Lions give to LCHS

BALDWIN — On March 3, the Baldwin Lions Club made a $200 donation to the Lake County Historical Society. The money will go toward the historical society's efforts to finish preparing its new museum and offices in downtown Baldwin for use.

Laura Johnson, the Baldwin Lions secretary, said the Lions Club was happy to help an organization which does so much good for the community. She also said giving the money to the historical society was a way to ensure the money donated to the Lions by the residents of Lake County stayed in Lake County.

"We've both been part of the community, for a long while," remarked Johnson. "We want to help them with their new location. We want to work together to support one another. This donation was a way of using the money we raised at our chocolate fundraiser at Christmas in the community."

The historical society is nearing its goal of raising the funds to complete the renovation of two former ranger residencies into a new home for the organization. Much of the necessary work was done for free by volunteers or businesses in the community. Ensuring the 78-year-old buildings would be ready for their new uses.

"This money will go toward new flooring in our exhibit rooms and the bathrooms which we made sure was now handicapped accessible," said Jill Engelman. "We have roofing, electrical and heating done. We put in new insulation and we're doing drywall this week. Next up will be replacing the exterior windows with energy safe windows and doing some general carpentry work."

Lake County Historical Society president Bruce Micinski expressed his thanks to the Lions, and said this donation is the the latest in a long series of collaborations between the two groups.

"We like working with other clubs in the are and we thank them for their interest in us and their assistance," said Bruce Micinski, the Lake County Historical Society President.

Construction and renovations on the new museum are expected to be completed in June.