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Lions 90th Birthday Bash

By Nathan Elliott

THE LIONS ROARED into the twenties on Thursday, October 25, at the River Grille when McCormick Lions members celebrated 90 years of serving those less fortunate than ourselves in McCormick and the surrounding area. The club was formed in 1928 with 20 members. Since then, the club has grown to 55 members. Over seventy Lions and guests attended the celebration, many dressed in 1920’s style with the ladies ready to “Charleston” and the guys dressed as Gangsters. Chef John Caswell and his River Grille team served up a wonderful dinner, and Gary Kline entertained the guests with music from the twenties. Club President Tom Westgate for once was left speechless when he was presented with a surprise award, a Melvin Jones Fellowship, the Lions Club’s highest award. A brief history of the club going back to 1928 was presented by David Merrills, which included more recent history listing donations made since 2013. In the last five years, the club has donated over $50,000 to many worthy causes thanks to the continued support of the local community. McCormick Lions are members of Lions Clubs International (LCI) with over 1.4 million members serving in 212 counties and geographic areas around the world. In 2017 LCI celebrated 100 years of service having been formed by the Lions founder, Melvin Jones in June of 1917 in Chicago. The Lions Clubs International Foundation LCIF) has donated over one billion dollars since 1968.

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