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Fulda Lionís Club to celebrate 50 years

February 20, 2013

By Norma Dittman
The Fulda Lionís Club cordially invites you to join them for their 50th Anniversary Celebration. They will celebrate fifty years of service to the Fulda community on Saturday March 9th, with a 5 p.m. Social Hour, a 6 p.m. Buffet Dinner, and 7 to 10 p.m. entertainment by the Fulda Area Big Band. Reservations are required for the catered meal. The cost is $20.00. Please RSVP to Marv Isder at 507-360-2675 or email at by Saturday, February 23rd.

There is an entry fee of $5.00 for those who come to enjoy the music of the Fulda Big Band. All proceeds will go to reading programs in Fulda.

The public is cordially invited to attend this celebration. Fulda Lionís Club members stress that this celebration is not only for Lionís members, but for the entire community of Fulda.

Mark March 9th on your calendar and save the date to celebrate with the Fulda Lionís Club!

On January 24, 1963, 21 members signed their name to the Charter that instituted the Fulda Area Lions Club. The names listed on the Charter are Alex Fisher, Frank Osborne, Harry Sanborn, Lloyd Christopherson, George Johnson, Rex Simmons, Alven Goins, Walt Roti, Albert Speckmeier, Thomas Webb, Oscar Pederson, Clifford Mansmith, George Estrem, Vernon Kirk, Kenneth Roberts, John Hyslop, Harold Nelson, Clem Smith, George Highum, E.O. Reusse, and A.H. Bodelson.

It was on March 4th, 1963 that the Fulda Lions Club celebrated the receipt of their Charter with an evening banquet and a business meeting held at First Presbyterian Church in Fulda. Lions from Worthington, Luverne, Pipestone, Marshall, Lamberton, Hopkins, Robbinsdale, and Cottonwood joined in the celebration.

The Fulda Lions Club held their first meeting on March 18, 1963. Al Busse, Slayton, Minnesota, who was a former public relations director and professor of speech at New York University was the Lionís guest speaker. He spoke on the American Free Enterprise System.

In April, the Lions Club instituted plans to be a part of the International Lions Eye Glass Drive. This is a project that is continued yet today by the Fulda Lionís Club. Eyeglasses in any condition were solicited from the public and then redistributed to the needy of India and South America.

At the April meeting, the members of the newly formed Fulda Lionís Club also brainstormed to determine what some of the needs were within the Fulda community. During their first year of service, the Fulda Lionís sponsored the Fulda Boy Scouts and built new table tops for the picnic tables in Fulda City Park. They also sponsored a Minnesota Twins Baseball banquet where Twins Rookie of the Year, Jim Hall, was the featured speaker.

Another community service that they were part of was joining with the Minnesota State Medical Association in November of 1963 to sponsor a vision and hearing screening for all four year old children in the area.

Fulda Lionís Club officers in 1963 were president Peter Lindquist, 1st vice president Harold Nelson, 2nd vice president Alex Fisher, 3rd vice president Clifford Mansmith; secretary and treasurer Tom Webb; Lion Tamer E. O. Reusse; and Tail Twister George Estrem. Directors were Walt Roti, Clem Smith, Vern Kirk and J. Frank Osborne.

This is the first of three articles that will be published in the Fulda Free Press regarding the Fulda Lionís Club 50 years of service to the Fulda Community. Watch for more information in the February 27th and March 6th editions.

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