After a few sluggish years of membership, the Clay County chapter of the Lions Club is beginning to see a gradual rise in organizational participation.
Current Treasurer Tyler Fischer said to acquire new members, the Lions Club has been sending letters out to local businesses in order to find prospective people interested in joining. Fischer said that when the local chapter began in 2004, there was only an average of around four members in attendance for monthly meetings, but that the number has gradually increased in recent years.
"(Membership) has been building slowly but surely," Fischer said. "It's not been building as fast as we'd like it to, but we've added nine or 10 members in the last two years."
The Lions Club focuses on various functions of community aide. Their most notable mission is helping with the visually impaired, purchasing glasses for citizens who cannot afford to pay for them out of their own pockets.
In addition, the club also hosts community events during the year in order to get the word out about their organization.
Each June, the Club holds a car show at Forest Park in Brazil. The group also hosts an annual Bed Race during the Popcorn Festival of Clay County, where teams of five race on a track of approximately 20-30 yards.
While these are the groups primary social focuses, Fischer said the it is always open to suggestions for other community projects
"We don't have tunnel vision," Fischer said about the possibility of social expansion. "We're always up for new ideas and if someone brings up a good idea we will use it."
While new community ideas are on the agenda, Fischer said for the time being, the Lions Club is focusing on bringing in more members who could make the ideas happen.
"Our main focus right now is to grow the club," Fischer said. "I think it's a great organization and I think in the future we could really expand."
The Lions Club currently meets at City Hall in Brazil on the second and fourth Monday of each month, but Fischer said they were looking to change the meeting date. For further information about the Lions Club, contact Fischer at Terre Haute Savings Bank at 812-448-3100.