Lions celebrate Christmas, Perry history at annual banquet

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Celebrating the season at their annual Perry Lions Christmas banquet at the Hotel Pattee were, front row from left, Ray Harden, Margaret Harden, Jolene Neimeyer, Don Strassburg, Harley McGuire, Juda Saemisch and Richard Saemisch; second row from left, Roger Neimeyer, Richard Jones, Becky Shelkler and Jack Shelker; third row from left, Elaine Morris, Diane Jones and Eldon Morris; fourth row from left, Lois Hoger, Robin McCauley and Lou Hoger; back row from left, Gary Becker and Jim McCauley. Photo courtesy Perry Lions Club

The members of the Perry Lions Club and their spouses held their annual Christmas Party this month at the Hotel Pattee.

The hotel served lemon chicken and sliced roast beef for the main entrees of the buffet meal. A tasty, hot cherry crisp was the dessert.

Perry Lions Club President Harley McGuire presented a special award from the Iowa Lions Organization to Lion Richard Saemisch in recognition of Saemisch’s success in signing up new members to the club.

After the meal, local historian Larry Vodenik gave a presentation with many interesting pictures about Perry’s history. Vodenik told about past businesses, school buildings, churches and social clubs that were active in Perry in past years.

A topic of special interest to everyone was the story Vodenik told about the activities of the Klu Klux Klan in Perry and Dallas County.

Ray Harden, Margaret Harden, Jolene Neimeyer, Don Strassburg, Harley McGuire, Juda Saemisch, Richard Saemisch Row 2: Roger Neimeyer, Richard Jones, Becky Shelkler, Jack Shelker Row 3; Elaine Morris, Diane Jones, Eldon Morris Row 4: Lois Hoger, Robin McCauley, Lou Hoger Back row: Gary Becker and Jim McCauley

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