The Payson Lions Club fed a group of 24 Pi Kappa Phi fraternity men pedaling across the nation to raise money for those with disabilities.
“They arrived in Payson late in the afternoon on June 25 on the 12th day of their trip,” said Pam Scarlett, a Lions Club member.
The two organizations share in the spirit of service to communities.
“They are dedicated to their mission which is to instill a passion for lifelong service in their fraternity members while helping to empower people living with disabilities,” said Scarlett. “This summer they will meet with organizations across the country that support people with disabilities at what they call friendship visits which can be a karaoke party or a game of wheelchair basketball, or even just sharing a meal.”
Sharing a meal is what the Payson Lions Club decided to do.
The club took over a ramada at Rumsey Park and purchased a spaghetti dinner with garlic bread from By The Bucket.
“We thank them for having that much food ready when we needed it,” said Scarlett.
Club members provided the drinks, appetizers and desserts.
The two groups had fun getting to know each other.
“After dinner each of the men introduced themselves and told a fun fact about themselves so of course the Lions shared facts about themselves as well,” said Scarlett. “It really put a personal touch to the evening.”
The riding team presented Lions President Bill Davis a team T-shirt and made him an honorary member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.
In total, 90 Pi Kappa Phi men in three groups from Seattle, San Francisco and Santa Barbara will ride across the nation ending up in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 10.
Many of the 24 men traveling this southern route told the Lions “they had only been to a couple of states in their life so this is really going to be an adventure for them as they discover America on their way across country,” said Scarlett.
“We assumed that they must all be seasoned cyclists to take on such a long ride but found out that only a few had much riding experience and some had even just bought a bike in order to do this ride! Many shared how they are discovering muscles they never knew they had which made us laugh,” she said.
The Lions felt, “they were all just a wonderful group of men who are already on their way to fulfilling the goals Pi Kappa Phi has instilled in them.”
The Lions sent them on their way with full bellies and hearts.
“We wish them well as they continue their 59-day journey across America,” said Scarlett.