Barrington Lions Club member finds fun in service
The Barrington Lions Club recognized two of its members Jan. 2 for their length of service in the club, including Dick Smith and Steve Belknap for 20 and 15 years of service, respectively. Also pictured is club president Steve Floyd. | Photo courtesy Barr
CURRENT HOME: Barrington since 1985
HOMETOWN: Des Plaines
READING: “The Fellowship,” about Frank Lloyd Wright and his works
MUSIC: Willie Nelson and Bob Segar
VACATION: Riviera Maya, Mexico
SPORTS TEAM: The Cubs
Updated: February 25, 2013 8:11AM
BARRINGTON — Barrington resident Dick Smith recently celebrated 20 years of service in the Barrington Lions Club.
During the last two decades, Smith has been involved in the club’s golf outings, bowling tournaments, poker events and Fourth of July celebrations.
In the midst of all that fun, Smith noted that the money raised during the many Lions Club functions all goes back to the community, benefitting causes including hospice care, public safety, camps, boy scouts and scholarships for graduating high school students.
The events and service projects have all been enjoyable, Smith said, so much that he didn’t even realize it had been 20 years since he joined. The Lions Club is the world’s largest international service club organization.
Q: What is your favorite community event?
A: Probably the Fourth of July. The Lions are mostly in charge of that. We order all the supplies and man the event. We’re also in charge of all the cooking and the beer tent.
Q: What inspired you to become involved with the Barrington Lions Club?
A: When I first moved to Barrington, I used to coach on the baseball team. Another parent, Jim Nelson, would always tell me about the club, asking me to join. It was a nice way to get out and it just became an enjoyable way to get out with some of the guys.
Q: What got you interested in charity work within the Lions Club?
A: The first function I went to was the steak fry in Langendorf Park. I met some of the guys and got to know what the Lions Club is all about.
Q: What are your future volunteering goals?
A: My future goal is to try to get new members to do the work we’ve already established.
Q: What is your proudest moment or greatest achievement?
A: I don’t know if there’s any one. It’s just a continuation of serving the community.