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By Aliya Hall
The Creswell Chronicle 

Creswell Lions Club disbands after 71


June 6, 2019

Photo provided/Martha McReynolds Jr.

Standing, from left: Martha McReynolds Jr., honorary past Lions member; Verlean McCoy, Creswell Heritage Foundation president; and Lions member Peggy Bryant. Sitting, from left, are honorary past-Lions member Janet Johnson and Lions members Crystal Hartman and John Franklin. Hartman, Bryant and Franklin were the club's last remaining members. They met for their last meeting at Franklin's house on Monday.

"Poor membership and a lack of interest has seen increases in both service and fraternal organizations...Franklin said that the times are a part of that: communities were more cohesive when there were only three channels on TV."

John Franklin has been part of the Lions Club since 1979. As the club's current president, he said when he first moved into town he was asked to join and it was a "privilege to be asked." He had joined a service organization that had been around since 1948.

Times change, and the once-thriving club has a membership that has "dwindled to a point where it's not sustai...

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