On August 3rd, iSurf News brought readers information on the construction itself, including what size the new building will be, when the construction might be finished, and what kind of new interior features the building will offer.
Since the initial report, which was based on information provided by Downey Construction’s Superintendent, David Downey, iSurf News sought more information from an actual member of the Lions Club. Today, August 13th, iSurf News got in touch with the recently elected President of the Lions Club, Yolonda Libby, and found out how the new construction is being funded and why the old building needed to be replaced.
“We tore the old building down mostly because of its age,” said Libby, “and it wasn’t big enough. We needed more room. The kitchen was outdated, too. Spending money to go in there and re-build the building and make all the repairs we needed was going to cost us almost as much to build a new one, to tear it down and start over. We’ll have more parking; we’ll be able to have internet and services like audio-visual equipment where we’ll have a screen that’ll come down. It will just be nicer. This will be the third building that they will have had.”
As far as funding the construction of the approximately 4,000 square foot facility, Libby explained that, “The Lions did all of the work themselves, and through purchases—buying and selling—they were able to have enough money to do what they needed. Then we sold half of the original lot to Old National Bank, and part of the money from that will go toward building the new building, while the rest will be put into funds that we’ll use the interest off of to maintain the building. There are no public funds going into that building in any way, shape, or form.”
Libby also mentioned that they are looking to have the building completed by the latter half of December, if not sooner.
“We would just like to thank everybody for supporting our Pancake Days and our Golf Tournaments,” said Libby. “We actually have a Golf Scramble coming up on September 18th, too. The money we get from the Pancake Day and the Golf Scramble is what pays to buy eye glasses for Hopkins County senior adults and children. We need players and hole-sponsors for the upcoming Golf Scramble as well.”
For those interested in becoming involved with the Lions Club, they are currently holding weekly meetings on Wednesdays at the Ponderosa restaurant in Madisonville, KY at noon. In addition, the Madisonville Lions Club can be found online at www.madisonvillelions.org.
To view the previous article iSurf News posted on the construction aspects of the building, click the following link: New Building at Old Lions Club Location.
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