The Perry Lions Club met Monday, Oct. 14, and the membership dined on fillet of salmon over mashed potatoes, prepared by the Hotel Pattee. The salmon was covered with a fennel cream sauce and topped with chopped green onions. A tasty cherry cobbler was served for dessert.
Before the meeting, some members of the club worked up an appetite by meeting at Iowa Highway 141 and F Avenue two miles east of Dawson for the semi-annual roadside litter clean-up. The Lions collected several hundred pounds of trash.
Perry Lions Club President Jim McCauley called the meeting to order and led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and Lion Roger Niemeyer gave the prayer. Eleven members were present and one guest.
The guest speaker for the evening’s program was Perry Parks and Recreation Director John Anderson, a position he has held since 2015. Anderson worked for three years as the Creston Parks and Recreation assistant director before coming to Perry.
Anderson told the club about replacing the chiller and the boilers at the McCreary Community Building. He also described his department’s proactive posture in removing ash trees from the city park and replacing them with the trees from the city nursery that Anderson started in the Brown Field area on the west edge of town.
He said the nursery contains about 1,500 seedling trees, and the city is using these seedlings to replace diseased trees in Perry’ parks.
Anderson said the Pattee Park will soon need to replace the restrooms and shower facilities for the campers and build a storm shelter.
Anderson was presented with a Perry Lion’s Club notebook and a ball point pen in gratitude for his talk.
In other club business, the Lions judged the Peace Posters that were created by the Perry Middle School sixth grade students. The theme for this year’s contest was “Journey For Peace.” The winner of the local contest will advance to the district contest.
Lion Gary Becker was presented the Melvin Jones Award for his many years of service to the Perry Lions Club and the state and national Lions Clubs. Lion Dave Wright received his Melvin Jones Award at the Sept. 23 picnic at Sportsman Park near Dawson.
Lion John Andorf reported on the Kids Sight screening that was done in September. The activity has been completed for now. The children at the New Opportunities preschool were not screened this fall due to scheduling problems. The children will be screened in April.
Lion Harlyn McGuire reported on preparations for the Lions Club breakfast served at the annual BRR Bike Ride.
Lion Richard Saemisch reported on the memorial program for Jim Haas and the Wall of Witness by the Perry Historical Preservation Commission and Hometown Heritage. Saemisch said the Bill Clark, director of Hometown Heritage, thanked the Perry Lions Club for supporting the activity.
Saemisch noted that the Perry Lions was the only civic group mentioned in the Haas program, and he moved that the club donate $500 to Hometown Heritage. The motion carried.
Ray Harden is the secretary of the Perry Lions Club.