Norborne Lions Club
The Norborne Lions Club was chartered in 1955 with 15 members under the auspices of Lions International. The first club president was Milton Heil, former President of Citizens Bank of Norborne. Currently the club is recognized as Missouri’s District 26M4. The club currently has 28 members, with the following principal officers:
Stanley Kruse, President
Daniel Carpenter, Secretary
Billy Campbell, Treasurer
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Over the past 65 years the club has performed numerous community services and projects including:
Maintenance and operation of the Norborne Community Center
High School Scholarship Program
Sponsor of the Norborne Soybean Festival
American Flags purchased for downtown & Second St., put up and taken down each holiday or event.
Downtown Flagpole and flags
Numerous downtown sidewalk construction projects
City street signs located at each intersection.
City Christmas lights & ornaments
Eye care and glasses for local less-fortunate children of school age.
Numerous school district projects and equipment upgrades.
Participation in numerous city projects
Boys State sponsorship
Annual 4th of July Fireworks contribution
Our local club also helps sponsor several Lions International and Missouri Lions projects including:
Saving Sight – Organization collects transplantable eye tissue from donor eyes through-out Missouri. Collects used eyeglasses for donation to developing countries.
Leader Dog – Organization obtains and trains seeing-eye dogs for the blind, free of charge to the recipient.
LCIF – Lions Club International Foundation – Organization helps with large disaster relief projects world-wide. The Norborne area received such a grant after the flood event of 1993.
Mid-South Lions – Organization conducts free or lower cost medical services for Sight & Hearing loss procedures.
Norborne Lions Club funds these numerous projects, along with the maintenance and operation of the Norborne Community Center with their annual Soybean Patch during the Soybean Festival held the first full weekend of August. The “Patch” includes food, drink, and entertainment each day and night during the festival. All funds raised during the annual Soybean Festival stay in our local community. The club also has a Soup & Chili Lunch, Sausage and Pancake Breakfast and an occasional fish fry to fund International and State organization donations.