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Lions Club 85 years strong

April E. ClarkGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. On Thursday, March 15, former Glenwood Springs Mayor Don Vanderhoof will relive old memories.Vanderhoof – who served as chairman of several Lions Club state conventions over the years – presents the 85-year history of the service organization in Glenwood Springs.

“It’s about the history of the Lions Club,” Vanderhoof said. “It’s information about how the Lions Club started, the people who have been involved, the different times we’ve had the convention here.”And, according to Vanderhoof, its the people behind the Lions Club that make the story spanning more than eight decades interesting.”We had a number of characters in the club and I’ll talk about those … We had Doc McFadden, Mike Bosco, those are some of the older names,” he said.Lions Club newsletter editor Darrell Stanley joins Vanderhoof in an educational and entertaining look at the group’s Glenwood history. He said the city hosted at least seven state conventions at the Hotel Colorado.”It’s quite a colorful past we have here in Glenwood,” he said. “We had one of the first charters in the U.S. in 1921, and they had a 20-some member band back in the Roaring Twenties. In 1928, there was a lion hunt they sponsored, and our Lions Club had floats in Atlantic City and Chicago.”The Frontier Historical Society and the Friends of the Glenwood Springs Library sponsor the free presentation as part of the annual Winter Lecture Series. Library manager Pat Conway said the Lions Club history should trigger some fond memories – and dialogue – among attendees.”I think what we’re hoping for, it will touch people who have been here when the events happened,” Conway said. “Generally, it sparks some lively discussion with the audience, and it becomes oral history, in a sense.”In February, the series hosted paleohydrologist and author Kenneth Wright, who spoke about his book, “The Water Mysteries of Mesa Verde.” On Thursday, April 19, the series brings actor John Stansfield who portrays naturalist Enos Mills, considered the father of Rocky Mountain National Park. The Chautauqua presentation is made possible through a grant from Colorado Humanities.”It’s history in a palatable format,” Conway said. “It begins to come alive, and that’s particularly true with the Chautauqua performances because they do first person characterization. That is extremely valuable – it enlivens the topic.”Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601aclark@postindependent.com


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