In his farewell message as president of the Neosho Lions Club, Ryan Collier spoke about his love and admiration for the club. He told club members and their guests that when his daughter was born, she had problems with one eye. At only six weeks of age, she had the first of many surgeries which were a great help in his daughter's life.

In his farewell message as president of the Neosho Lions Club, Ryan Collier spoke about his love and admiration for the club. He told club members and their guests that when his daughter was born, she had problems with one eye. At only six weeks of age, she had the first of many surgeries which were a great help in his daughter's life.
 Even though at the time, Collier knew about the magnificent eye program that is the core project for all Lions clubs, his family did not receive help from the organization.
But, Collier said, he knows how valuable the service is that Lions provide for children with vision problems, and he fully knows how entire families are helped. That is why he joined the Lions Club.
"We do good work," he said.
In closing, he stated that this past year, the local Lions Club had helped more children than ever with vision problems. He also expects the number will increase next year, and he advised the club to work hard on fundraising so the requests can all be honored.
The Lions Club met Tuesday night for their annual Tail Twister Party to announce the officers for the coming year. They are Charla Geller, president; Carrie Cline, 1st vice-president; Jake Heiston, 2nd vice-president and Shirley Russell, 3rd vice-president. The secretary is Charlotte Ward and co-treasurers are Debbie Werneke and Michael Compton.
Dues collector is Larry Swift, Tailtwisters are Will Cook and Stan Irsik. Eye Glass chairman is Marianne Taylor and Ex-Officio President is Ryan Collier. Board members are Eric Norris, Shirley Russell, Jonathan Russell, Gary Gift, Doug Burch and Paul Jones.
The meeting was held in the newly opened First Community Bank on the Neosho Square. Bank president, Will Cook, gave the group a guided tour of the new bank which uses local history for its theme. Different offices and departments represent the history of Neosho with photographs from the past. Some of the scenes are Camp Crowder, Rocketdyne, the strawberry era, the railroad history, the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, and such photographs as the famous Jersey cow show once held on the Neosho Square.