District Governor Judy Pritchett was the first to offer congratulations. “Not many clubs get to 75; that’s quite an accomplishment,” she said.
She also presented a letter from Lions Club International President Wayne Madden, and presented service pins.
Linda Smith was honored for 10 years of service, Normal Culver for 30 and Ray Miller, who hosted Thursday’s celebration, for 50 years.
City Manager Brian Muenger then presented Miller with a plaque from himself, the city council and Mayor Larry Barton, who was also present.
“Having this organization reach a milestone like this is the kind of thing that can really foster a sense of civic pride,” Muenger said.
Penny Moss on keyboards and Norman Culver on vocals then lead the group through Christmas standards, and the assembled members told stories about their years, particularly going door to door selling brooms and mops from Alabama Industries for the blind.
Miller said more recently the club had hosted a yard sale that raised almost $1,000.
“That’s what it’s really all about, it’s the projects,” Miller said. “That’s what we’re really all about.”
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