A team of North Branch Lions worked Wednesday evening and Thanksgiving morning to prepare free Thanksgiving dinners at the Chisago County Senior Center kitchen. “You Lions are a band of angels,” noted an elderly woman upon receiving two dinners.
At right, 11 from the team paused for a photo opportunity shortly before dishing up the dinners for delivery. They were, from left, Jon Ekstrom, Don Elmstrand, Bill Schmidt (of the Stacy Lions), Dave Reider, David Danielson, Rusty Beam, Steve Slaughter, Mike Fluegel, John Dolin, Bob Olsen and Syl Marking. Not pictured: Jerrold Moen, Jayme Johnson, Jay Young, Don Hartzell and Bob Koepp.
Meanwhile, 14 gracious volunteers showed up to deliver the dinners. Front row (from left): George and Vicki Lesmann, Bobbie Eckel, Vicki Anderson, Robin Schultz, Bill Ellison, Claudia Ellison, Amy Kotval and Sheryl Read-Slaughter. Back row: Nick Shoemaker, C. J. Eckel, Dale Anderson, Al Schulz, and Mick Lexcen.
The dinners couldn’t have been delivered on time without these “give-something-back” people.