Payson Lions Club celebrates ninety years of community service
“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).
Central- Southern Utah Governor Beverly Thomas and Payson Lions Club President Rhett Huff at Peteetneet Cultural Arts Center.