IDEAS THAT ROAR LIONS CLUBS MAKE A BIG IMPACT WITH SERVICE PROJECTS SERVICE IDEA PITCH IN TO HELP START A LEO CLUB Sponsoring a Leo club shows young people early in life how they can make a lifelong difference in their communities and the world. Cabrillo Lions spread crushed granite on the pathway. On the Path to Community Service It bothered Cabrillo Lion Fil Munoz every time he walked an unfinished path alongside a sports field built at Polo Grounds Park in Aptos, California. He knew Lions could finish the pathway. After much hard work, that’s exactly what they did. “The setting is along a creek edged by coastal redwood trees,” says Lion Barbara Chamberlain. “Twenty years ear-lier, some local groups including Lions built youth sports playing fields on property that was once a polo field used by wealthy San Franciscans on vacation. Lion Fil knew the path stopped because of a lack of funds.” He suggested to Lions, several of whom are retired from the construction trades, that they tackle the half-mile path’s completion. Chamberlain says it was the biggest project taken on by Cabrillo Lions since they built a community cen-ter 40 years earlier. “The majority of club members were in their 80s. How-ever, nothing stopped them once they began the project,” Chamberlain points out. They obtained the necessary county permits to begin the work and hired a contractor to grade the route and frame the new five-foot-wide pathway. 10 LION MAY 2013 She credits Lion Steve Irving for his persistence in ac-quiring donations of 5,100 feet of pressure-treated wood, 200 tons of gravel and 75 tons of a topping mixture called California gold. Even with donations valued at more than $20,000, Lions spent $11,000. Most of those funds were raised by the weekly Bingo games sponsored by the Cabrillo Lions and three other clubs in the area. Lion Tom Garske, a retired building contractor, brought a small tractor onsite to move the materials, and Lion Jay Johnson contributed the use of several other pieces of equip-ment. “The work crew brought their own shovels,” says Chamberlain. “The oldest worker was 90 and the youngest, 50. The average age of the workers was 78.” Lions and some of their family members contributed more than 600 hours in volunteer labor. The entire project took seven months from first gathering appropriate county permits to completion. Lions were not content to rest on their pathway laurels, however. While working, Irving saw picnic benches that had been discarded behind a shed. Lions repaired them and cre-ated a picnic grove in the redwoods alongside the path.