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Lions celebrate lunch relay event in Mercer

 

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LIONS CLUB District 27-C2 Gov. Roger Weber, of the Sayner-Star Lake Lions Club, introduces Smokey the Bear at the Lions Lunch Around the World Relay event Monday at the Mercer, Wis., school.

MERCER, Wis. - The Mercer Lions Club celebrated the Lions Lunch Around the World Relay with a Mexican flair Friday, April 4, at the Mercer School cafeteria.

The 24-hour event is celebrated by Lions Clubs in each time zone around the world, starting in New Zealand at noon local time that day. It aims to bring families and friends of Lions and Lioness members together to share a meal and celebrate the value and rewards of service to communities and the world, a news release said.

The Mercer Lions celebrated at the same time as Lions from Mexico City, inspiring the theme and a menu including tacos, Mexican rice, pineapple and chocolate chili cupcakes.

Mercer residents, school staff and students attended the event, which included a food drive for the Mercer Area Food Pantry. "Attendees and the Mercer students donated many different items," school board treasurer Deanna Pierpont said.

An information session discussed the benefits of the clubs, which are the world's largest service organizations. Attendees were invited to join the Lion and Lioness clubs. Lion Marla Suckow discussed the possibility of sponsoring an Alpha Leo Club, a service organization for students ages 12-18.

The Mercer Student Council and co-advisor Lori Boltz decorated the cafeteria with supplies offered by Lions Dave and Louise Minisan. Life Skills students baked and decorated the cupcakes.