Lions hold July picnic

Lions hold July picnic The annual Vermillion Lions Club summer picnic held in the well air-conditioned Eagles Club on July 21 was enjoyed by all. President Barbara Campbell by way of a motion from a board member announced that the new location for the evening meetings starting in September will be the Silver Dollar restaurant. Lion Sid Davis presented information on the pancake and sausage Biker Breakfast to be held at the I-29 Rest Area from 7 a.m. to noon on Aug. 1-4. Davis stressed that this 4-day fund-raising event for the W.H. Over Museum will require the services of volunteers from both the Lions Club and the museum.

The elaborate arrangements for this �We Serve� endeavor are being spearheaded by Lions Marion Kryger and Ron Thaden, with the design of posters by Lion Lindy Wipf of Pressing Matters and advertising help from the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce.

Lion Bijay Naik was in charge of the installation ceremony for the new Lions Club officers and board members � President Gloria Christopherson, First Vice President Allen Johnson, Second Vice President Ron Thaden, Third Vice President Ross King, Treasurer Barbara Campbell, Secretary Charles Estee (assisted by Randy Sullivan), board directors Richard McBride, Tom Stogsdill, Sheryl Etling, and David Stockland, Lion Tamer Marion Kryger, and Tail Twister Mick Breske.

Lion Art Rusch presided over the induction ceremony for two new Lions members, Cathy Colwell and Russ Heikes. Rusch noted that the International Association of Lions Clubs founded in 1917 is at present the largest service group in the world, and that the special dedication of serving the blind and sight impaired started in 1925.

President Campbell noted that the Vermillion Lions during 2004-2005 inducted 10 new members, was involved in a number of pancake events (spring and fall pancake days, Vermillion Wine Festival, HOBY Seminar, and Clay-Union Member Appreciation Day) and donated $6,101 to local and regional organizations. Campbell announced that special recognition by way of certificates from the International Association is being given to certain individuals who have been Vermillion Club members for many years � Don Baer 42 years, Howard Connors 48 years, Vern Holter 50 years, Chuck Estee 54 years, and Bill Farber 55 years.

The evening concluded with the presentation of Appreciation Certificates to a number of Club members and Proud Lions Awards to new members Maxine Johnson and Jacquie Lonning.

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