Wrong Royal Sheldon?

Last Updated 9/8/2011

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District Extension Chairman  - Lions Foundation


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We'll take it one step at a time," said Royal B. Sheldon, district extension chairman for the Lions Club International.
However, Mr. Sheldon, who has been an active Lion for nearly four decades, has not given up hopes that more people may come out to join. He has been sending out mailings and literature to people in the town and is holding a meeting tonight for interested residents. "It will be quite disappointing if no one else comes out, after our attempts to shake some trees and get people out," he said. "Now that summer's over, we may have more luck." Waddington had a Lions Club chapter for nearly half a century, but surrendered its charter in 1991 after membership died out. Mr. Sheldon, who travels around helping towns set up Lions Club chapters, says he thinks the time is ripe to start again. Starting off as a branch club is not uncommon; Lisbon began its chapter five years ago as a branch of the Norfolk one. Within a year, it had enough members to break off on its own. Mr. Sheldon helped that club organize as well.

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For several months, a small group has been working with Royal B. Sheldon, district extension chairman for Lions Club International, to start a chapter of the volunteer organization.
The group hopes to meet later this month to firm things up and get more members. There have been efforts to set up a meeting all summer, but conflicting schedules have thwarted them so far. "It's kind of slow, but I think that's because there are so many things going on this summer," Mr. Sheldon said. "Later this month, we'll get them invited and have them show up and tell them what we're trying to do." After the town's Homecoming celebrations this past weekend, Mr. Sheldon said, he hopes the group will have more luck. Now is the time to bring it back, according to Mr. Sheldon, who began the efforts from his home in Norfolk. "It's something the Waddington community could really benefit from," he said. "There are people who would like to see more activities centered around the community arena." In addition to planning activities for residents, the Lions could help people in need with such things as getting eyeglasses or vision tests, something the Lions are known for doing. "We just help out people who need the support," said Mr. Sheldon, who has been a Lion for nearly 40 years.

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