Guests from throughout Central Missouri joined local residents in a recent observance of the 60th anniversary of the Auxvasse Lions Club.
The observance was Saturday evening at the Auxvasse Christian Church. Guests came from Fulton, Jefferson City, Hurricane Deck, Tipton, House springs, Wellington, Hermann, Versailles, Auxvasse and Vandalia.
David Gilman, a member of the Lions Club, presented the history of the organization during its 60 years.
Lions District Governor Dan Buschmann from Hermann thanked the club for its service to the community and for the club's involvement in district Lions activities. Buschmann said the Auxvasse club is outstanding and is an inspiration to all clubs in the district, which includes 10 Central Missouri counties.
Auxvasse Mayor Kevin Phares also thanked members of the club for their many civic activities and volunteer efforts during the last 60 years.
State Rep. Terry Witte presented the club with a resolution from the Missouri House of Representatives acknowledging the dedication of the club's improvement in the quality of life in the Auxvasse community through service, projects and programs provided by its members.
Leland Kolkmeyer of Wellington, past international director of the Lions Club, was the featured guest speaker. He praised the Auxvasse Lions Club and its service to the community.
Kolkmeyer praised the club for its support of the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation, Leader Dog, Lions World Series for the Blind, Lions Mid-South Sight and Hearing Rehabilitation. and Lions Cubs International Foundation that assists when natural disasters strike.
Kolkmeyer said there are Lions Clubs in 209 nations throughout the world.
Kolkmeyer presented International President Sid Scruggs certificates of appreciation to Lions David Gilman and Betty Knipp.