There’s no future in sight for the Rock Island Lions Club.
After 53 years, the organization has announced that it’s disbanded.
“We never could get our members up,” said Jan Lowe, the club’s president. “We tried for years but we just couldn’t do anything. I wish I could have gotten more people involved. It’s hard to get anything accomplished when there are just a few of us here.”
Even with the Rock Island club disbanding, the McMinnville Lions Club and Warren County Lions Club still remain active in this area.
As for immediate impact, Lowe said the annual Rock Island Arts and Crafts Fair has been canceled for this year.
“Hopefully we can do something and get it back up and running in the future, but we’re not going to be able to do anything this year,” said Lowe.
She said volunteers are still going to work to maintain Rock Island Community Center. The building, which contains a kitchen area, will remain available to rent for birthday parties, family reunions, line dancing, yoga, and other events.
As for the Lions Club, Lowe said it was difficult to attract new members with annual dues of $60 per person or $100 per couple.
“That’s a lot of money to pay, then you still have to volunteer your time,” said Lowe. “I think the sad thing is clubs everywhere are having trouble. Everyone is having trouble finding members.”
Lowe said anyone who would like to volunteer in the Rock Island area can still do so by helping to maintain Rock Island Community Center. She can be reached at (615) 598-0080.