The pins fell and the fun and funds grew as the Western Pocono Lions Club hosted its first bowl-a-thon to raise monies for charitable Lions projects.

Among the bowlers were a Lion member father and son duo, a Lion's husband and son duo, a Lion husband and wife, a Lion's member family quintet, as well as other friends and fellow Lions from the Tri-Valley Lions Club, led by PCC Lion Ron Dietz.

It is members of the visiting troupe who won trophies for high score, including Paul Shuey with a 188 and Yvonne Lettich with a 175.

Western Pocono Lion Joanne Rush raised the most money as an individual and started her bowling by getting got nine pins on her first ball.

"Yeah for Yale" was the cry as Lion Jon Evans' son Yale got his spare. Lion Joanne and her husband Lion Charles, were tied at one point, but he did outscore her for the whole game.

"There it is!" cheered the crowd of bowlers and friends as another Lion got his spare as well.

"Almost" was heard on the Klein family quintet alley as Cathy Klein, wife of Lion Fred Klein, did her best.

He and his son Fred Junior of Effort had a great family duel going, with their granddaughters/daughters, 14-year-old twins Marissa and Sarah having their own little "battle," accentuated by high fives and applause as any one of the five did well. They are students in the Pleasant Valley cyber school.

"How'd you do that?" came the query as one difficult spare was made while the same quip was earned for a gutter ball.

"So close!" was the encouragement, when the pins were missed by just a little.

"We learned a lot," said Lion co-chairs Fred Klein and Dave Rowan, who shepherded this first such event to a successful conclusion.

Fun was had in galore, fellowship got a high score and about $400 was raised as well.

The equation of fun and fellowship, family and pins knocked down equaled a Saturday success for all.