Luther Lions hosts Community Awareness Night

LUTHER — The nearly 100 people who came to the Luther Lions Club Hall on Friday, Oct. 28, for the Village of Luther Community Awareness Night, not only left with fun giveaways, but more knowledge of resources available through local and county-wide groups and organizations.

Hosted by the Luther Lions Club, the event's purpose was to make people aware of what the Village of Luther has to offer with recreation, social and religious functions, sporting opportunities, law enforcement and other services.

"The event was a huge success," said Lions member Dennis Karzcynski, one of the organizers. "We had 98 people walk through. The furthest were from Mesick, Irons, Baldwin and Ashton. All the organizations that attended asked to come back next year. The people attending said this was overdue and needed."

The Lions Club served free hot dogs and baked beans, and sold chips, popcorn, cookies and soft drinks and water for a fundraiser. Many groups offered candy for the Halloween season and other items with information on them, such as pens, pamphlets and other goodies. Kids and adults had smiles on their faces as they visited the various stations.

The Luther Area Museum had photo albums and other memorabilia available for people to look through the town's interesting past. The Luther Methodist Church also had displays of the historical church.  

Other Luther businesses, the library, churches, Luther Lake-Osceola Bank and civic/government and fire department were represented, as well as countywide groups, such as Lake County Habitat for Humanity, Lake County Sportsmen's Club, Lake County Sheriff's Office, 911 Emergency Management, C.O.V.E, Victim Advocate Services, senior services and so many more.

District Health Department No. 10 also offered flu and COVID-19 vaccines which 23 individuals took advantage of.

Krczynski said some people from surrounding communities were interested in duplicating the community awareness event.

"God blessed us with a good night. Many visitors felt they got good information from the organizations and learned about many things," he said, also thanking those who got the word out so folks knew about the event.