Joseph Maino, The Fernley Reporter
Ruth Hume got involved with the Fernley/Wadsworth Lions Club after they helped her get cataract surgery about 15 years ago. Hume is the club’s secretary and is involved with the upcoming Hard Times Dinner/Dance benefit that will be held at the Fernley Community Center on Oct. 1. Proceeds from the event are used to provide needy children and adults with eye care including eye examinations and glasses, eye surgery and seeing-eye guide dogs.
Hume says, “We will be cooking all the food ourselves and “Turkey” is the theme. Turkey several different ways. Lions eat well!”
“We will have a band, ‘Exit 48′. They play southern rock and blues,” she added. “The fun thing about the dance is people bring their kids. The kids love to dance. It’s a family event.”
New Lion, Bob Uchishiba, is the club’s “Lion Tamer.” He is responsible for meeting supplies, watches over the Lions’ storage unit and acts as a “Seargent at Arms.”
“I’ve done volunteer work for seniors in Reno, but the traveling got too difficult. When Maria Duran, the club’s President, invited me to become a member of the Lions Club, I jumped at the chance. I’m really looking forward to the dance.,” Uchishiba said.
In addition to music, food and cocktails, the dinner/dance includes an auction, raffle and prizes for the best Depression Era costumes.
“The dance has been going on for years,” Hume said. “Many people in town, now in this generation, do not have an appreciation of the Great Depression’s hard times.”
Lions Clubs began in America in 1917 when a Chicago business leader urged his local business club members to go beyond business issues and try to make their community better. Now, 100 years later, there are 1.35 million Lion Club members in 46,000 clubs world wide.
The Fernley/Wadsworth Lions Club started in 1976 and has about 20 members. Meetings are at the Senior Center on the first and third Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m.
Fernley/Wadsworth Lions Club Hard Times Dinner Dance Fernley Community Center Oct. 1, 6:30pm Tickets: Adults $10, Children $5