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Thursday, April 18, 2013 2:09 PM

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DELPHOS — Wauseon Lions Club member Jerry Smith was a little disappointed with the turnout at the inception meeting to reform the club in Delphos on Wednesday at the Delphos Public Library.

“We usually have a small turnout for the first one; we hope to get more at the second meeting,” Smith said.

The follow-up meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the library.

Smith described the Lions Club mission and objectives to the small gathering:
“Lions Club mission statement, ‘To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation,’ hasn’t changed since Melvin Jones started the club in 1917,” Smith said.

Objectives of the club include sight-related projects like eyeglass recycling, eye banks, eye and health screenings, glasses for school children and SightFirst, which builds hospitals and offers cataract surgeries.

Lions members can be found in 46,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographic locations around the world.

Smith stressed that the club in Delphos can choose it’s own endeavors.

“Club projects are determined by members based on the needs in the community and the interests of members,” he said.

Some projects taken on by local clubs include: Meals on Wheels, school mentoring, Adopt-A-Highway programs and eyeglasses for the needy.

Smith added that all money raised locally, by the Lions Charter, is put back into the community.

The charter/initiation fee to join is $30 for the first year and then each club sets its yearly dues.

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