Expect to see more Lions Club International members canvassing German Village streets this month.
Stu Koble and Joe Jackson, members of the nonprofit service organization, recently announced efforts to start a chapter in the historic district.
Koble, immediate past president of a Grove City chapter, said he's had some bites and verbal confirmation from some residents to help with the Lions Club's efforts, but no official commitments.
"So far I've been going around and shaking hands and meeting everybody I can and passing out our fliers," he said.
At 6:30 p.m. April 2, the Lions Club is scheduled to hold a public conversation in the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St., in Columbus to discuss the group's progress in creating the new chapter, Koble said.
Talks of starting a German Village chapter, Tom Grote said, caused him to do a double take.
That's because Grote is membership chairman of the Southeast Lions Club.
The Southeast Lions have been around for almost 80 years, storing their archives at the Schiller Community Center, meeting weekly at noon in the Berwick Manor Party House at Refugee Road and Winchester Pike in southeast Columbus and sponsoring an Easter egg hunt in Schiller Park, Grote said.
"We have given millions of dollars to the schools around here," he said. "We work with the Reeb (Avenue) Center. There's a lot going on."
Koble said the German Village chapter would not impinge on the work of the Southeast Lions. Rather, it would collaborate on different activities for the common good of the neighborhood, he said.
"We have certain projects that we work on and when one club needs help with manpower, for example, we pitch in and help that club," Koble said.
In Grove City, there are two clubs. One meets in the afternoon and the other one meets in the evening, Koble said.
His Grove City chapter, which is also 80 years old, has 55 members and meets twice a month in the evening.
He said he would like to have the German Village club meet in the evenings.
Grote said he understands the Lions Club's desire to branch out and recruit new members.
"I don't want to see it go away," he said.
"It's a tremendous thing."