Special to the Times Vedette

The Guthrie Center Lions Club, commemorating its 100th anniversary in 2024, announces its Centennial Celebration and Dinner scheduled for June 10 at the Guthrie County Events Center, situated at the Guthrie County Fairgrounds. Tickets for this event are available for $25 per person and can be purchased at Guthrie County State Bank (Guthrie Center branch), Peoples Bank, or from any Lions Club member.

The purposes of the celebration are to honor a century of dedicated service to the Guthrie Center community and to raise funds crucial for the construction of the new kitchen facility at the Little Charger Early Learning Center.

Quality day care is critically important to the future of Guthrie Center. Attracting and retaining young families in and around Guthrie Center is a pivotal step for the future of the Guthrie Center area. The goal of the Little Charger Early Learning Center is to create an asset that will aide local employers in attracting and retaining employees, create a stable workforce, drive community growth, and reverse a three-year trend of enrollment decline in the school district.

The cost of the kitchen is estimated to be $45,000, and the Lions Club has set a goal of raising $50,000 for this project. An anonymous donor has already gifted the Lions Club $10,000 toward this goal, and the Guthrie Center Lions club has matched that donation with $11,000. The Lions Club would like to challenge the Guthrie Center community (individuals, families, businesses and civic groups) to match this $21,000 committed.

Donations can be large or small and can be given at the Guthrie County State Bank in care of the Guthrie Center Lions Club, or mailed to Guthrie Center Lions Club, c/o GCSB, P.O. Box 8, Guthrie Center, IA 50115. Write “100thanniversary donation” in the memo line or supply a note with the donation. The Lions Club is a 501(c)3 organization. Receipts will be issued for donations $250 or more. Check with your accountant or attorney for information regarding the deductibility of your donation.

Lions Club members: 

  • Kelly Bast
  • Dale Behrends
  • Mark Benton
  • Larry Brandt
  • Kristen Crouthamel
  • Dennis Flanery
  • Diane Flanery
  • Joe Hanner
  • Ed Haver
  • George Hemmen
  • Darwin Hughes
  • George Hunt
  • Kris Langgaard
  • Melissa Loest
  • Barry Monaghan
  • Shannon Neff-Muell
  • Cozy Nelsen
  • Shawna Nelson
  • Jennifer Policky
  • Wes Policky
  • Josh Rasmussen
  • Gary Rees
  • Eric Reinhart
  • Rex Schoonover
  • Dwayne Seeck
  • Bill Sheeder
  • Ben Smith
  • Steve Smith
  • Craig Twigg
  • Mike Underwood
  • Roger Underwood
  • Ed Wright