Lakewood First Lions members John Anderson (L) and Dick Meier tackle Lakewood Blvd. SW’s overgrown sidewalk. Meier is using the newly donated bush cutter provided by Keep Lakewood Beautiful, the organization dedicated to exactly what its title suggests.
Lakewood First Lions Club was the recipient this month of a new brush cutter purchased and presented by Keep Lakewood Beautiful(KLB). Both organizations work to maintain and improve the appearance of Lakewood for the sake of residents and visitors alike.
Keep Lakewood Beautiful has been responsible for providing plants and plans for a variety of beautification projects in Lakewood, including traffic island landscaping. Lakewood First Lions is involved with cleaning up litter on adopted streets and Interstate 5 around Lakewood’s exits. Two primary participants from the Lions club are also members of the board of Keep Lakewood Beautiful, and this week they broke out the new brush cutter to cut back some of the most obvious overgrowth along Lakewood’s arteries and residential areas with city right-of-ways along vacant lots.
Both the Lions club and KLB were involved in parallel activities of cleaning and beautifying Lakewood so it made sense to combine efforts where possible. According to Bob Warfield of KLB “We found a way to put the hand in the glove.” Both organizations have been involved in talks with the city to obtain guidance and assistance in projects now in the planning stages. But city officials are noncommittal because of concerns over looming budget constraints and the potential additional loss of funds should the anti-gambling initiative prove successful.
Lion member Hugh Hedges works with the bush cutter to clean up Steilacoom Blvd. SW and Lakewood Blvd SW, trying to beat the setting sun.
Keep Lakewood Beautiful began as an advisory committee to the fledgling city council. They broke away from the city to form a permanent citizens group in 2005. The group is open to citizen involvement, and welcomes the public to their meetings every first Monday at 7:00 pm in room 1E on the first floor of city hall.
Lakewood First Lions too is open to the public. Open meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7:00 am at Burs Restaurant at 6151 Steilacoom Blvd SW. Lions are involved in numerous community activities and major fundraisers dedicated to local needs. The 1.2 million-member Lions Clubs International is among the three most recognized symbols in the world along with The Red Cross and Coca Cola. The Lakewood club has distributed over $42,000 since 2005 in the local communities.
Donations to both 501 (c) (3) organizations are tax-deductable. For more information call 253.588.6637
Bob Brunke of Keep Lakewood Beautiful presents the keys to a new brush cutter to Riley Smith, president of Lakewood First Lions Club.