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One of Mount Prospect’s oldest civic clubs, the Mount Prospect Lions Club, is still one of its most active. Founded in 1934 by 31 local men, the original officers and directors included Dr. A. L. Beck, William Busse Jr., Fred Meeske, Edwin L. Busse, L.E. Hodges, Otto Landeck, Frank Biermann, Rudy Kruse, Herman Meyn, Willard Beer, and Albert Wille. Now 83 years later, it boasts a roster of 78 men and women, one of the largest in the region. At the time of the club’s founding, during the Depression, they met in the basement of the post office which was then located on Main Street in the Busse building. One of the first projects the fledgling club took on was to sponsor a one-day fall festival at which farmers brought in produce for judging. Over the ensuing years, the Lions Club’s charitable work and monetary donations to Mount Prospect causes multiplied via purchasing Defense Bonds to support the WWII effort; purchasing Fred Schaefer’s farm for Lions Memorial Park and donating it to the Village; building a shelter and later adding landscaping and lighting at the park which eventually became the nucleus for the new Mt. Prospect Park District and the site of the Lions Annual Village Fair until it moved to Melas Park; blacktopping and installing parking meters at the railroad parking lot in 1956; purchasing a community events sign and placed it under the water tower in 1964; and building baseball dugouts and purchasing a weightlifting system at Prospect High School. More recently, the Lions have provided annual funding for the Mount Prospect Food Pantry, purchased bicycles for the Police Department, helped to restore the Central Schoolhous, helped the blind, sight and hearing sight-impaired, and offered annual scholarships to graduating high school seniors from area schools. The Mount Prospect Lions Club is a true asset to the community. #TBT #mountprospect #mountprospectcentennial #mountprospect100 ... See MoreSee Less

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