Most people are aware of the various events and activities that the Escalon Lions produce. The Corned Beef Dinner, sponsoring the beer booth at Park Fete, and more recently, during the pandemic a ‘drive through’ Tri Tip Dinner. All fundraising projects help raise money to pay for scholarships, the sign at the Main Street Park, pitchers’ mounds at Hogan-Ennis Park, co-sponsoring the electronic sign at Highway 120 and McHenry. ‘pooper scoop bag stations’ at various locations in Escalon, and picnic tables in the Main Street Park, just to name a few.
What many may not know is that a crew of Escalon Lions donated their time and spent hours on Sunday, May 16 walking a few miles of McHenry Avenue picking up trash along the road. Most, but not all, were retirees and all who participated took the task seriously. Volunteers said ‘the last guy in line’ still found something that needed to be picked up. Around 10 gigantic trash bags provided by the San Joaquin County were filled, not including lengths of wood and PVC pipe that were picked up.
Escalon Lions Vice President Tom Machado contacted the county so each Lion was equipped with a vest, gloves and ‘grabbers’ to assist in the trash pick-up. A vehicle with hazard lights flashing followed to keep the Lions volunteers safe.