Great event to invest in youth organizations taking place Sept. 15

By Jeff Smith

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All of the scouting organizations in Hill City are going to be getting a big boost from the Lions Club. The Lions are holding the first benefit for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts on Sept. 15.

The community will be able to enjoy each other’s company and a chicken dinner with two sides, a roll, dessert and a drink.

“It’s near the end of tourism season so it will be fun to see everyone come down and break  bread together,” said Christy Hawthorne, the chairperson of the committee planning the event.

Since the tourism season has been busy, Hawthorne thinks it will be a great time to reconnect with people.

Linda Pini of the 605 Deli in the Twisted Pine Winery will be making the meal. Hawthorne said Pini is volunteering her time and effort to do the work.

“We want to thank her for her willingness to help us,” Hawthorne said.

Hawthorne said overall the event is to help the scouting organizations with operating funds throughout the year. 

“It’s a great event because community organizations are working together,” Hawthorne said.

Hawthorne said the scouting organizations do a good job of instilling values into the youth of the community.

She knows that the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts teach leadership, importance of community service and exposes them to various activities. In addition, the organizations give the youth a path forward toward growth.

Hawthorne said there are positive character traits developed that sometimes aren’t emphasized as much in sports.

Britt Daiss, troop leader for Girl Scouts in Hill City, said Girl Scouts is a great opportunity for girls to grow their strengths and skills, try new things and discover new interests, meet new friends, and experience new adventures.

“ Our troop is focused on our local girls — the activities we do each year are led by the girls and their interests,” Daiss said. 

If there are girls who want to learn to sew they work on a sewing badge.

“Girls who want to hike and camp? We’ll do that too,” Daiss said.

It’s Daiss’ goal as troop leader to help girls develop their full potential and learn how to relate to other people and the world around them with understanding, skill and respect.

Daiss is excited about the chicken dinner benefit and to work with the Lions Club to spread the word about Hill City Girl Scouts and meet more members of the community.

Girl Scouts is also looking for leaders to help out in the club.

The Boy Scouts will be doing a canned food drive this fall for the food pantry at Little White Church.

Both the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts are looking to increase their membership.

“They provide a great experience for all kids of Hill City,” Hawthorne said.

She said that children are important and the community needs to invest in them for the future of Hill City.

All of the funds raised will be given to the youth scout organizations.

The Lions Club will continue to do charitable works throughout the year. One of the things to do is purchase hearing aids and eyeglasses for members of the community. This fall they will be doing vision screenings in Hill City Elementary School. This is part of the KidSight program that the Lions Club does.

In the spring the Lions Club does the fishing derby. This is a fishing competition at Major Lake. This year every single child came away with some sort of prize. Major Lake is stocked with fish before the event and it’s a learning opportunity.

The Lions Club also provides food at the Rally each year near Three Forks.

They also take baskets to over 100 low income people in Hill City at Christmastime. Hawthorne said that would increase if there was more fundraising and membership increased.

Last month the Lions Club in Hill City approved to provide a community member with hearing aids. Part of the funds come from the local club and part of it is from Lions Club International.

The Lions Club meets at noon the first and third Monday of every month at Chute Roosters.

The Hill City Lions Club chicken dinner benefit is Sept. 15 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Hill City Senior Center.

For ticket information call Christy Hawthorne at 517-5202.        

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