Manila Lions Club officers installed

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Pictured are, from left: Lion District 7-0 Governor Larry Wilkerson (presided over the ceremony); Lion Wendell Poteet, outgoing president; Lion Terry Carr, treasurer; Lion Randy Frakes, incoming president; Lion Dwight Booth, 1st vice president; Lion Wayne Mills, 2nd vice president; and Lion Danny Robbins, secretary. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Members of the Manila Lions Club held their annual banquet and installation of officers Monday, June 25, at TC's Restaurant. Spouses and members of the Manila Business Women were guests for the evening, along with District 7-0 Governor Lion Larry Wilkerson and his wife, Diana.

“Throughout the year Lion members collect 25 cent fines for different offenses all in good fun,” Lion President Poteet said. “At the banquet each year a drawing is held and the winner receives the money collected.”

For the fourth consecutive year, incoming president Lion Randy Frakes was the winner.

Outgoing Manila Lions President Wendell Poteet gives the gavel, along with his congratulations, to incoming Lion President Randy Frakes.

Lion Poteet introduced District Governor Wilkerson who spoke briefly before the installation ceremony.

“You are part of Lions throughout the world,” District Governor Wilkerson said. “This is the third time I have had the privilege to be in Manila with your club. This club was chartered in 1929. I know you do a lot of good work for your community and it is my pleasure to be here.”

He recognized the officers for their service throughout the year and Danny Robbins for being the longest serving Lion in the club.

Officers installed included Terry Carr, treasurer; Danny Robbins, secretary; Wayne Mills, 2nd vice president; Dwight Booth, 1st vice president; and Randy Frakes, president.

Outgoing president Poteet presented Lion Frakes with congratulations and the gavel.

District Governor also spoke of the Lions who have passed away since last year. A glass rose was presented to family members of Lion Wayne Shedd who had been in the Club since 1972 and Lion Gary Perkins who had been a member since 1993.

Accepting the rose for Lion Shedd was his wife, Linda. She expressed her appreciation to the Lions Club.

Accepting the rose for Lion Perkins was his daughter, Shannon Page.

“My dad said he grew up looking up to the Manila Lions and when he retired from the service and moved home he was proud to be part of the Manila Lions,” Shannon said.

Lion Robbins said when he returned to Manila and joined the Lions Club in 1982 Lion Wayne Shedd was his mentor and when Lion Perkins joined the club he had the honor of being a mentor to him.

“They are two special men and we will miss them,” he said.

“We will never forget our members,” District Governor Wilkerson said. “I'm proud to be a Lion.”

He encouraged the Manila Club to keep up the good work.

“My tour as District Governor will end this month but I will still be around if you ever need me,” he said.

Newly installed President Lion Frakes expressed his appreciation to the Lions Club and closed the meeting.

The Manila Lions Club meets every Wednesday at noon.

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