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posted: 3/4/2014 3:03 PM

Elgin Lions to put proceeds of 30th Rose Day to good use

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  • Elgin Lions Chuck Merrell and Ed Bates show off roses prior to their delivery. The club is conducting its 30th annual Rose Day sale.

      Elgin Lions Chuck Merrell and Ed Bates show off roses prior to their delivery. The club is conducting its 30th annual Rose Day sale.
    Courtesy of Jim Bean

 
Submitted by James Beam

Members of the Elgin Lions Club are conducting their 30th annual Rose Day. They will be selling one dozen long-stemmed roses for $15 between now and April 7 for delivery on April 16-18. Club members will also be selling roses at Elgin train stations during this time. This is a major fundraising event that began in 1984, and was so well received that it is now an annual affair. The roses can be ordered from any Elgin Lions Club member, or an order can be placed by calling (847) 289-4206. If you use the phone number, a Lions Club member will return your call to take the information needed for the delivery and to make arrangements for payment.

Arrangements have been made with Ziegler's Ace Hardware at 215 N Spring St. and 1158 Lillian St., Elgin to assist the club by having order forms and a secure container to leave the order forms and the payment. Inquiries can be made at batesed@cod.edu.

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The roses are flown here shortly before delivery directly to the Elgin area homes of the recipients.

Proceeds of the sale will be used to further the charitable works of the Elgin Lions Club. The club provides eye care for individuals in the community, especially students of Elgin Area School District U-46, and others who need it but have difficulty affording it. The club collects food items donated by students at local elementary schools and delivers them to the Elgin Community Crisis Center. The club also participates in and donates money to other worthy charitable causes. Nearly all of the money collected by the various fundraisers of the Elgin Lions Club remains in the Elgin area for the benefit of local people, and the money that goes to Lions International and the Lions of Illinois Foundation is used to help needy people wherever in the world they may live. The Elgin Lions Club has been doing good works for citizens of the Elgin area since 1921, and is grateful for the fine support provided by the community. The club will celebrate 93 years of service this fall.

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