Edmond Evening Lions Club turns 50

Warren Smith has seen a lot of people and programs come and go during his years of membership in the Edmond Evening Lions Club. The club is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: March 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm •  Published: March 14, 2013

Smith didn't have any problems making the decision to become a Lions Club member.

He was at a downtown drugstore when a friend he knew from his native Ellis County asked him if he was interested.

“It looked like a good thing to do — people helping people,” Smith said. “We serve and we do a lot of things in the community.”

Local members are active with the Oklahoma Lions Eye Bank, the eyeglass program and Boy's Ranch Town in Edmond.

When they were married eight years ago, Burchie Smith said, her new husband kept “dragging” her to club meetings until she broke down and joined the club. She serves as secretary.

The Smiths met while playing volleyball on a senior league after their spouses died. Their relationship began when they went to a church Valentine's party together.

“She is a joiner,” Warren Smith said. “She is a worker, always busy.”


by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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