MUSKOGEE, Okla. – The Muskogee County Lions Club and Kiwanis Club of Muskogee will team up on Wednesday, February 22 for their 2017 Chili Day.
The public is invited to come to the annual fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Muskogee Bedouin Shrine Temple located at 201 S. 6th Street.
The ticket cost is $5. Take-out orders will be available. Proceeds assist community leaders from both organizations in supporting charitable activities in the Muskogee area.
“We focus on community youth activities, like 4-H programs, Junior Achievement and programs at the Oklahoma School for the Blind that promote volunteerism and build experience in meeting the needs of others,” Erin Parman, Muskogee County Lions Club president, explained.
The Muskogee Lions Club regularly help OSB students with activities that include the school’s Braille Challenge competition, Space Camp expenses and scholarships for two graduating seniors last year. Club leaders will be actively involved when OSB hosts the South Central Association of Schools for the Blind’s wrestling and cheerleading competition in 2018.
Muskogee Kiwanis Club’s major activities include an annual fishing derby and hot dog lunch for students with special needs at Honors Heights Park Lake.
“Sometimes children who come to our fishing derby have never been fishing before,” Oscar Field, Muskogee Kiwanis Club president, said. “It’s exciting to see their reaction when they catch their first fish.”
The Muskogee County Lions Club meets at 7:30 a.m. on the first, second and third Tuesdays of each month at IHOP, 1600 N. 32nd Street. Club members socialize, have fun, keep informed by community speakers and positively affect the local and global community. Their primary mission is to improve the quality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired, with a secondary mission to provide opportunities for local youth.
The Kiwanis Club of Muskogee meets at 12 p.m. every Thursday at Cowboys BBQ located at 401 N. York Street. Founded in 1919, the Muskogee organization is the third oldest Kiwanis club in Oklahoma. Kiwanis’ servant leaders focus on “changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time.”