Manila Lions Club reaches milestone

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Manila Lions turn 85. Pictured are, from left, front -- Matt Noble, Gary Perkins, President Terry Carr. Back -- Dan Gamble, Dan Robbins, Randy Frakes.

Manila Lions Club reached a milestone celebrating 85 years of giving back to the community. The Manila Lions Club was chartered in December 1929.

International President Joe Preston sent a letter of congratulations to the club which was delivered by Bill Levins, vice district governor for District 7, and past district governor Pat Snodgrass, who visited with the Manila Club on Wednesday, April 8.

Reaching the 85 year birthday makes Manila Lions Club one of five in the country consecutively meeting for that many years.

The letter from Preston praised the club. "Your compassion and dedication to reaching out to others is what has kept Lions Clubs International a global leader in service for nearly a century."

The Manila Lions Club was chartered by concerned community citizens who wanted to make a difference in their community.

The Manila Lions have long been part of the community. Through the years numerous children have been provided glasses through the Lions Club. At one time, one in every five pair of glasses children in Manila received was through the Lions Club. The Lions have been responsible for community project improvements, scholarships to Manila seniors, and contributing to the Little Rock School for the Blind.

The Lions Club has continually delivered Christmas baskets. They raise funds, hold a pancake supper each year, and deliver approximately 100 baskets a year which adds up to a lot of baskets over 85 years.

Each year the Club sponsors the annual Big Lake Chili Cook-off, a tradition throughout the area.

The Lions agree it is rewarding to help others.

Through the years several members have reached the 50 plus year membership. Several second generation fathers and sons have served as president.

Lion Terry Carr presently serves as president.

The Lions meet very Wednesday at noon at the school.

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