After decades of service with the Steinbach Lions Club, Hank Klassen’s time as a Lion came to an end with the club disbanding. 

Klassen says the club opened in Steinbach during 1973 and he joined around 10 years later. 

His first task was to start up a food bank. 

“A young lady approached us to see if we could help her with some food because the father had left and the parents didn't want to help,” says Klassen. “So, we got together a committee, we got some food together. And that was my first job that I had in the Lion’s Club was to facilitate the food bank.” 

Klassen is proud to have been part of the service club and appreciates the opportunity to help the community in many ways. 

For many years, the club raised money by cooking up pancakes and farmer sausage for private and public events, holding raffles and car shows, and then donated mobility aids to those who needed them.

Club membership dwindled over the past few years, says Klassen, and there were not enough people who could do the physical work involved with fundraisers. The club has donated items like the grills, tables and chairs to the food bank, he adds. 

While he is still involved with Southeast Helping Hands, Klassen plans to cut back on the amount of time he spends volunteering so he can spend more time with his family.