Reno Lions’ yard sale raising money for projects

Lions Club International is the “world’s largest service club organization” and that is exactly why Janice Arnold of Reno has been a member the past eight years.

“I enjoy doing this … it is an honor and a privilege to help others,” she said.

Part of being able to help others includes brainstorming for fundraising ideas. The 24 members of the Reno Lions Club have planned to hold a second inside yard sale Saturday at the Marietta Recreation Center, formerly the Reno Elementary School on Sandhill Road, in an effort to raise money for various projects.

“We decided to have it early this year,” Arnold said. “Last year we held it in September.”

There is space for several tables in the gymnasium and Arnold said there will be a little bit of everything for sale, including food.

“Last year we had about 10 to 12 tables set up,” she said.

“The vendors keep what they make and $15 to rent the space and whatever is made from the bake sale goes to the club,” club president Barbara Berry added.

Folks can inquire about setting up a table even up until Saturday morning and it offers a good way to get a jump on spring cleaning.

“They just have to show up,” Berry said.

Some ways the Reno Lions Club benefits the community include sponsoring a Bantam League baseball team, donating $500 to this year’s Marietta Police Department picnic and raising $10,000 towards building a picnic shelter at the recreation center.

“All that money came from sales when we used to run the Kreamy Kreations,” said Arnold, who currently serves as treasurer.

The 7.5-acre property behind the school was purchased by the Marietta Township trustees in 2004 for $260,000 after Reno School closed. Community members make good use of the walking trail, playground and ball field.

Arnold didn’t know off hand how much money last September’s yard sale raised but she mentioned that they have been able to help members of their community recently by purchasing a lift to make a van accessible for a child and a chair lift to allow a woman to go down a set of stairs in her home.