From noon to 3 p.m. at the Lions Hall on Main Street in Burney, the Lions Club served an awesome Thanksgiving feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie.
Outside, cars were lined up and down Main Street in front of the building.
At the door, four friendly “door greeters,” welcomed us.
Inside it was truly a community celebration. Conversation flowed easily throughout the room as people greeted old friends and make new.
Larry Hawthorne, Past President and current board member of the Lions Club, organized this year’s event. The club has been serving a Thanksgiving dinner for the community for about 42 years.
Hawthorne said, “This dinner is to thank the community for their continued support for Lions Club service projects. We are very grateful to the people of Burney. Happy Thanksgiving.”
Young members of the Burney Lions Club Leos, Boy Scout Troop 38, Cub Scout Pack 38, and the Burney 4H cheerfully and efficiently seated guests, served the meals, and cleared the tables.
Lion Walt Libal said that the local Leos have between 40 and 50 enthusiastic young members who engage in a variety of service activities throughout the year. He shared from his experience how when young people work with and serve people of all ages, the experience opens their heart and develops their social skills.
Melissa Madden, activities director at Burney High School, helped to organize the young people who were serving.
In addition to serving about 250 dinners at the hall, Larry Hawthorne said that the club also delivered 52 Thanksgiving Day dinners to people at home who couldn’t come out.
Thank you Lions club and all of those who helped make this a great Thanksgiving for Burney!