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By TIM EVANS
Leader General Manager
Three members of the Ogden Lions Club were honored with Chevrons for years of service and dedication to the local civic organization at the November meeting of the group held at the Ogden Fire House.
John Sadler, Bill Gillespie and Ken Brown were all honored for 50, 35 and 25 years of service respectively to the community organization in a presentation made by President Charlotte Brown.
It was also announced the club would give $300 to the Ogden Council of Churches Food Pantry, which is organized through the Ogden Methodist Church. The money was designated to help local residents struggling for the holidays.
It was also announced the Lions donated 147 pair of used eyeglasses, three hearing aids, six ink cartridges and two cell phones they collected as part of a program that benefits the Lions of Illinois Foundation in helping the less fortunate in foreign countries. The collections are made as local residents are asked to drop off specific items they no longer use at the Ogden Post Office, The First National Bank of Ogden, St. Joseph First, Royal Bank and St. Joseph Apothecary.
Peace Poster chairman Ginny Gillespie awarded a first place certificate to Angela Palmer of rural St. Joseph for her work in the local contest.
The Prairieview South Elementary School sixth grade student claimed the first place honor in District 1-E which covers most of east central Illinois.
The poster moves on to state competition. The daughter of Jean and Greg Palmer, she will be awarded a check from the District Lions organization and was given a bag of art supplies to promote her talent by the Lions. The group also awarded a bag of art supplies for her teacher, Teri Patton, which will be used in classes.
The Lions are also selling 2013 calendars as part of a district fundraiser. Owners of calendars will get a chance at a daily drawing held district-wide.
It was also announced the Lions collected over $800 as part of the state-wide Candy Day fundraiser. A total of 60 percent of the funds are given to the Lions of Illinois Foundation for state-wide projects including Camp Lions, a summer camp for youth who are visually or hearing impaired.
Along with the Palmer family, Garrett McKinley and Tim Evans, both from the Leader, were guests at the meeting.
The group decided not to meet in December and planned their next meeting for Jan. 28 at the Ogden Fire House beginning at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group is asked to contact membership chairman Dave Christians or any local Lion.