Manila Lions holds installation banquet

Monday, June 25, 2012
Manila Lion outgoing president Tom Jaco (right) welcomes Wendell Poteet, incoming Lion Presint

Manila Lions Club held the annual installation of officers/banquet at the Manila Depot Center on Tuesday, June 19, with Pat Snodgrass, former District Governor of Jonesboro, presiding over the installation of new officers.

Thirty-nine Lion members and guests attended the ceremony. Special guests for the event were members of the Manila Business Professional Women. Lions expressed their appreciation for the help each year. The women provide breakfast and fried pies each year at the chili cook-off.

New officers installed included Wendell Poteet, president; Terry Carr, first vice president; Wayne Mills, second vice president; Dan Robbins, secretary; Tracey Reinhart, treasurer; Frank Kirby, Tony Crowell, Tail Twister; Andrew Nelms, Lion Tamer; Ty Presson, Jim Cheadle, Leroy Douglas and Tom Jaco, directors.

Manila Lion officers installed at the annual banquet and installation ceremony.

Chris Hill, owner of Acoustic Duck Calls, talked to the members about holding a duck calling contest for youth, teen and adults. Hill is the chairman of Delta Waterfowl. He made suggestions to give gift certificates instead of money as prizes. The duck calling competition could be a yearly event for the Chili Cook-off.

Plans are also to have a 5K run added to the chili Cook-off events this year.

Poteet recognized Blake Carr, president of the Leo Club. He expressed his appreciation to members of the Leo Club.

Mr. Robbins also thanked the Leo Club for their help with the annual pancake dinner.

"We could not have done it without them," Robbins said.

The Manila Lions Club was founded in 1925 and is one of the oldest clubs in Arkansas. Through the years they have strived to serve the community, distribute Christmas baskets, and provide eye glasses to people who need a helping hand.

A steak dinner was prepared by Lion Carr for members and guests.

Door prizes were given. A drawing was held for the money collected by the Tail Twister throughout the year with Ty Presson being the winner.

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