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Two clubs are better than one


Jack Clark (left ) presents door prize to Art Probst (right)

Jack Clark (left ) presents door prize to Art Probst (right)

By Nancy Noreen

The Rotary and Lions Clubs of Cedar Springs met together for their annual picnic Wednesday evening, August 20.

During the get-together, Rotary President Carolyn Davis asked Jack Clark, the longest sustaining Rotary member, to present the traditional door prize to Art Probst, the longest sustaining Lions member. This custom began in 2006, when the Lions bestowed the Rotarians with an actual door as a “door prize.”  Since 2006 the door prize has passed back and forth between the groups.

N-Rotary-lions2-group-webThis year Dan and Carolyn Davis upgraded the door with photos of some of the good works the Clubs have done in the community as well as informational data about each group. Although the Rotary/Lions picnics are currently centered around eating and talking, that wasn’t always the case.

The joint picnics began shortly after the Lions Club was chartered in 1959. They were held in Morley Park and the highlight of the gathering was the tug-of- war between the Clubs. One year the rope snapped and Lion Ed Hoven ended up with a broken nose, after it was accidentally jabbed by a tumbling teammate. Whether or not a broken rope and busted nose were the cause, the joint picnic moved to Gordon Park with a game of volleyball replacing the tug-of-war.

Lions President Jerry VanderWal shared that Lions does not symbolize wild jungle animal. L-I-O-N-S stands for: “Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation’s Safety,” great watchwords for every citizen.

The Lions and Rotary mottos “We Serve” and “Service Above Self,” aptly describe these two organizations. Cedar Springs is privileged to have active Rotary and Lions Clubs. Their labors benefit the whole community.

 

 

 

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The Post goes to spring training in Lakeland


Woody and Jan Avis and Jerry and Betty VanderWal (holding the Post) in Lakeland, Florida.

Woody and Jan Avis and Jerry and Betty VanderWal (holding the Post) in Lakeland, Florida.

Jerry and Betty VanderWal were vacationing in Lakeland, Florida during February and met up with Woody and Jan Avis, who spend their winters in Bowling Green, Florida. They spent a day watching the Detroit Tigers in spring baseball practice at Marchant Stadium, Lakeland, Florida.

“We enjoyed watching them in a casual atmosphere and also the interaction of a few with us fans,” said Betty. “Before we returned to snow covered Cedar Springs, we attended the baseball game against the Atlanta Braves. Tigers won!”

Thanks so much to Jerry and Betty for taking us with you to Florida!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

 

 

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