Nonprofit Profile

Gresham Lions work to help the community

Carol Wagner Leader Correspondent

Tim Paiser, a longtime member of the Gresham Lions Club, has earned the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. It is given to a club member who stands out and whose work enabled the club to donate $1,000 to the Lions Club International Disaster Relief.

His work in organizing the first fall trail ride made it possible. Riders could camp on Paiser’s farm field near Captain’s Cove, where the riders could enjoy music and food.

“I brought up the idea,” Paiser said.

Lions Club International Disaster Relief is part of the Lions Club International Foundation. It was established in 1986 as a way for clubs to extend their commitment to international service. Paiser’s name will be added to a list at the international headquarters.

Locally, there are 34 members in the Gresham club who work to help their community with fundraisers. Along with the new fall trail ride there is another in the spring on Memorial Day weekend. That ride has been going on for several years.

“We appreciate all the landowners who let us use their property,” Paiser said.

They also have a winter carnival, which will be Jan. 27 at the shelter at Upper Red Lake, with a fishing derby and raffle.

“All proceeds go to charitable events,” Paiser said.

The club has donated to Red River Riders, the Gresham American Legion, the Christmas Angel Tree, Safe Haven and the Gresham FFA to send high school members to the national convention in the fall. They have a bike rodeo in the spring and sponsor a Halloween party in the fall.

“That’s why we work hard at our fundraisers,” said president Trevor Paiser.

They also support the Lions Camp at Rosholt.

“No one knows about it unless you have a disabled child,” said past president Dave Schoenike.

The Lions also help locally. Club secretary Raymond Rigsby took it upon himself to get help for an elementary student who needed glasses. He took her to the appointment, and the Lions paid for her glasses.

“All our members donate a lot, whether it’s time, services, equipment or money,” Tim Paiser said.

“When I go to a Lions meeting, we’re all pretty lucky and blessed,” Schoenike said. “It’s nice to help people who aren’t.”

Other officers are Jon Shively, first vice president; Joel Pieper, treasurer; Mark Buettner, lion tamer; Travis Paiser, tail twister; Rick Giese, past president; and directors Greg Parker, Tom Mehlberg, Merritt Schmidt, and Scott Salfer.

The club meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. at The Woodland in the winter and at the Lions shelter in the summer.