Recently the Archbold Lions Club had two members honored for their years of service. District 13B Governor, Steve Cochie, awarded 45-year member pins to Jerry Rohrs and Karlin Wyse.
Rohrs and Wyse have assisted with and taken the lead on many projects.
When asked about the club highlights over the years they recalled the mission statement, We Serve, and a main Lions activity across the world, Vision. The Archbold Club has provided over 200 eye exams and glasses for needy children in the community and sent literally bushels of used glasses to needy people overseas. The International Lions service areas also include diabetes, environment, hunger relief, and pediatric cancer.
Over their years of membership, the club has has had many accomplishments, from building sidewalks and fences to constructing six shelter houses in the parks to sponsoring the community birthday calendar.
The club has awarded college scholarships for over 20 years, have sponsored the Boy Scouts since 1958, and have worked the Fulton County Fair gates for years.
The most visible activity was the Carp Festival. It ran for more than 30 years and was a good way to bring people in the community together for an evening of fun. It was also a good fundraiser for the club.
At one point, probably back in the 1980s, the club had more than 70 members. Coats and ties were worn to meetings and the atmosphere was more formal. Now only about half that size, the membership wears jeans and polo shirts, but still tries to help people in the community.
Rohrs and Wyse have also been named Archbold Citizens of the Year.