Everyday Heroes

Here's to the everyday heroes,
The volunteers who do what they can,
To ease the suffering of others,
And be of service to their fellow man.

May they know the true satisfaction
That comes from helping others
Less fortunate than themselves,
But no less their sisters and brothers.

May they feel the gratitude in our hearts
For all of the good that they've done.
The appreciation that we all feel for them
Is truly second to none.




Lion Sue Thompson (a Melvin Jones Fellow) was born in Mangum, Oklahoma on October 1, 1947.  She is the proud mother of two sons.  After she was married and with a six month old son, she and her family moved to Oklahoma City in 1967.  She went to work so that she could earn enough money to purchase a washer and dryer. She began working in a small insurance agency near her home and has been in the insurance business ever since.  She dropped out of college in 1966 but was able to go back to college and graduated with her Bachelors Degree from Mid America Bible College in 2000. When she moved back to Southwest Oklahoma she bought into an Altus insurance business and was the owner for 12 years.  She has been the Oklahoma State Director of the national Association of Insurance Women.

Sue joined the Altus Lions Club in 2004 and has already held positions as vice president and 2008-2009 President.  She has served on many local committees and has participated in most all club activities.  She says that as a business owner she wanted to become active in the community so she looked all the organizations and the Sight projects with the Lions impressed her due to her love of reading.


Lion Dianna Thompson (a Melvin Jones Fellow) was born in a little 'obscure' community know as Sugden, Oklahoma on May 5, 1947.  She is married to Buddy Thompson who is a retired farmer inEldorado. THey have 2 sons and 1 daughter, 7 grandchildren, and 2 great grandsons.    

She spent 11 years as a nursing home administrator and during that time also completed her Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Mid America Bible College in 2001. After retiring from the nursing home industry, she went to work for Southwest Technology Center where she was the Business & Industry Director and is now retired .

Dianna spent all of her early married years raising her family, helping out on the family farm and working in numerous community activities.  She was active in Eldorado Lions Club; Extension Homemakers' Club; Young Homemakers of America; Red Cross Blood Drive Chairman for 15 years; substitute teacher for 17 years; 4-Leader; Jackson County Fair Superintendent and Judge; children's Sunday School and VBS Director for over 40 years, and church organist for over 40 years. She joined Altus Lions in 2004.


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Lion John King (a Melvin Jones Fellow)




Lion Johnnie Flowers (a Melving Jones Fellow)


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