Lions Club awards grant to parks department for storm cleanup efforts


The Seymour Noon Lions Club recently had an opportunity to live out its motto “We Serve.”

When a storm rolled through Seymour overnight May 19 into May 20, Kasting Park on the west side of the city suffered significant damage.

That ranged from the concrete wall of a dugout collapsing to fences and trees being damaged.

The park was closed for at least a week due to insurance purposes, and no baseball or softball tournaments, games or practices were conducted there until everything was cleaned up and repaired.

Lions Club members helped city workers with cleanup, and the club then applied for a grant through the Indiana Lions Foundation to help defray costs associated with storm damage to the city sports facilities at the park.

During a club business meeting Thursday in the community room at First Financial Bank in Seymour, a $1,000 check was presented to the city.

Club President David Schill handed that over to Seymour Parks and Recreation Department Director Stacy Findley and Program Director Chad Keithley.

“The storm happened on a Friday, and Monday morning, we had lots of members out helping, so we really appreciate it,” Findley said to the club. “It’s one thing to donate money, but it’s another to get out with blood, sweat and tears and physically help move tree limbs and help clean up debris.”

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