The Lions Club is an international club with chapters that span the globe. Members work toward community betterment and the success of children. Helping the blind is a large part of what the international Lions organization does.
The different chapters go all the way down to rural, community-level organizations. The Osceola Lions Club was charted in 1941, and was sponsored by the Murray Lions Club. In the beginning, this organization was for men only. Twenty-eight years ago the Osceola Lions Club became co-ed and Marge Wambold was the first woman to join.
Today, Wambold holds the position of secretary of the Osceola Lions Club. On Feb. 20, Wambold was the recipient of the Warren Coleman Honorary Award. This award is the highest honor given by the Iowa Lions Foundation and is in recognition of her deep commitment to the ideals of Lionism, deep concern for the welfare of those in need, as well as her financial commitment to the organization.
Another member of the Osceola Lions Club was given higher status in the organization in February. On Feb. 2, David Gorsline was awarded the title of Melvin Jones Fellow. The Melvin Jones Fellowship is named for the founder of the Lions Club International, Melvin Jones, and represents Gorsline’s dedication to humanitarian service to the highest degree. Members in the Fellowship help bring medication to prevent river blindness and teach children to avoid drugs through Lions Quest.
At a local level, the Osceola Lions Club contributes to shelter buildings at East Lake Park, the Fourth of July festivities, Boy Scouts of America, the Senior Center and Youth Rodeo.
“We want to revitalize our own club,” said Wambold. “We want more members, many of our 25 members are aging out.”
Osceola Lions Club meetings are 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the office building across the street from the hospital.
The membership fee to join for a single person is $30 every six months. For a husband and wife team to join, the fee is $50.25 for both every six months.
To join, or if another community organization needs assistance from the Osceola Lions Club, contact Wambold at 641-342-2634.