MARCUS - A joint effort by the Marcus Lions Club and the City of Marcus, along with a $5,000 grant from the Minnesota Twins "Fields For Kids" Program, has led to the completion of City Park Ball Field renovations here.
The Twins Community Fund works to enrich local and regional communities by providing clinics, scholarships, and grants for projects such as the Marcus Little League field renovation.
The Twins Fields For Kids Program has granted more than $2 million to improve nearly 450 Upper Midwest and Southwest Florida ball fields since its inception in 1999.
Marcus Lion Mike Dammann was aware of the Twins Program and the grant application was completed by Marcus Lion Steve Smith.
Volunteers led by Tim Dreckman, Lion Leonard Dreckman, and Doug Dreckman put in many hours of labor on the project The Lions gratefully acknowledge donated time, materials, and expertise by Lion Harold Klassen, Les Pedersen, Dan Erickson, Todd Ames of Ames Body Shop, and Jeff Frederick of Frederick Welding.
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School coaches Mark Brighton and Al Vasher also assisted in the efforts. Thanks also goes to Schmillen Construction and the City of Marcus crew for their help.
The Marcus Lions also thank those businesses that maintain the outfield fence signs at the ball Field. This provides on-going support for the Marcus Little League Program each year.
A plaque provided by the Twins has been placed in the ballpark concession stand. It joins a memorial plaque dedicated to Mark Roethler who was honored in 2010 for his volunteer efforts with the Little League through the years.
This project exemplifies what can be achieved when volunteers, service organizations, cooperative City government boards, and major organizations such as the Minnesota Twins work together.
The Marcus Lions are part of Lions International, a service organization that promotes community service, sight, and hearing programs in many countries throughout the world.