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Folsom City Lions Club celebrates 75 years

By: Eyragon Eidam, Telegraph Correspondent
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FOLSOM, CA - Club members weren’t the only ones celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Folsom City Lions Club this past Sunday at the Folsom Community Center.

Mayor Steve Miklos presented the club with a resolution from the city for its commendable service and extensive commitment to the community.

Miklos addressed the crowd of around 150 club members and their families and applauded the charitable services they have provided throughout the community over the last seven-and-a-half decades.

“I’m proud to represent the City Council and the community to thank you for that tradition of 75 years of service,” he said.

The resolution was accepted by club president Kumar Kalagara, a five-year member whose father also served as a Lions Club member in India.

The Folsom chapter of the Lions Club, founded in 1938, was also honored with a resolution from state Sen. Ted Gaines and the California State Legislature.

Kalagara called being a part of the historic organization, which has more than 1.35 million members in more than 207 countries, an honor and a privilege and said the mission of the club to provide vision services and to those who cannot afford them remains an important one.

“It’s energizing to work with people like this with such big hearts,” said Kalagara.

The club has been very active within the Folsom community over the last 75 years providing charitable services like sponsorships of local events and vision exams and eyeglasses for people in need.

Miklos said this sort of community involvement and community service is what makes Folsom a great and unique place to live.

“The heartbeat of the City of Folsom is community service,” said Miklos. “I saw it when I moved here in 1985 and here it is 2013 and it’s going just as strong as it was then.”

As for the achievement of reaching more than seven decades as an organization, the mayor expressed a sense of pride on the part of the community as a whole when it comes to clubs like this.

“To help these folks celebrate 75 years is just another accomplishment that the community should be very proud of,” said the mayor.