GENEVA – The Elburn Lions Club received a standing ovation Tuesday as the Kane County Board recognized the civic organization’s 85th anniversary.
“I have nothing but the utmost respect for all of you,” said board member Melisa Taylor, R-Sugar Grove.
Noting the village’s population of 5,506, Taylor said the Elburn Lions Club is the biggest such group in the state and one of the top 70 in size worldwide.
“That’s impressive,” she said.
A resolution recognizing the club’s 85th anniversary listed some of its accomplishments, such as providing service dogs to children in Kaneland School District 302, maintaining a 26-acre park in Elburn and donating $10,000 to a village damaged by a tornado last fall.
Kane County Chief Deputy Clerk Stan Bond said he initiated the resolution because he values volunteer efforts in communities.
“What they’ve done in Elburn is truly remarkable,” he said, noting he has no connection to the group. “Their gift of money and time is exceptional, and it really deserves recognition. We’re proud of them.”
Club member and District 1-J Lions governor Chris Halsey said the group is more than 180 members strong with members ranging in age from 18 to 98.
“We all work as a team,” Halsey said, adding there is “no individualism.”
Elburn Village President and club member Dave Anderson said the village would not be the village of Elburn without the Lions Club. He invited the public to the club’s biggest annual event, Elburn Days. It begins Friday.
“This weekend is our big weekend,” he said.