Future MSAD 3 has received a $1,000 contribution from the Monroe Lions Club for First Things First, the fund drive to support the infrastructure for future athletic enhancements at the new K-12 Mount View School in Thorndike.

With more than 1.3 million members, Lions Club International is the world’s largest service club organization. Future board chairwoman Vicki Kupferman of Knox acknowledged the contributions of the Monroe Lions Club throughout the area.

“So many of our neighbors are dedicated individuals committed to the concept of serving youth in our communities. On behalf of the Future board, we’re grateful for the support of the Monroe Lions Club for First Things First,” said Kupferman.

According to Monroe Lions Club treasurer Dave Doak, supporting First Things First was a good match for their service organization. “We are interested in supporting youth athletics,” Doak said. The Lions also sponsor two B.U.M. League basketball teams.

Lions Club President Mike Moody cited Future’s campaign for The Clifford Performing Arts Center as an example of what can be accomplished for area youth when people work together. “The new performing arts center at Mount View was such a great idea. Anything to actively involve kids in our district is something we like supporting,” said Moody.

The service club is active in the community collecting usable eyeglasses for the Lions Eyeglass Recycling program and raising funds for youth athletics. Each year the Monroe Lions Club sponsors the Memorial Day Fair and Parade, featuring a chicken barbecue, craft tent, children’s games, and horseshoes. Additional annual events include a community breakfast in March and the hunter’s breakfast each November.

The Monroe Lions Club has 15 members who meet from September to May, the first Tuesday of the month at the Monroe Community Church on West Main Street, and, as Moody pointed out, “We’re always looking for new members, both women and men, to join us.”

Thanks to 1982 Mount View alumnus Rob Nielsen of Washington state, the Lions’ contribution will be doubled. Future recently announced that Nielsen has offered a $5,000 matching gift for First Things First. The next $4,000 in contributions will be matched, according to Kupferman.

First Things First is the initial phase of a capital campaign for Mount View athletics. Future must raise $56,000 as soon as possible to complete the funding for the infrastructure that was put in place at Mount View’s athletic complex this past summer and fall. The underground infrastructure needed to be in first — before any other athletic enhancements can be added. To date more $67,000 has been raised in contributions and pledges from 286 donors.

Funds raised through First Things First support areas not covered by the state or the district by providing water and electrical conduit to new and existing athletic fields, and water, power and sewer lines to a planned outdoor concession building.

While a new, permanent outdoor concession building to include athletic storage areas and public rest rooms will be funded later during a major capital campaign, Future is now raising funds for the building’s utilities that have been put in place and capped — water, power and sewer.

Specific utilities funded by First Things First include water and electrical conduit to the high school athletic fields, including baseball, field hockey, and two soccer fields, the new track, and multi-purpose field inside the new track. Also included, is funding for electrical conduit for lights at the multi-purpose field, at the track for a FinishLynx electronic timing system, and for a new scoreboard for football, soccer, and track. And finally, they would provide funding for water and electrical conduit, and a sewer line to the planned concession building site.

Future MSAD 3 is a nonprofit organization run by a board of 18 community volunteers. Its mission is to raise funds to enhance particular areas in the new Mount View School complex not covered by state funding.

For more information on the campaign, Mount View athletic facility naming opportunities, or to contribute: call 948-6120 or e-mail futuremsad3@yahoo.com or visit futuremsad3.org. Find Future MSAD 3 on Facebook. Contributions can be sent to Future MSAD 3, P O Box 151, Unity, ME 04988.