Chester Lions welcomed artist, author to monthly meeting

Well-know artist, sculptor and author, Henry Kidd, spoke at the January 22 Chester Lions Club meeting. Kidd gave a detailed and vivid picture of the Battle of the Crater in Petersburg, along with many of the personalities on both sides of the war. He is especially recognized for his September 11, 2001 painting and Adopt-A-Station project. The members enjoyed the Gettysburg painting he brought with him which was completed days before his presentation to the Lions Club.

Kidd is a nationally recognized historical artist and an authority on the war and a sought after lecturer. He has received many awards for his art including more than one best in show.

The Chester Lions Club was chartered on January 27, 1939. The club will be celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2014. “There have been many pictures and stories collected through the years that we would like to gather for this celebration,” Ralph G. Jones, secretary, said.  “If anyone knows of any news articles or memorabilia, the Chester Lions Club would appreciate the sharing of these.”

The Lions Club is the largest service organization in the world, and the Chester community can be proud of its contributions to those in need especially in the area of sight and hearing conservation – leader dog, eye exams and glasses, hearing, Bland Music scholarships, and other needs. Most of the club’s funds come from the semi-annual “White Cane Days.” “Many thanks to our community for their support for many years,” said Jones.

To donate or share news articles or memorabilia for the 75th anniversary, call Courtney Wells at 748-0003.

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