// The Flag came to life in a one-day fund drive, businesses, churches, service clubs, governmental bodies, schools and many individuals donated generously toward the installation of the flag and the completion of the flagpole site on North Bechelli Lane.
On the first anniversary of 9/11 the Flag pole was dedicated in a moving ceremony. Additionally, Redding First Church of the Nazarene generously contributed the beautiful landscaping around the flag site.
In the nearly eight years since the flag was raised the Lions have had to pay for flag replacement and maintenance cost to the tune of $6,000 peryear. The Club extremely diligent about using their flags as long as possible, mending minor tears and whatever they can while still maintaining the dignity of the flag. Yet with weather and freeway pollution, the flags often need be replaced up to four times a year. $6,000 a year purchases two winter flags, which are heavier and more durable in wet weather, and two summer flags, which are lighter and fly better in soft summer winds, and allows for a budget for site maintenance.
In 2006, the Lions opened an Endowment with the Community Foundation with the goal of raising $150,000 that will produce an annual payout that will cover the flags maintenance for years to come. Today the fund has a balance of $155,000 and has received well over 1000 donations from the community. In 2010, with the help and support of the community, the Lions Club “Took it to the Top” and reached its goal of $150,000 in the endowment fund! You can still donate to this fund and help “Keep it to the Top” allowing this landmark Flag to grace our sky for generations to come.
To donate, Contact the Community Foundation at (530) 244-1219.