The Dexter Lions were formed March 22-1979 by (Gary Gould; Dave Piper; Charlie St. John) three men wanting to help others as well as the community. They proceeded to recruit more members, the original group totaled 40 members. Lion Tom Damoch of the Chelsea Lions was our guiding Lion for the first year to help get things rolling in the right direction.
The first fundraiser was to go door to door selling light bulbs, then too, Candy canes. After that, the idea of selling Christmas trees was started and is still going strong today.
Other fundraisers include:
*Selling adds for the Fall Sports Program Since 1984.
*Selling pavers bricks with your name or the name of a loved one to be placed in the walk around the gazebo.
*Selling Nachos out of a small wagon at Dexter Daze until 1989 when a larger and better wagon was built, we then expanded to sell pizza, soft pretzels, pop, fries.
In 1989 washing 36 dogs was a way to raise $472 for Leader Dog.
The Dexter Lions also donated park benches in 1983 to Monument Park, and on August 10, 1985, dedicated the Gazebo, which was Probably our largest project, Lions Louie Ceriani, Richard Dettling, and Don Poppenger were the driving force behind the project, it was designed by U of M students as a class assignment and Kem Saxston was the main builder that oversaw the project.
In 1990 we started sponsoring the RFD Boys at Dexter Daze.
May 25 - 1991 Was the final dedication of the Memorial Monument in Monument Park.
in 1997 a lawn tractor Painted in the U of M colors was raffled.
In 1998 the Dexter Lions started sponsoring the Pie Eating contest at Apple Daze
In 2000 the Dexter Lions assisted 14 families which were affected by a major sewer backup.
In 2002 the Dexter Lions helped to fund a camera for the Fire Fighters to locate victims trapped in a fire.