Local Lions Club celebrates 75 years

Published 1:00 pm Wednesday, December 7, 2016

An organization in Jessamine County celebrated 75 years of serving the county and helping residents to see more clearly.

The Lions Club gathered at Sonny’s BBQ in Nicholasville to host a banquet in honor of their 75th year.

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The Lions Club is a non-profit organization best known for its role in helping communities through service and fundraisers. Current president of the Lions Club in Jessamine County, Margo Marquette said the club’s priority is vision. They help provide residents with eyeglasses and vision screenings.

“We’re called the knights of the blind,” she said.

The Lions Club in Jessamine County hosts fundraisers and events every year including the Hoof-A-Nanny — an annual horse show put on by the Lions Club and the Jessamine County Saddle Club, as well as car shows and circuses.

Members such as Albert McKinney, who has been president three times during his 32-year membership, Gerald Wade, who has been a member for 45 years and Marquette who has been president for two years said they joined the club because they enjoy helping others.

“It’s neat to see how many people will volunteer and help out,” she said. “It’s an incredible club to be a part of.”