The Millet and District Lions Club have been serving our community for the past 40 years with a current active membership of 50 plus. Millet Lions have recently committed to the construction of a new campground for the town of Millet and as the campground committee chair, I am representing the club in saying we are extremely excited about the upcoming project!
Approximately 7 years ago Millet Lions club surrendered their recreation land (6 stall campground plus tenting area) to the town of Millet for a future housing development. Since that time the Town of Millet and Millet Lions Club have been looking for land that would best suit the construction of a new campground facility. Recently the town of Millet has secured a 20 acre parcel of land adjacent to the Millet Agriplex and the Millet Lions club have signed a long term lease with the Town of Millet, for the new home of the Lions Memorial Campground.
Millet Lions Club has minimal opportunities for generating funds, and the construction of a new campground with the management being taken care of by the volunteer based service club, is the perfect opportunity to give back to those in need. Lions International mandates that all profits generated by the club be injected back into the community through service initiatives. Having a campground of this calibre will support the initiatives in the Millet area. Being able to provide accommodation options while attending host events is a great asset for the town. Events such as Concert in the Country, minor ball tournaments, Communities in Bloom, Annual Millet Days, slow pitch tournaments, soccer tournaments, family reunions, annual Harvest Festival, weddings and many more such events. Providing the participants/visitors accommodation will attract more of these types of events, and bring tourism back into the Town’s business sector. With added tourism comes added financial boost to the local business owners and a long term thriving business sector. Lastly, the residents of the town of Millet will have the benefit of any profits as the Lions Club continues to support families in the community. Members of the community requiring additional help with education materials, senior support, emergency services, and medical assistance will continue to receive the benefits of these profits. The Millet Lions are strong supporters of the volunteer Fire Department, Food Bank, seniors association, other local service clubs, Veterans/Legion and all minor sporting groups and school groups. The strong relationship to date, and support in the future, with the Mayor Rob Lorenson, his council, and the CAO, will undoubtedly create a successful project.
The cost to plan and construct the Lions Memorial Campground will be primarily covered through fund raising, donations and possible grant monies. With a projected completed cost of $300,000 plus, we will be working very hard with fund raising in the coming months. This new campground will secure the strong future and success Millet Lions club has been providing the community with ongoing assistance where required. It is a long term income producing project that will live on for years to come.