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               CLUB HISTORY
 
         A warm welcome to you!
 
Our club was founded in August 1946 and chartered by Lions International on September 24, 1946.
 
The original members numbered 35 with Burke I. Burke as the first president.
 
Dr. Walter Briggs, a veterinarian, was one of our founders and a Lion to his core. Much could be written about his service to the club; Dr. Briggs was responsible for attracting many new members and was very active until his death.
 
Some also might recall that in 1964 a traveling circus lost its home. Our Lions Club, especially Lion Norm Yossie, helped the circus by sponsoring the event located in the employee parking lot at Fisher Price. Because of our club’s support the circus had a show each year for 4 – 5 years on Saturday & Sunday with our community’s response of 300 to 500 people per show.
 
In 1972, a massive flood struck Western New York's Southern Tier, especially hard hit was Portville. The East Aurora Lions Club helped rebuild half the homes in Portville by securing materials and tradespeople. The project took over a year with our Lions working daily and on weekends. In 1972-73, our club receieved a Lions International Outstanding Club award for our efforts on behalf of the Portville community. 
 
Because of our involvement, the East Aurora Lions Club was the sponsor for the formation of the Portville Lions Club that began in 1973-74 and continues to this day.
 
In 1972-73, our club initiated the “New Eyes for Needy” eyeglass collection program.  Lion Al Dorsey was the first to head this program for our club. The program continues to distribute thousands of used eyeglasses to the needy in third World countries.
 
Lion Al Dorsey was also a leader in the Crop Walk for the Hungry. He raised a great deal of money during the walk selling sponsorships. Lion Al championed this cause for many years. 
 
In 1978-79, we published our first East Aurora Phone Directory, which President Lion Al Andrews, a retired Buffalo policeman, spearheaded. 
 
On June 7, 1999, the East Aurora Lions Club and the Wainfleet Lions Club (Canada) started a twinning relationship under the hard work of Lion Phil Silliman. Twice a year, we visit each other’s club for mutual support and fellowship.
 
The East Aurora Lions Club was a contributor to the building of our Aurora Senior Center. The center honors our club, on a plaque as you enter the building, as one of the four major contributors responsible for its presence in the village of East Aurora. The center’s library is named in our honor.
 
Also on our banner are two names at the bottom. Russell Corser, 1961-62, who was principal of Iroquois High School and Floyd Silliman, 1996-97. Both these East Aurora Lions honored our club by serving as district governors for the years mentioned.
 
There's more history I have not mentioned because of time but be it known the East Aurora Lions Club has been for 60 years, is, and will be, a presence of service in our community for many years to come.
 
-Submitted by Lion Paul Waggoner, November 2006, on the occasion of the Lions Sixtieth Anniversary
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