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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

Warren Smith, at age 85, picks up more than 200 discarded pairs of eyeglasses every month in support of one of the Edmond Evening Lions Club's programs.

Smith and his wife, Burchie, spent an entire day this week making three gallons of chili for a Lions Club fundraiser.

Warren has been a member of the club since 1964, one year after the club was chartered. Members are celebrating the club's 50th anniversary.

A charter dinner for the new club was held May 21, 1963, at the Student Union Building at what was then Central State College. The club, with 27 charter members, was sponsored by the Village Lions Club. J. Sam Johnson was the first president, a title Smith also has held.

“It has been enjoyable,” Smith said. “It has been rewarding. Three men are still around that were part of the charter membership. Many have passed on or moved on.”

Smith has seen interest in service clubs dwindle over the years.

The Edmond club has about 30 members. The group is older, with the oldest member 95 years old, said Smith, a former biology professor and department chairman at what is now the University of Central Oklahoma.

“We only have two or three who are under 50,” he said. “People are just not as interested as they were in the past for whatever reason. Younger people are just not as interested. Too many are interested in electronics, unfortunately.”

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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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