by Elizabeth Wehman, editor
JANET AMIDON, of Durand, was the official winner of the Lennon Lions Annual Raffle. Amidon is shown , sitting on her new lawn mower, along with representatives from the Lennon Lions Club, her family and also the Aldermans. They are: (from left) Tim Alderman, Wade Alderman, Amidon’s grandson Ethan, Amidon’s husband Russ, Lennon Lions Club President Doug Palmer, Lennon Lions Club Vice President Scott Breece, and Lennon Lions Club member Carl Sahlke. (Independent Photo/Elizabeth Wehman)
Things don’t often turn out as planned. On June 23, after selling hundreds of raffle tickets, the trailer and tractor, holding the Cub Cadet, which was being raffled off by the Lennon Lions Club was stolen from a parking lot in Lennon. Club members were sadden by the theft. Alderman’s, who donated the tractor for the raffle, stepped up to the plate and provided a new tractor for the raffle. Then on the morning of July 8, Lennon Police were led by public tips to a location in Flushing where not only the lawnmower was found, but also many other stolen items.
“Amazingly, this whole incident turned something that appeared to be a really tragic event, into something great,” said Lennon Lions Club Vice President Scott Breece. “Because of the theft, we gained some great advertising for our raffle and the community responded wonderfully.” The Lions Club were able to sell a record number of 1380 raffle tickets, resulting in the best ever results in their 15 years of selling tickets.
Amidon was awarded the lawnmower at the Lennon Homecoming event on July 17. “I’m very excited and very surprised,” Amidon said. Amidon’s grandson Ethan and husband Russ are also excited about the win and will be trading places mowing the lawn on their new tractor.
“What could have been a real sad tragedy has turned into an awesome, great thing,” said Breece again. The trailer holding the tractor was never recovered, but many are still sure that it might turn up in the future as well. “Because of this incident, we caught a culprit,” added Breece. The club’s record breaking ticket sales will enable them to do more to help others. And Amidon and her family have a new Cub Cadet lawn tractor to use at their home. Some things don’t often turn out as we plan, sometimes they turn out better.