The Wilsonville Lions Club has been around for nearly as long as the city of Wilsonville itself. After starting in 1969, the club participated in the popular Boones Ferry Days and has continued on since then, promoting initiatives like parks projects and eyewear access.
The club's membership and activity has decreased in recent years, but members are hoping to inject life into the organization starting with an upcoming fundraiser: the Boones Ferry Cruise-in. The event, during which community members can bring their own cars and admire others' vehicles, will take place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, in a parking lot on 30299 S.W. Boones Ferry Road across from Fred Meyer and Old Town Square. The event is free to the public but those bringing vehicles are encouraged to donate $10 per car. The organization is also accepting other donations.
"We have been small for a couple years here. A lot of older people decided to retire and go on cruises. The rest of us sat down and we think there's still important things for us to do in Wilsonville and as Lions. COVID hasn't helped, but we're still active," said Sheri Woung, former club president.
Some of the club's primary service initiatives include providing one $1,000 scholarship each year to a Wilsonville High School graduate, covering eyeglasses for people who can't afford them and donating money to organizations like the Oregon Sight and Hearing Foundation, Wilsonville Community Sharing and Lions Club International for disaster relief.
At the cruise-in, Woung hopes people with classic cars will show them off at the event. The club is also encouraging participation from local dealerships.
"We all think since we have (many) dealerships (in town) and are right on the freeway and don't have a car show , it will be a fun summer event," Woung said. "We want them (attendees) to come through and enjoy looking at the cars."
The former club president added that she hopes the event will continue in future years and will evolve to include competition and prizes.
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