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70 years of membership recognized by Lions Club

POSTED: October 12, 2008 5:01 a.m.
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The Gainesville Lions Club president Jim Schwartz, left, presents Herbert Bell, 92, who has been a member for 70 years, with a framed letter during a regular club meeting at the Gainesville Civic Center Tuesday.

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Talk about commitment.


Though he doesn't get out too much anymore, Herbert Bell, 92, is still a member of the Gainesville Lions Club.
And the Lions honored their longest standing member at the club's Tuesday meeting by recognizing Bell's 70th year of membership.


In 1938, 22-year-old Bell joined the Lions Club when the organization had been around in Gainesville for just four years.
Lions Club President Jim Schwartz presented Bell with a plaque while other members gave Bell a standing ovation.
"I tell you what, a lot has happened in that 70 years," Bell said. "I've been blessed."
Bell said he most cherishes the friends he has made through the Lions Club.


"Money was kind of scarce in 1938, but I met so many fine friends," Bell said. " Friends are one of the greatest possessions you can have, it's something you can't buy."


Bell's nephew Mark Bell, also a lion, gave the club some facts about his uncle's life.
Herbert Bell was born June 15, 1916, in White County. He moved to Hall County in 1929 and later graduated from Gainesville High School.


He established Bell's Cleaners and has been a member of St. Paul Methodist Church since 1933.
He is a World War II veteran, and was president of the Lion's Club in the mid 60's.
He also collects classic cars, and has a special affinity for Hudsons.


"He has beautiful antique cars," said Lion's member Bobby Hall. "One of his cars was actually in the movie Driving Miss Daisy."

 



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