Despite a worldwide pandemic that shut down their two largest fundraisers of the year, the Sequim Valley Lions are making sure no projects — or fellow Sequim residents — are slipping through the cracks.
A half-dozen Lions were busy replacing steps to Green Acres Mobile Estates resident Lori Bittick-Humber’s home this week, putting their expertise in walkway repair to work.
Lion David Blakeslee said the club does eight to 12 steps or ramps per year. They’ll do the labor if the resident has funds for the materials, and if not the club will find a way to do the project anyway.
Bittick-Humber, who first moved to Sequim in 1968 and has been a Green Acres resident for about six years ago, said a delivery person had recently fallen through the deteriorating wood leading to her door.
She said she’s had a number of brain surgeries over the years and has issues of vertigo, so the Lions’ help has been critical.
“I was really afraid I’d fall through,” Bittick-Humber said. “They’ve been so helpful. They’ve just been a blessing, a life-saver.”
The Sequim Valley Lions saw their two major fundraisers — the beer garden at the Irrigation Festival Logging Show and the club’s annual crab feed — get cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Blakeslee said the events bring between $8,000-$10,000 each year.
The pandemic has also forced the club to meet online. Normally the club meets twice a week at Paradise Restaurant but now meets via Zoom. Blakeslee said the group has considered meeting outdoors at members homes.
“We are waiting until we can do it safely,” he said in an email. “Many of our members are elderly and we want to keep all of us and our community safe.”
While working on a project for club treasurer Dora Stovall, the Lions were contacted by a couple who asked to be informed about the Lions’ next project, so they could help out financially.
“Most of our contacts are from word of mouth,” Blakeslee said.
That contact turned into helping hands for Bittick-Humber, who had six Lions — Blakeslee, Edward Alders, Bill Billieu, George Dooley, John Riley and Steve Sahnow — at here door Monday morning, giving the Sequim resident a new set of stairs.
“Best Monday morning I’ve had in years,” she said.
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