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Genoa Lions keep busy

Published: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

August was full of activities for the Genoa Lions Club.

Jerry Helland and Mike Ross were inducted into the club on Aug. 21. President Jeff Baker conducted the ceremony and Lion Gene Bradford sponsored both men, who are both retired and committed to making Genoa a great place to live.

Pioneer Day at the Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Museum was Aug. 25. The day included a train robbery re-enactment, Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln actors, butter churning, rope twisting, hair curling and other historical activities. The one-day extravaganza was a big success again this year.

The Genoa Lions grilled pork chops, bratwurst and hot dogs and sold them between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Special thanks to Gene Bradford for securing the sweet corn donation and Lions Joe Wilkinson and Todd Merritt for co-chairing this fundraiser. More than 20 of the 34 active members helped in some way.

The Genoa Lions were saddened to lose Lion Willard Dobbeck on Aug. 17. He was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Award and a member of the Genoa Lions since January 1957. He rarely missed a dinner meeting and still volunteered this year at the Lake Shabbona Fishing Derby on July 18, despite the 95 degree temperature. His commitment to the club will not be forgotten.

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