Elgin Lions Club celebrates 90 years of service

Elgin Lions Club celebrates 90 years of serviceTo mark the Elgin Lions Club’s 90th anniversary, the club is holding a celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, with a cocktail reception at the Holiday Inn, 495 Airport Road in Elgin.

Many dignitaries from other Lions clubs, the Illinois Lions organization and a past director of Lions International will attend. There will be music, a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.

The cost will be $10 per person. Reservations are requested. Contact Lion Marry Merrell at mmerrell107@att.net.

The Elgin Lions Club was organized Oct. 25, 1921. The first president of the club was Walter Rippberger, who was a local banker. Many prominent Elginites have been Lions Club members over the years. Mayor Erwin Schmidt was a longtime member, and Lyle Zeigler of Ace Hardware was not only a member of the club, but was also the District Governor in 1948-49.

Over its years of existence, the Elgin Lions Club has contributed in many ways to the welfare and culture of the Elgin area. Currently, the local club’s primary mission is to assist members of the community with their eyeglass needs.

The Elgin club is just one of the 46,000 Lions Clubs that make up the 1.35 million members of Lions International, the world’s largest service club organization.

The club is proud of its contributions to the welfare of the people it serves and is looking for new people who share its devotion to service to others.