Payson Lions Club cel­e­brates ninety years of com­mu­nity ser­vice

Serve Daily - - LIBERTY SHALL BE MAINTAINED - By Steve South­wick

“Ninety Years of Fr iend­ship and Ser­vice” was the theme of Payson Lions Club 90th bir th­day cel­e­bra­tion Thurs­day night, March 13, at Pe­teet­neet Cul­tural Ar ts Cen­ter.

The n ig ht wa s f i l le d wi t h a re­view of Payson Lions Club cont r ibut ions to Payson City, a din­ner cre­ated by Lion’s mem­bers and co­or­di­nated by Sandy Huff, sev­eral awards, and en­ter tain­ment by Beverly Lindst rom.

Lind­strom swooned the crowd by singing bal­lads from the f ifties and six­ties.

Lions Club Pres­i­dent Rhett Huff an­nounced that in the past year, the club has f inanced 27 eye ex­ams and glasses for dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren in the Nebo School Dist r ict.

Zack Voorhees, who most re­cently owned Poor Boy’s BBQ and Dawgs r e s t au r ant , wa s honore d a s the club’s “Cit­i­zen of the Year” for his cont r ibu­tions to the com­mu­nity.

Spe­cial guests in­cluded Beverly Thomas from Ephraim, gover­nor of Distr ict 28T, which in­cludes most of Cen­tral and South­ern Utah, f irst and sec­ond Vice Pres­i­dents Craig Ras­mussen and Mil­ton Tay­lor. Also at­tend­ing were Lions Club mem­bers f rom Pleas­ant Grove and Nephi.

In Thomas’ re­marks , she in­di­cated wi th 1.3 mi l l ion mem­ber s in 205 count r ies and ge­o­graph­i­cal ar­eas, the In­ter­nat ional Lions club is the largest ser­vice or­ga­ni­zat ion in the world. “Mem­ber­ship is in­creas­ing out­side of the United States,” she ex­claimed. “How­ever here in Amer ica all ser­vice clubs are st ruggling for mem­ber­ship. We need to em­pha­size the im­por tance of reach­ing out for new mem­bers”.

She congr at ul a ted the Payson Club for re­ceiv­ing the “Lions Club Ex­cel­lence Award for Re­cruit­ment”.

Rhet t Huf f pre­sented Dale and Glor ia Ba r ne t t , of Pe t e e t n e e t Mu­seum Cul­tural Ar ts Cen­ter a check for $ 140.00 re­ceived in do­na­tions and thanked them for al­low­ing Payson Lions Club to hold meet­ings at the mu­seum.

The Payson Lions Club was or­ga­nized on Jan­uar y 8, 1924. The club has been a very ac­tive par t of the com­mu­nity since it f irst be­gan. Just this past Jan­uary, the club spon­sore d it s fou r th an nua l “A Li t - t le Night Mu­sic” fea­tur ing lo­cal s in­g­ing t alent per form­ing opera and Broad­way mu­sic. The club is also ac­tive in vol­un­teer ing dur ing Payson Onion days in Septem­ber and the Sal­mon Sup­per in Au­gust. Last sum­mer Payson Lions spon­sored “Let the Good Times Roar” at the Pe­teet­neet Am­phithe­ater which brought to­gether lo­cal mu­si­cal talent for an out­door, fam­ily con­cer t.

Payson Hig h Names At h l e t ic Teams ‘ Lions’

Payson his­to­rian Dee Steven­son loves to tell the story about the or igin of the mas­cot name ‘ Lions’ for Payson High School. He says prior to 1928, Payson High School a thl e t ic teams ha d been k nown as “Farm­ers”, Beet Dig­gers” and “Buf­fa­los.”

The name was changed to ‘ Lions’ in 1928 when club mem­bers pre­pared a mid­night ban­quet for the tired, Payson High foot­ball play­ers who had just got ten off the bus af­ter a very long and late night r ide from Moab. The team had lost in the semi- f inal round of the state foot­ball tour­na­ment. Steven­son says since then all Payson High School ath­letic teams have been known as Lions.

I f you’d l ike more in­for­mat ion about the Lions Club or are i nter­ested i n joi n i ng t he ser­vice or­ga­ni­zat ion please cal l Steve South­wick- Mem­ber­ship Chair ( 801822- 1705) or Payson Lions Pres­i­dent Rhett Huff ( 801- 369- 3689).

Steve South­wick

Cen­tral- South­ern Utah Gover­nor Beverly Thomas and Payson Lions Club Pres­i­dent Rhett Huff at Pe­teet­neet Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter.

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