(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
President Tracy Reinhart welcomed Lion members and guests. Members introduced their wives and other guests.
A steak dinner and dessert were prepared and served by Terry and Barbara Carr.
Outgoing President Reinhart expressed his appreciation for all the help from members.
"I have not seen as much increase in numbers as I would have liked, but the club has done a tremendous job," Reinhart said.
The club provided Christmas baskets and eyeglasses for many area families and individuals.
"The things we do make our community a better place to live," Reinhart said. "I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to serve as president. I plan to continue to be here every Wednesday and take part in all of our projects."
Lion Danny Robbins reminded everyone of the Lion slogan, "We serve."
"Our numbers are down," he said. "I am sure some of the older member can remember having 35 or 40 members, and I can remember having 20-25 on a regular basis. We have an obligation to our community. We cannot let this club get down. We owe it to the Lions who have passed away to keep this club active."
Lions have grown since it started in 1917. There are 1.5 million members in 200 countries.
"We are in a valley now, but will not stay there," Robbins said.
He reminded everyone to not forget what has been done and to look forward to the future on what can be done.
Officers installed for the upcoming year are: Tony Crowell, president; Wendell Poteet, first vice president; Terry Carr, treasurer; Clell Castleman, Lion tamer; Thomas Jaco, tail twister; Jim Cheadle, Wayne Shedd, and Max Schrader, board members; and Dan Robbins, secretary.
President Crowell expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to serve.
He thanked Mr. and Mrs. Carr for the delicious meal. He also expressed his appreciation to outgoing President Reinhart for his service.
"Everyone knows how busy you are with your boys," Crowell said. "You sacrificed a lot of your time over the last two years and we appreciate it."
Crowell has been a member of the Manila Lions Club for three years.
"As a student I remember seeing members of the Lions Club come to the school lunchroom," Crowell said. "I can remember thinking I want to be a Lion when I grow up. I appreciate all you have done and your families. I think we will have a tremendous year. I'm hopeful we will increase our membership. We need people in my age from 30 to 40 years old to become Lions. I will do my best to encourage new members."
He expressed his appreciation to the longtime members for always being there.
Lion Carr reported in addition to the Christmas baskets and funds the Lions have provided glasses and eye examinations for eight or nine individuals this year.