Lions donate to Camp Echoing Hills

| January 16, 2013

WARSAW – The Warsaw Lions Club was honored Tuesday evening, Jan. 15, to host District Governor Beth Johnson, induct a new member and make a $75,000 donation through the Lions Club International Foundation to the swimming pool project at Camp Echoing Hills.

Club President Cordell Brown and Lauren Unger, Camp Echoing Hills Administrator, received the check from Beth Johnson, Lions District “G” Governor, who spoke at the meeting, held at the Warsaw Fire Station. The $75,000 contribution will be matched by Ohio Lions with a majority of the monies expected to come from District G, of which Warsaw Lions are a part.

Unger was also inducted as the club’s newest member in a special ceremony.

Governor Johnson also recognized past club President and district governor Robert “Bob” Buxton with a pin for bringing in four new members to the club.

Following the meeting, Lauren Unger said about the donation, “It’s overwhelming. It’s very exciting. We’ve put a lot of effort into getting money for our pool.” The current pool is more than 35 years old said Unger. The pool is expected to be ready for the summer season.

Unger said, “With the pool we’ll also be getting new water elements so it’s not just a new pool. We’re getting a spray pad and things like that. We’re getting a larger deck so the individuals that don’t want to swim can at least sunbathe. It’s (the pool) a favorite thing when we ask them what they like about camp and they say, “Swimming in the pool.”

“We’re so excited about everything the Lions have done for us, not just for the pool but they’ve given us funds for the past 45 years that we’ve been around. They’ve really helped us build all of our major elements at Echoing Hills,” said Unger.

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