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Brilliant Lions aid in Toys for Tots campaign

REMEMBERING — At the Brilliant Lions Club’s recent meeting, Jim Everson shared some memories from a 1950s play bill from Brilliant Memorial High School. -- Contributed

BRILLIANT — The Brilliant Lions Club met recently in the regular meeting room with masks worn and social distancing observed. There were 15 members present.

Butch Ford presided, and Glen Dennis gave the dinner prayer. Ford announced a Zone 7 meeting would be hosted by the Richmond Lions Club on Nov. 16, but it had been canceled.

The club is participating in the Toys for Tots campaign with money given to the U.S. Marines in Canton who will be buying and wrapping toys purchased with money donated and wrapping donated toys as well. “We want every child to have a toy,” noted Sam Bates, chairman of the district Toys for Tots effort.

It was announced that Wells Township plans to sponsor a Christmas parade Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. The Lions will be participating in packing food boxes for Christmas dinners. This will be conducted on Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. A donation was made to the food pantry.

The club’s next meeting will be held Dec. 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Jim Everson showed a play bill from the Brilliant Memorial High School with the names of members of the community who performed in the skits.

It was held March 21-22 at the end of the 1950s, One of the end men was Don Grant, who is still a member of the Lions. Steve Pope was another one. The high school band provided the music, and it was held at the high school. Many of the sponsors for the presentation are no longer in business, Everson noted.

Among them were Friendly’s Grocery, Clyde Dixon Insurance, Don’s Superette, Fred Harmon’s store, Ideal Barber Shop, M&K Food, Millard Gardem amd Gift Shop, O.J. Williams Funeral Home and Ambulance, Singleton’s Service and Yocum’s Sohio Service.

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