2008-12-03 / News

Lions Club Celebrates 50 Years

Past and present Lions Club members at the 50th anniversary party. Front row, from left: Kenny Cowell, Mike Short, Dean Kinsman, Randy Volkman, Ron Lantz, Lonnie Short, Bob DeVries, Jim Ziegler, Cal Short, charter member. Second row: Brad Short; Jerry Rohrs; Marv Nafziger; Harold Plassman; Richard Riegsecker; Dale Pape, charter member; Karlin Wyse; John Poulson; George Jelen. Back row: Joe Short; Carrol Wolf; Elden Badenhop; Don "Pete" Nofziger, charter member; Bill Rupp, Les Gericke, John Emch, Jack Spotts, A.J. Genter.-  courtesy photo     Past and present Lions Club members at the 50th anniversary party. Front row, from left: Kenny Cowell, Mike Short, Dean Kinsman, Randy Volkman, Ron Lantz, Lonnie Short, Bob DeVries, Jim Ziegler, Cal Short, charter member. Second row: Brad Short; Jerry Rohrs; Marv Nafziger; Harold Plassman; Richard Riegsecker; Dale Pape, charter member; Karlin Wyse; John Poulson; George Jelen. Back row: Joe Short; Carrol Wolf; Elden Badenhop; Don "Pete" Nofziger, charter member; Bill Rupp, Les Gericke, John Emch, Jack Spotts, A.J. Genter.- courtesy photo Past and present members of the Archbold Lions Club celebrated the 50th anniversary of the service club, Saturday, Nov. 8.

Seventy current and previous members and guests attended a dinner and program in the Ruihley Park Pavilion.

Joe Short, club member, presented current information on the club and past activities. He read the names of the 22 char- ter members. Included were Don "Pete" Nofziger, who, Short said," has been in more Lions Club projects and part of more meetings than any other Archbold Lion."

Don "Pete" Nofziger receives his 50-year chevron from Mike Short, Lions Club president. Nofziger is the only active charter member of the Archbold Lions Club.-  courtesy     photo Don "Pete" Nofziger receives his 50-year chevron from Mike Short, Lions Club president. Nofziger is the only active charter member of the Archbold Lions Club.- courtesy photo Nofziger is the only current member of the club who is a charter member. He received a 50-year Chevron award, and is the only local member to receive the prestigious Lions Club International award.

Short received an achievement award from Jerry Smith, Wauseon, a past Lions district governor.

Cal Short, also a charter member, spoke about why the club was started. He also explained many of the projects completed by the club.

Film of a Lions Club "Spring Review in the Fall," a 1970s fund-raiser, was viewed. The comedy show, presented in the old high school gym, raised money for club projects.

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