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Osage Lions are 'heroes' to those who know them

The Osage Lions Club celebrated its 25th anniversary by sharing memories, along with an evening of dining and entertainment Monday night.

The club was formed Nov. 15, 1983, with the Park Rapids Lions Club as its sponsor, according to a brief history by club historian Edie Branstrom. The first president was Otto Kamrud.

Past District Governor and New York Mills Lions member Bert Nelson spoke about heroes at Monday night's event.

"You, the Osage Lions, are heroes," he told the crowd.

He said "H" stands for heart, "E" stands for experience, "R" stands for role model, "O" stands for opportunity, "E" stands for excitement and "S" stands for service. The Osage Lions possess all these characteristics, he said.

Nelson outlined several examples of projects over the last 25 years that the Osage Lions Club was instrumental in. The group has built many shelters and raised a lot of money for schools, he said.

"Not a lot of clubs get to 25 years," Nelson said.

Other projects the club has been involved with over the years include the annual Walt Winskowski Fishing Tournament and erecting public restrooms at a rest stop.

Fundraisers are numerous and include selling ripened Colorado peaches. Starting with 150 boxes 15 years ago, the club now sells 1,200 each year.

Osage Lions Club president Jerry Gorden said he is excited to have new members join the club and see what the next 25 years have in store.

District Governor Peter VanErp was at the celebration and handed out several awards for years of service, as well as Helen Keller sight awards and a Melvin Jones Fellow award.

The Pine Avenue Quartet provided musical entertainment during the evening.