Lafayette Area Lions Club celebrates 40th anniversary
LAFAYETTE — The 40th anniversary of the Lafayette Area Lions Club was celebrated with a dinner at Hahn’s Dining in Winthrop Tuesday, Sept. 10. In addition to recognizing the club’s first 40 years, longtime members were recognized and District Governor Brian Thies presented a greeting. DG Thies reviewed the happenings of 1979 — when he was a senior in high school at neighboring Gaylord.
Proceeds from tail twisting and an additional donation were presented to the DG Thies to be donated to the Childhood Cancer Foundation Fund.
In addition to the district governor and his wife Rose, Lions members from Gibbon, Winthrop, Nicollet, Courtland, Henderson, and Green Isle joined the fun.
Six charter members of the Lafayette Bernadotte Lions have reached 40 years of membership. Five were present at the dinner (see photo). A moment of silence was observed for the four charter members have passed away since the club celebrated its 35th anniversary. They are Howard Hoffmann, Tom Hoffmann, C.F. Maidl, and Earl Wise.
Historical photos in a slide show, as well as club scrapbooks dating back 20 years, were available for viewing during a social hour before the dinner and program.
The Lafayette-Bernadotte Lions Club was chartered with 57 members May 5, 1979. The club name was officially changed to Lafayette Area Lions on July 22, 1986. Current membership is 54, with the club setting a goal of gaining 10 new members in 2020.