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Easton Lions Club History Logo, since 1931.

Club History: Early Club Memories from Avery Lee Williams

I was 45 years old in September of 1979 when I joined the Easton Lions Club. I just finished 40 years of membership. Only Charlie Hammond and Jerry Deneault are longer term members than I. I had been asked to join our club many times before, but the timing was just not right for me. I simply went to Lou …

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Easton Lions Club History Logo, since 1931.

Easton Lions 1950-2015

Born in the Great Depression and forged by the challenges of World War II, the Easton Lions Club entered the Post-War era with seventy-two members in a town of just over 6,000. Over the next sixty years while the membership ebbed and flowed, the needs of the community would only grow. In 1951 you could still get a fried chicken dinner for under a dollar at Topsy’s Chicken Coop, one of the many restaurants where the Lions have met over the years. In that year the Lions hosted an Annual Child Welfare Night benefit. The club called in the assistance of the Brockton DeMolay and Rainbows to produce a musical featuring familiar tunes like…

Hellen Keller and Melvin Jones honors at Lion's Meet

Club History: What Makes the Easton Lions Club Great

By Marion Wingfield, Librarian & Development Manger at Ames Free Public Library Feb 10, 2017 Full confession:  I write as a relatively recent member of the Easton Lions Club, where I serve as a liaison between it and the Ames Free Library.  I can in no way be held to standards of objectivity because I have none.  I am an …

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The Early Years 1931-1945

By Ed Hands, Historian Sep 28, 2016 In 1917 America was just beginning its involvement in World War I, but a 38 year old Chicago businessman named Melvin Jones was thinking about more than the war when he challenged his local business group to “reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world.” Jones and …

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Club History: Easton Lions Serving a Changing World

By Duke Duhamel, Historian September 2001, revised 2011 It has been over 80 years since Bill Fenwick, Easton Lions first “King Lion”, shared his vision with 20 other service-minded men of Easton.  That vision was a dream of humanitarianism that is kept alive today by more than 150 women and men – The Easton Lions are the largest Lions Club …

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