The Seneca Lions Club is sponsoring their 10th annual winter Wild Game Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Seneca Town Hall off Taylor Ridge Road.
This annual event is the primary source of income for the Seneca Lion's College Scholarship Program offered to Seneca High School graduating seniors.
The first scholarship of $200 was awarded to one student in 1989. Presently the Club awards between three to five scholarships each year, with an approximate value of $250 each. Since inception of this program, 55 students have been awarded scholarships amounting to almost $12,000.
The Game Dinner menu this year includes roasted venison, beaver, catfish, muskrat, various kinds of chili, rabbit, sausages, and other wild game with mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and fresh rolls with homemade desserts. A free will donation is warmly accepted. There will be door prizes and raffles.
Any hunters willing to donate rabbits for this dinner should contact Lion Harold Schroeder at 608-734-3054.
This event is just one of the many activities the Seneca Lions is involved in to meet their motto ‘We Serve.’ All of the club’s fund-raising activities benefit the Seneca community, area and schools. This year, the Lions will again conduct Vision Screening in the school for children up to six years of age. Crawford County purchased a new OPTICX machine to use for the screening of children in this area. Lion Clubs throughout Crawford County are assisting to fund this $7,000 purchase.
Seneca Lions provide funds and volunteers for the High School Reality Check held in Prairie du Chien; clean up a two-plus-mile stretch of Highway 27, three times a year; host suppers at the school during teacher/student/parent conferences; and host a Craft Fair twice a year for local crafters with the next one coming up on April 18. At Easter and Christmas time, a pancake breakfast plus kids activities are always planned.
Seneca Lions big project for 2014-2015 is the construction of a new restroom, small shelter, and concession stand next to the softball field near the school. Work has already started largely due to a very generous donation from the George Foundation received in 2014.