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Rainier Lions Club brought some of their bluegrass pickers to Rainier Round-Up Days Parade in this 2018 file photo. 

The Rainier Lions Club will hold its last meeting Saturday, Dec. 7, before permanently folding as members disperse to other local chapters.

The decision was announced during this month’s We Love Rainier Washington meeting. Terri Rendahl, a member of the club for eight years, said it’s sad to see the 26-year-old organization disband permanently. 

“We do a lot of things and it’s a shame to see it go away,” she said. 

The current King Lion, Jill Wilkinson, is expected to resign by the end of the year. With nobody in line to replace her, the club plans on permanently dissolving. 

The club’s 11 members, who used to meet regularly at the Rainier Chapel, will integrate into either the Yelm Lions Club or the Tenino Lions Club. 

Rendahl said the club was operated by a very small number of people. 

“It just seems like a lot of work when you don’t have a lot of people,” Rendahl said. “(But) it’s the same five people doing everything.” 

Membership for the small organization has also dropped in recent years. About six years ago, Rainier Lions had about twice as many members as it does today, according to a former NVN report. 

Over the years, the Rainier Lions Club was responsible for putting on a variety of family fun events and fundraisers. Those include Halloween in the Park; Peaches, Pears and Nectarines fundraiser; the annual Rainier Bluegrass Festival; the Apple fundraiser; dictionary donations for Rainier Elementary School students; and the hearing and sight van for Rainier Middle School students. 

The club has also sponsored local Cub and Boy Scout troops over the years. 

Former and current members are invited to the last meeting and holiday party, which will be held on Dec. 7 at the Red Wind Casino. 

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