The Midway Lions Club celebrated its 15th year and honored seven original members March 24 at Irish Eyes in Lewes.
The Midway Lions Club was formed by Jim Burdette at the request of District Gov. Ted Reiver in 1999. It was sponsored by the Dewey Beach Lions Club, which helped the club financially by donating several thousand dollars to purchase supplies, the American flag, club banner and other necessities.
Original members still active in the club are Lions Rosemary Burdette, Jack and Nancy Crystle, Bill Dannaker, John Eaton, Virginia Finnell and Jean Ruggiano. In addition, three original members keep a close association with the club: Lions Lorraine Krauss, John Moses and John Lucid.
After introductions by King Lion Fernando Rios, all attendees enjoyed a great lunch and desert.
The program began with Eaton giving a very interesting and at times humorous history of the club, starting with the inception and the formation; this was enjoyed by members old and new.
District Gov. Mary Lee Phillips was able to attend and join in the festivities. Phillips gave out awards to the original charter members and also awards for various achievements.
Last year, with a membership of approximately 50, the Midway Lions were able to support at least 22 different charities financially and individuals with needed items such as glasses, hearing aids and handicap ramps. For the last 13 years, the Midway Lions have had a snow bowl party for Sussex County Consortium schools, with the children bowling three games and enjoying pizza, cookies and soft drinks.
Those interested in enjoying the next 15 years should call Mary Jo DeVries at 302-645-2585.