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Get-to-know the Golden Lions

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Lee McBride

To date, Lee McBride, 83 years young, has been with the Golden Lions Club for the longest of all its members.

Sometime in the early 1950s, McBride recalled, there was a hill climb of sorts when all kinds of different automobiles would gather in Golden to do a timed race up Lookout Mountain.

“It was quite an event,” he said, but added that it only lasted a couple of years because the governor put a stop to it. Probably because it was quite dangerous.

However, the Golden Lions Club had a booth set up at the pillars of the race at 19th Street where they sold pop to the attendees.

“It was quite the money-maker,” McBride said, noting that the pop sold for about 50 cents each.

McBride was employed at Foss Drug at the time, and he remembers rolling 10 cases of pop on a hand truck for the Golden Lions to sell.

But this was before he joined the club, McBride said.

A pharmacist he worked with at Foss Drug was a member, and wanted McBride to join, but he wasn't able to until he turned 21.

So in 1955, McBride joined the club.

“It's a great organization,” McBride said. “We get together, and it's good camaraderie.”

Jon Berquist

Along with celebrating the club's 75th anniversary, Jon Berquist, 76, is celebrating another milestone with the club.

This fall will mark the 40th year that he's been a Lions Club member.

Berquist joined a Lions Club in Minnesota when he was working for a telephone company. It wasn't necessarily a requirement, Berquist said, but it was strongly recommended for the management team to join some sort of service club.

“I shopped around, and the Lions appealed to me,” Berquist said, adding he enjoys working with like-minded individuals. “I've met a lot of very good people who have become good friends.”

Berquist moved to Golden in 1997, but was travelling quite a bit at the time. He retired in 2001 and joined the Golden Lions. He has been the club's secretary since 2009.

Berquist likes that the Golden Lions has a large enough membership for it to be able to be involved in a variety of different projects and fundraisers, he said.

“There's more that you can do with a larger group,” Berquist said. Being a Golden Lion, he added, “gives me a great deal of satisfaction.”

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