SIKESTON -- From conducting hearing and vision screenings and assisting area disaster victims to feeding the community with its annual chili day and helping fund local programs, there's not much the Sikeston chapter hasn't done to help the community over nine decades.
"Our main goal is service," said Larry Tetley of Sikeston, who has been a Lion for 20 years and has served as a past district governor for Missouri.
Tuesday officially marks 90 years since 26 civic-minded Sikeston residents became charter members of the Sikeston chapter of the international service organization. By comparison, Hannibal has the oldest Lions Club in Missouri, having been chartered on Aug. 25, 1920.
"I like being involved because of the service we provide and the people involved in the Lions,"said Tetley.
Good leaders and business men were who started the Sikeston chapter, Tetley noted.
"And we have continued our membership with good people and good leaders in our community," he said.
John Harper of Sikeston, who has been a member of the Sikeston Lions Club since the early 1970s, said what he likes best about being a Lion are the friends he's made and the services the club can do for the community.
"It's one service club I thought was doing some of the most active work and some of the best work -- not that they are the best club or there aren't other great clubs -- but they serve my purpose," Harper said of the Lions.
Through the years the club has maintained the same attitude toward the community and nation as it always has, Harper said.
"Sight and hearing issues are our primary interest in the Lions, and we do a lot of good for people by the various programs they have nationally and internationally -- and also locally," Harper said.
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