Just because the pandemic forced the Washington Island Lions Club to take most of the year off from their activities does not mean you could not find their impact. COVID-19 canceled the club’s popular Fly-In Fish Boil and Washington Island Fair events that raise thousands of dollars for special area causes. The club also could not rent out its large events tent which also raises thousands of dollars for its mission. Despite the lack of fundraising efforts, the Washington Island Lions Club still supported the community when they were called upon. That includes $3,000 towards a new concession stand at the town park and additional dollars toward efforts like the Washington Island Legion, the island’s war memorial, and student scholarships. Washington Island Lions Club Treasurer Joel Gunnlaugsson says he and his fellow members are excited to get back out into the community.
The club’s first big event back is this Saturday’s Fly-In Fish Boil at the Washington Island Airport. You do not have to be one of the 100 pilots that fly in to enjoy the event, which serves its fish boil alongside music and kids activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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