Sequim’s Lions move on to Paradise

Following the recent closure of the Islander Pizza & Pasta Shack, one group was left wondering what to do next.


Since the Islander opened nearly four years ago, the Sequim Valley Lions Club has been welcome to a spot in the back room for meetings and special events. Business owner Debbie Seavy and her husband, Ken Cram, were integral in revitalizing the club, too, with a group of new members.


But now the group is moving to the Paradise Restaurant, 703 N. Sequim Ave., for its meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays each month.


George Dooley, Lions zone chairman and Sequim’s incoming president, said the club had a good run at the Islander and found Seavy and Cram to be generous.


“It’s sad for us to see them close their doors,” Dooley said. “But the transition over to Paradise has been seamless.”


David Blakeslee, incoming vice president, said with the move and business closure all of the club members have stepped up and taken on more of the work.


“We haven’t missed a beat,” he said.


Seavy and Cram remain members of the club, Blakeslee said, and Cram continues to coach from afar while working for Boeing.


The couple sponsored Blakeslee into the club and he hopes they continue working with the Lions.


Dooley said there haven’t been any misconceptions about the club since the closure and they plan to continue their regular events such as the upcoming Crab Feed dinner on June 29 at Pioneer Park.


The Lions also plan to be more active in the community by participating in more events and actively recruiting, Blakeslee said.


Fundraisers help a number of local charities, Dooley said, including the Boy Scouts, Boys & Girls Club and various sight and hearing foundations.


They also bring in the Northwest Lions Foundation free health screening and collect hearing aids and glasses.


Blakeslee said the club is like a group of friends who happen to belong to the Lions.


“Our biggest thing is enjoying yourself,” he said.


“Our members all contribute and for me that’s the best part because we’re all so like-minded.”


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