Lions club celebrates 60th anniversary |

Lions club celebrates 60th anniversary

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Mike Shaughnessy and Vince Vinnela present Rose Cook a plaque in honor of her late husband Tom Cook.
Special to The R-C |

The Carson Valley Lions Club and the Lake Tahoe South Shore Lions Club celebrated their 60th anniversaries Aug. 3 at the Carson Valley Inn.

The keynote speaker was past international director, Vince Vinnella, who quizzed attendees on events and facts from 1953 (US dollar valued at 52 cents, 3D movies and stereophonic sound was introduced, and Col. Yeager flew at 1,600 mph.). Entertainment was directed by Lion Dave Thomas, and his play included a time warp trip through the Minden roundabout by former Lions founder Melvin Jones from 1917.

A 1993 reenactment film of Helen Keller’s 1925 speech was shown in which she asked Lions Club to be knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness. Diabetes and measles are the leading cause of blindness in the world.

Thomas Deputy, treasurer of the South Shore Lions Club, said that they have a new eyes for the needy program, and can send people to San Francisco for treatment, if necessary.

Past members discussed how Lions are involved in many community events, including displaying flags at local businesses, donating to the food closet and Austin House, giving eyeglasses and exams, and sending kids with diabetes to camp.

Carson Valley Lions Club lost three members this year: Tom Cook, Jack Flannery, and Jim Kneeland. Rose Cook was awarded a plaque, and certificate of appreciation for Tom, noting that there would also be a Thomas F. Cook Fellow Award for the annual student speaker contest. Jim Kneeland was acknowledged with a certificate also, and it was noted that Flannery and Cook were veterans of the Marine Corps, and Kneeland was a U.S. Navy veteran.

A certificate of appreciation and much applause was given to Carson Valley Lion Ed Block, a charter member from 1953.

“Special thanks go to all the Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe Lions who participated and planned, especially Treasurer Ron Santi, Past President Jeff Stephenson and his tail twister wife Nancy, Director Tom Cheney, Lion Tamer John Stephens, and current Carson Valley President Gareth Craner,” organizers said.

Carson Valley Lions Club meets 6-7 p.m. the first three Wednesdays of the month at Sharkey’s Casino. New members are welcome.

For information call Ron Santi at 315-2354.