host a special luncheon where some of the leading students in various departments of the local high schools and community college are recognized and honored. In addition to special recognition at the luncheon, each student receives a modest scholarship which is intended to defray some of the expenses in continuing further study.
This project provides for the preparation and installation of sturdy and comfortable benches in the city’s public parks, where residents may rest while on an outing. These benches
are built as memorials to Lions who have played a significant role in club activities through the years. Their names are inscribed on the backrest of each bench.
In the 1960’s, the City of Longview granted permission to the Pioneer Lions to clear an island in Lake Sacajawea (One of the city’s parks). After clearing much of the unwanted growth, they discovered that many valuable trees and shrubs were still growing. With care and attention, they flourished again.
Thousands of bulbs and seeds have been planted, and walking paths established on the island. A permanent bridge was built connecting the island to the shore, allowing citizens to walk among the flowers and shrubs.
During the Christmas season, trees and shrubs are lighted with tens of thousands of lights, providing a spectacular sight that is enjoyed by walkers and joggers, as well as those driving through the area. Members of the Pioneer Lions continue to maintain and further develop the island.
No project is more rewarding for the Longview Pioneer Lions than the running of the annual “Kids’ Races” in front of R. A. Long High School on the Fourth of July. It is rewarding because of the tradition of the event. Lion John Claypool remembers that as a young boy he and his neighborhood friends would practice races such as the wheelbarrow and three legged for a week before the event and, as a result, win enough candy to last two weeks.
He remembers Lions like George Bracket, Oscar Lemiere, Howard Williams, Joe Johnson, Ron Hickey,Steve Harvey and others, manning the lines and acting as judges. The candy bars could add up quickly with 3 given for first place, 2 for second and 1 for third place. The Kids’ Races is rewarding from the standpoint that at a very early age many of the young people in our community have a positive exposure to Lions which is great fun in friendly competition with a sweet reward for success.
This association may be a small reason that Lions are part of the largest service organization in our area. Getting the Pioneer Lions name out to the community in this manner is very rewarding. And while it may be the least important part of the Kids’ Races, it is always rewarding to give back to the community through this service, both the candy that the kids enjoy so much, which is a small matter, and the whole experience of our Lions club hosting a small town race event which is really what the Fourth of July and America is all about.
The Pioneer Lions are proud of this event and Lions like John Claypool, who participated in the 1950’s, saw his sons race in so many events in the 1970’s and 80’s, is now looking forward to his grandson’s participation in the coming years, the third generation of his family to enjoy the Longview Pioneer Lions Kids Races.
Handicap Access Ramps
Since the mid 80’s the Pioneer Lions have been installing, free of charge, access ramps to the homes of handicaped folks unable to provide it themselves. The Pioneer Lions have built and installed some 80 wheel chair ramps. Each ramp is custom made to meet the needs of the client and the property. Some are as short as 8 feet, while others are 60 feet.
Annually The Longview Pioneer Lions use their “Chuckwagon” to support our troops at the Bravo Battery Family Picnic
The Longview Pioneer Lions Support the annual Kids Fish-In event
We donate funds annually to:
Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF)
NW Lions Foundation
NW Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center (LERC)
Cowlitz County Sight & Hearing Foundation
CAP Food Warehouse
Women’s Support Shelter
Lower Columbia College (LCC)
Reading is Fundamental (RIF)
American Field Service