Lions Club Sweet­ens Scavenger Hunt

Escalon Times - - FRONT PAGE - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@escalon­

Join­ing in the craze sweep­ing the na­tion, the Escalon Lions Club is host­ing a ‘great golden rock hunt’ around the com­mu­nity.

Board mem­ber Tom Machado said the Lions Club board ap­proved the project at its Au­gust board meet­ing and hid the spe­cial rocks around the com­mu­nity this past week­end.

“I didn’t ex­pect it to be this big,” Machado ad­mit­ted on Tues­day, with many of the spe­cial rocks al­ready found and turned in.

Escalon res­i­dents, it turns out, are good rock hunters.

The goal be­hind the rocks cam­paign na­tion­wide, Machado said, is to hide rocks with uplift­ing mes­sages as a way to spread mes­sages of joy, love and hope, pro­vid­ing a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.

The lo­cal Lions Club also made the deal a lit­tle sweeter.

“We ap­proved money to paint and hide 20 rocks around the com­mu­nity, plus at­tached to each one is a $10 gift cer­tifi­cate to The Big Dip­per,” Machado said of part­ner­ing with the lo­cal ice cream par­lor.

The Lions Club made a $200 do­na­tion to the cream­ery, which then pro­vided the cer­tifi­cates. Hunters, when they find the rocks, take them to The Big Dip­per and re­deem the cer­tifi­cate for an ice cream treat.

“It’s kind of like Rocks for Peace,” Machado said, with hunters also able to sat­isfy their sweet tooth at the end of the hunt. “It’s a huge, na­tional thing, all about spread­ing love and fun.”

Lions Club mem­bers painted rocks to hide, one side is golden and the other side is painted as well but also in­cludes ei­ther a paw print or the Lions Club logo, some­thing to make it stand out a lit­tle more.

“I hid some in places I didn’t think they would be easy to find,” Machado ex­plained, not­ing that the num­ber of rocks al­ready turned in dur­ing the first few days of the hunt proved him wrong.

“We sched­uled it to run through the mid­dle of Oc­to­ber,” he added. “We went out hid­ing them in the wee hours of Sept. 16 and peo­ple have been out find­ing them ever since.”

Once this ini­tial hunt pe­riod is over, the Lions Club also plans to make a do­na­tion to Escalon schools as part of the ‘rocks’ pro­gram. The suc­cess of the hunt might also mean an­other round later on. Once all 20 rocks have been found and turned in, the hunt will be de­clared over. The rocks will be re­turned to those that found them to keep as a me­mento, said Machado.

Some of those turn­ing the rocks in at The Big Dip­per have been post­ing on the Lions Club Face­book page, thank­ing the Club for the hunt and the treat. All ages are in­volved, said Machado, mak­ing it an event the en­tire com­mu­nity can en­joy.

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