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Simpson inducted into Texas Lions Hall of Fame

By Anna Noel

Yorktown News-View

John Simpson, a current Lions Club member, former district governor for Lions, and a member since 1998, has been inducted into the Texas Lions Hall of Fame.

“I had already retired from the Army Reserve at that point, and that was what was taking up most of my spare time,” Simpson said, explaining his background with Lions.

“When we came back to Yorktown, I was invited to a Lions Club meeting here in Yorktown and I went because I remembered that my dad was a Lion, he was one of the charter members of Yorktown Lions Club. He seemed to like it a whole lot; he was really enthusiastic about it. I never really knew what the Lions did, so I went to the meeting anyway, and when I got there, I saw that I knew about half, or better than half, of the people that were there. So, when I was asked if I wanted to join, I said, ‘Well, sure!’. So that’s the way I got into it, and then after I began to see what they were really doing I got interested.

“Their main focus since about 1917, going all the way back, Hellen Keller addressed the Lions Club at an international convention and told them that she thought they ought to be knights to the blind in the crusade against darkness, and she was so convincing that they decided to take that on as their major project and focused on sight-type problems, to try to do something about.”

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