Waconia Lions aid WHS conservation club

The Waconia High School Conservation Club was pleased to accept a donation of $5,000 from the Waconia Lions Club on Tuesday, March 26.
The money will be used to purchase five new canoes for the club to use on its annual trips to the Boundary Waters, and to study water quality on area lakes.
“The best part of being Lions President is getting to make these kinds of donations,” said Lion Jim Sanborn. “We work hard to raise money so that we can help out a program like the Conservation Club. And the appreciation of these kids and the excitement on their faces makes all the hard work worth every minute.”
In the fall of 2011, the Conservation Club received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. Originally their plan was to use $2,000 of grant money, and $1,000 of the club’s money and approached the Lions Club for a matching donation of $2,000. After a presentation and some discussion, the Lions decided to provide the entire $5,000 amount, so that the MDE grant money could go toward other club activities.
Club Advisor Michael Jensen said, “By not having to rent the canoes for our Boundary Waters trips, we will save close to $1,000 each year. The canoes will also give our students the ability to access Burandt Lake and Lake Waconia in order to perform water quality tests including Secchi disk, dissolved oxygen, and water temperature readings.”
“My favorite thing about supporting the Conservation Club is that it allows the Lions to impact a different group of kids,” Sanborn added. “Plus, they are serving the community with their lake cleanup, water quality studies and fall leaf pickup projects — that makes our whole area a better place to live, and is a perfect example of our Lions Club motto: ‘We Serve.’”
Since 1917, Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world. Over 1.35 million members — who perform community service in 207 countries and geographic areas — are different in many ways, but share a core belief: community is what we make it.