A letter from John Van Bogaert, to all Lions Club members, family and friends:
Due to the recent infestation of the “Emerald Ash Borer”, Lions Park has lost over 30 ash trees.
We have also lost some of the old oaks over the last few years (Lost a 90+ yr Oak this past July). So we have started to look at replacing some of these trees. This fall I asked members at the October Meeting if they would donate $$ to buy some small replacement oak trees. The response was overwhelming and we planted 12 oaks this fall (see pics below)!
It is a great start to replacing some of the lost oaks at the park! Unfortunately these new ones are going to take some time to catch up! We are also in the process of evaluating the ash trees that have died in 2011 (est . 12-15). THANKS to the many donations from volunteers and local companies -Vermeer, Workin-Out, Feece Landscaping, Lions Club Members, etc, they removed 12 Ash trees and replaced them with Autumn Blaze Maples in April 2011.
We have decided to see if anybody would be interested in donating to help in the replacement of these trees? We are unsure of the exact cost to replace – but are open to any ideas members/donors may have? You don’t have to be a member to donate – any help would be greatly appreciated! We can mark the trees with plaques/stones etc. (at an additional cost TBD).
Please contact me, if you are interested in donating or helping. Thanks!
John Van Bogaert
Phone: (630) 207-7426
Planting a Million Trees – Do You Believe It Can Be Done?
As you know, Lions Club International is a community service organization. We believe that an important part of our service is caring for our environment. 2011-2012 Lions International President Wing-Kun Tam is challenging Lions around the world to plant one million trees this year to demonstrate the strength of our global network.
For more information on the Lions International tree planting initiative, follow the links below: