2017-01-26 / Front Page

Lions Club celebrates 75 years


Thirty-Second District State Senator Ken Horn presents current club president Kristen Schively with a certificate from the State of Michigan. Schively, in addition to her role in the club, raises leader dogs for the visually impaired. Thirty-Second District State Senator Ken Horn presents current club president Kristen Schively with a certificate from the State of Michigan. Schively, in addition to her role in the club, raises leader dogs for the visually impaired. FLUSHING - The Flushing Lion Club celebrated their seventy-fifth anniversary at the Flushing Valley Golf Club Sunday, with a ceremony that including a dinner, recognition of select members and Great Lakes shipwreck expert David Trotter.

Present for the afternoon was State Senator Ken Horn and County Commissioner John Gleason; the former presenting a certificate on behalf of the State of Michigan to Club President Kristen Schively. Peggy Yats, the club’s first woman president in 2012, is set to take over the role again after Schively steps down this year.

Before Trotter’s presentation, the club made note of its oldest member – Don Erikson, a 95 year-old and Flushing Lions Club member since the late 1960s. Another guest, Marshall Knight, is the club’s longest-lasting member. He joined in 1962, 20 years after a Lions Club was officially established in Flushing, and served as president in 1969.


Don Erikson is asked to stand at the beginning of the ceremony as the Flushing Lions Club’s oldest member. Erikson joined in 1952 – only three years before Marshall Knight, its longest existing member. Don Erikson is asked to stand at the beginning of the ceremony as the Flushing Lions Club’s oldest member. Erikson joined in 1952 – only three years before Marshall Knight, its longest existing member. “I worked on every project this club has had until about two years ago,” said Knight.

The ceremony closed with Trotter’s program, where he screened underwater footage of his crew’s two latest discoveries, Motezuma and Venus, thought to be lost since the 1800s in the waters of Lake Huron. Trotter, in his 70s, quit diving after 40 years for fear of permanent injury, but his team has been responsible for over 90 shipwreck discoveries.

The seventy-fifth anniversary of Flushing’s club falls on the same year as the one-hundredth anniversary of the International Lions Club, and the event served as a dual celebration.

The Flushing Lions Club meets at the Liberty Family Diner, located at 6277 W. Pierson Rd. Flushing, and meeting are the first and third Tuesday of each month.

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