Kiwanis Club takes over defunct Lions Club events
The Troutdale Lions Club disbanded last week, but several events hosted by the Lions Club will continue because the Kiwanis Club of the Columbia Gorge have agreed to organize them.
The Kiwanis Club is taking over the Troutdale Trot, an annual 6.7-mile run and walk at Glenn Otto Community Park, said John Leamy, treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of the Columbia Gorge. The local Kiwanis Club also will start organizing Troutdale's annual Easter egg hunt and pancake breakfast, which is held the Saturday before Easter Sunday.
"They sat down with us and asked us if we would be willing to pick these up because they are more community-oriented (events)," Leamy said.
The Troutdale Lions Club disbanded due to declining membership, said Cindy Brown, secretary and treasurer of the Lions Club for the past six years.
"We were running out of money, and we were unable to keep the club running," she said.
The Troutdale Lions Club would have celebrated its 70th anniversary this fall.
Leamy said to make room for the undertakings ceded by the Lions Club, the Kiwanis Club will discontinue an annual bike rodeo, but the club is unlikely to halt any other established Kiwanis events.
The bike rodeo was only centered around one apartment building, and a Kiwanis Club goal is to focus on large portions of the community.
The Kiwanis Club is also taking over the Lions Club sponsorships of the Troutdale Boys Scout and Cub Scout troops.
The Kiwanis Club's next event is its annual pancake breakfast during the Corbett Fun Fest from 7-10 a.m. July 4 at the Corbett School District, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway. The pancake breakfast in Corbett was planned before Kiwanis took over any Lions Club events.
The breakfast costs $6 for adults, $3 for children, and kids younger than 5 eat for free. The upcoming pancake breakfast is a fundraiser for scholarships for Corbett High School seniors.