Nevada Lions focus on eye care and civic projects

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Name of club: Nevada, Mo., Lions Club

Meeting day, time and location: Noon each Tuesday at the Moore-Few Care Center Community Room

Local club founded: Feb. 20, 1924, in Nevada

Historical point of interest: Club is 88 years old

Current membership: 45 members

Current officers and board:

Past president, Lion Mike Brown; president, Lion JJ Curtis; first vice president, Lion Tom Taylor; second vice president, Lion Betsy Curtis, third vice president, Lion Randy Marti; secretary, Lion Rudy Spann; treasurer, Lion Wayne Reinert; Tail Twister, Lion Leslie Carroll-Bartlett; Lion Tamer, Lion Carmen Williams; One-year board, Lion Jason Hedges and Lion Corey Johnson; Two-year board, Lion Monte Curtis and Lion Bill Platt, and membership director Lion Ron Schowengerdt.

Service projects:

Eye Tissue Bank, Leader Dog, Mid-South Lions, Lions World Services, Lions Clubs International Foundation (Melvin Jones), Diabetes Awareness-local, recycle eyeglasses, eye screening for children

Local projects/donations:

United Way, nursing home donation for Christmas, Nevada Senior Center, Teen Angels Christmas, softball, team sponsor, Chamber of Commerce, support Bushwhacker Days, Lions Band, Lions football, Nevada High School scholarship, purchase children's eyecare, purchase adult eyecare, Youth Fair donation, Vernon County cancer relief, Moore-Few Gift, Community Food Pantry, Youth Fair livestock auction purchase.

Past local major projects:

Helicopter pad at Nevada Regional Medical Center; shelter house at Walton Park; donated $5,000 for an eye laser treatment room at Nevada Regional Medical Center; donated $5,000 with $5,000 matching funds from Lions Clubs International to help build a Habitat for Humanity house; initiated the lighting project along the walking trail at Walton Park; the building of a permanent concession stand at the Centennial Park/Fairgrounds; and contributed proceeds from mint sales to the community fund-raising effort for the Osage Prairie YMCA building.

Main fundraising activities:

Rodeo concessions, Youth Fair concessions, Fall Pancake Breakfast Day, Spring Pancake Breakfast Day, Lions Mint sales.

How to join:

To become a Lion is to become an active volunteer, a member of a respected international organization, a leader in your community and a friend to people in need. Membership is by invitation. So contact us today. Tell a local Lion that you are interested in membership and want to attend a meeting or service project to learn more to see if the Lions Club is a good fit for you. For more information on how to become a Lions Club member get on the Internet, go to, click on Becoming a Lion.

Anything else noteworthy:

Nothing, except looking for a major local project. For more information contact: Secretary Lion Rudy Spann, Cell Phone: 417-549-9958, e-mail

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