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Breckenridge Lions Club to celebrate centennial with reception on Friday

Breckenridge Lions Club to celebrate centennial with reception on Friday
April 25
12:46 2021

The Breckenridge Lions Club will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a come-and-go reception on Friday, April 30.

The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bethany Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall, 1911 W. Walker St. The local organization, which meets at noon on Fridays at L&L Family Restaurant, is a member of the Lions Clubs International, a worldwide service organization.

The Breckenridge Lions Club was established in 1921, just four years after the international organization was started. The local chapter was organized on April 14, 1921, by G.L. Cunningham, a special representative of the Association of Lions Clubs, according to the history book “Stephens County: Much to be Cherished.” The club charter was dated May 2, 1921, and there were 25 initial members.

The first president was J.L. Goggan, who served for two years. Beginning in 1923, the presidents served six-month terms. In 1949, the club decided to have one-year terms,

Through the years, the Breckenridge Lions Club has raised funds for a variety of community projects and causes, including drought relief, the purchase of band instruments and uniforms for high school students, sidewalks at the high school, playground equipment, camp sponsorships, eyeglasses and other items. Additionally, the organization has sponsored activities and groups, such as baseball, basketball and, recently, cornhole tournaments; youth organizations; blood drives; and other events.

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