Manila Lions Club held the annual banquet and installation of officers Monday evening, June 20. Members and guests enjoyed a catered dinner from Big Butts in Leachville.
Lion Dan Robbins commended President Presson for doing a good job for the year.
"We have put back in our community," Robbins said. "We donated to the mentoring project, Operation 2011, at Manila High School; we helped the Business Women with a donation for Toys for Tots; we gave a $500 scholarship to a Manila senior; we gave $1,800 in prizes at the Chili Cook-off; we provided $525 for examinations and eye glasses; and we distributed 104 family baskets during the Christmas season."
President Presson introduced the guest speaker, Lion Pat Snodgrass, former District Governor of Jonesboro, who presided over the installation of new officers.
Lion Snodgrass thanked the Manila Lions for inviting him back to Manila.
"I have always enjoyed coming to Manila and visiting your Club," he said. "I have been active in Lionism for many years, served as District Governor and it is always rewarding to see old friends and take part in the installation of officers. You have a great group. Small Clubs make Lions a great organization."
He praised the strong Leo Club, calling them the future of Lionism. One of the new Lion Club members and officers just came out of the Leo Club.
Manila Lions Club was founded in 1925.
"You are one of the oldest Clubs in Arkansas and you are still active and strong," Snodgrass said.
The installation ceremony was held for incoming officers. They are, Thomas Jaco, president; Jim Cheadle, first vice president; Jim Mills, second vice president; Dan Robbins, Secretary; Tracey Reinhart, treasurer; Andrew Nelms, tail twister; Frank Kirby, Lion tamer; Wendell Poteet, Tony Crowell and Ty Presson, directors.
Following the installation ceremony, Lion Robbins gave a special tribute to the late Max Schrader, a long time Manila Lions Club member.
"I had the pleasure of working with Max, B.J., Peggy, and Jim (at the Merchants & Planters Bank in Manila) when I first returned to Manila. One of the first things Max said to me was I needed to get involved in the community and become a member of the Lions Club. Max had been a Lion since he came to Manila. He will be missed. We need to find people who want to be in the Club. The Lord will be calling more of us home and we need people like Lion Max with knowledge to share with younger members."
Outgoing president Presson welcome incoming President Jaco handing him the gavel and wishing him a good year.
"I look forward to the coming year," Lion Jaco said.
A drawing was held for the money collected by the Tail Twister throughout the year with new member Ann Jaco winning. She donated the money back to the Christmas Toy project.