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Happy anniversary, Lions.

The Detroit Lakes Lions Club celebrated 50 years last week with a dinner and program, while Mayor Larry Buboltz proclaimed Sept. 6 as Lion's Day.

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Chartered on April 25, 1957, A.T. Holcomb organized the Detroit Lakes Club, with Rev. E.W. Nelson being the first president. Fifty years later, the Lions Club has made history again with the appointment of its first female president, Debbie Haugen.

"It was a good success. There were about 80 people there," she said of the celebration.

Past district governors in attendance included Eldon Bergman, Judy Brasgalla, Marland Dow and John Knight. Past district governor Ray Woods also attended as keynote speaker. Charter member George Maruska spoke that evening on Lionism, and S.L.O.G., or Some Lions on Guitars, provided music.

Besides Lions members, district governors and charter members, those in attendance also included organizations Lions has donated money to in the past.

Haugen said she wishes the club would have thought to have a guest book at the celebration to record everyone in attendance.

Also that evening, long-time member Dale Poffenberger was presented a 40-year award.

The Lions Club is known for its dedication to programs focusing on sight and hearing conservation and youth programs. Locally, some of the club projects have been erecting four picnic shelters in Detroit Lakes, sponsoring Relay for Life, contributing to the Boys and Girls Club, sponsoring Leader Dog Training, and contributing to Grad Bash and Dollars for Scholars.

The club's eye clinic trips to Mexico have grown from one destination to two. Lions International has recognized the local club for the success of its program.

Haugen said future goals for the Lions Club include "more fund-raisers to get more money for the community." The club is also concentrating on the two eye clinic trips it hosts in Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, each year.

One fund-raiser the club is sponsoring is this weekend's third annual Sodbuster Golf Tournament, set for Saturday and Sunday at Fairview Golf Course. There is a $50 donation. Call Jim Hedstrom at 847-9004 for more information or to sign up.

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