The Columbus Southeast Lions Club was Founded in May 1940 by 46 local businessmen who dedicated their time and talents to assisting others in Columbus' south end.

They began meeting at the Swan Grill and Bowling Alley at Jenkins and Parsons Avenue.

One of their first projects was to build a playground for local children.

These Lions purchased land on Barthman Avenue at Sixth Street and built a playground which was donated to the city of Columbus parks and recreation department.

This occurred in 1946 and that park still exists today and is known as the Southeast Lions Playground. We hope you will visit this special park and enjoy it.

Other playgrounds were built and this small club was involved. Also, most schools locally on the Southend, received playground equipment as did Schiller Park.

In 1949, a challenge from the "Ohio State Journal" newspaper and "The Citizen" newspaper was made to establish special Easter egg hunts at local parks.

Once again, the Southeast Lions became involved by donating funds and the members worked this event.

Saturday, March 31, the Southeast Lions will be conducting their 70th annual Easter egg hunt for local residents.

The event will be started promptly at 10 a.m. by Columbus firefighters from stations 2, 3 and 14. When the horn blows, the hunt will start. Children will find lots of candy and some might be lucky enough to get a special golden (wooden) egg they can redeem for a chocolate bunny.

This year the prize chocolate bunnies are being donated by Winan's Fine Chocolates in German Village. The Southeast Lions express our thanks to Winan's for their generous donation. This will make the children happy.

Through 70 years, the Schiller park staff, along with local boy scout troops and Columbus firefighters, have assisted in this wonderful community project. Thank you to all of you from the Columbus Southeast Lions Club known as "The Club that gets things done."

George Poppy of the Columbus Southeast Lions Club submitted the Village Notebook column .