The Mount Carroll Lions Club Board of Directors met Wednesday, June 24, at Henry's Double K to discuss old and new business items.

A $1,000 donation was made to the Mayfest Stage roof bill at Mount Carroll Home Center. Fred Paschke of the Home Center said that the donation, along with several others that have been received, will pay the $2,000 bill for the stage roof in full. He reported that the following donors, in addition to the Mount Carroll Lions, made this possible:

Gary and Carla Whitebread, Henry and Kathy Meador, Bob and Paula Watson, Gary and Eileen Guffey, Andrea Blakslee Genz, and Pat and Diane Bausman.

“We are so proud of our community and their willingness to always answer the call for a project like this,” said the Lions Club. “And, thanks should go out as well to all the volunteers who donated the physical labor to totally rebuild the stage from the ground up!”

The club also voted to donate $1,000 to the Mount Carroll Fire Department for future fireworks.

“With the shutdowns caused by the coronavirus Covid-19, our hardworking fire department was unable to hold their pancake breakfast this year, which is their major fundraiser,” the Lions Club said. “We challenge and encourage others to help out the firemen with your donations and by supporting their July 4th cookout at the Middle School. If we all pitch in, they will be back with an even bigger and better show for next year!”

Upcoming events were discussed, including Rose Day deliveries on July 11. Once again, in addition to delivering rose bouquets that day, the Lions Club will be delivering bud vases to all the area care facilities for each resident.

“Although we cannot deliver them in person as we'd like, we hope that everyone will still enjoy receiving this little bit of summer sunshine delivered by the staff members,” the Lions Club said.

Each resident of Allure of Mount Carroll, Big Meadows in Savanna, Pinnacle Place in Savanna and Caroline Mark in Mount Carroll will receive a two-rose bud vase to brighten their day.

“Thanks to all the folks who added the extra $5 to their rose purchase in order to make this possible,” the club said.

Also coming up this summer will be the Third Annual Youth Fishing Derby at the Paschke Place Pond. This year's event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Paschke Farm.

The event is for kids up to 13 years old accompanied by an adult. Bait will be provided and the Lions will have a weenie roast and smores for everyone after the fishing. Lions members will be on hand to help bait hooks and take fish off and, of course, to capture those "first fish ever" Kodak moments.

“It is a great time, so be sure to save the date,” the Lions Club said. “And, as always, thanks to our community for all the support they give us throughout the year so that we can support these special projects in our area.”