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Susquehanna Lions fight to keep streak going in Mount Wolf

Lions, Kiwanis, Jaycees and other civic clubs are fighting to find younger members, lest they implode because their aging membership can no longer keep the organizations going.
That’s not news, but how these clubs are doing is an intriguing barometer about how our communities are functioning.
I’d say we’re fraying a bit, though York County still has a sense of community.
I’ve had the fortune of watching county civic clubs up close, delivering hundreds of county history speeches on the banquet circuit.
Every club is different, and many have memorable qualities.
The Susquehanna Lions Club, for example, has an impressive streak going… .

Since its formation in 1933, the Mount Wolf folks have installed a different president every year.
I’ve observed countless civic organizations begging for new leadership to step forward. Beleaguered presidents serve multiple terms because no one raises their hands.
So that makes Susquehanna Lions’ achievement of migrating new leadership through the ranks all the more remarkable.
Leaders of the club told me before a speech Thursday night that the group has different officers in line through its 75th anniversary in two years. Wayne Heindel now holds that position.
Current officers last night were planting the seed to transfuse new blood into the top post annually beyond year 75.
And considering the spirit and history of the club, I bet they’ll extend their streak.