Archive for Thursday, May 19, 2005

Car show to honor longtime Lion

May 19, 2005

— The man largely responsible for the Lansing Lions Club's annual auto and motorcycle show died this past November, but this year's event on June 11 will still bear his imprint.

The Michael Neve Memorial Car and Cycle Show is named for the Lions Club member and Lansing Correctional Facility deputy warden who was named Lansing's 2004 Volunteer of the Year.

Fellow Lions remember Neve as a dedicated, energetic community member.

Rick Dodson, secretary off the club, said Neve "had been the motivating force behind the show year after year." Dodson said Neve was the ideal club member, always willing to pick up projects and helping to get projects off the ground.

John Bennett, 22-year Lions member, said when he joined the club he met Neve.

"Mike was a great community leader and supporter of many events that helped promote goodwill in the community, and the car show was always one of his favorites," Bennett said.

The show will be at Leavenworth County Special Education Cooperative, 730 First Terrace, and feature 11 categories of cars, from antiques to 4x4s, and six classes of motorcycles. Registration is $10 before the show and $15 the day of the show. Admission is free for spectators. There will be concessions, a raffle and giveaways. Prizes will be awarded for the longest distance driven to the show by a registrant and for the greatest participation by a club. Two "Mayor's choice" awards will be given, one for cars and trucks and another for motorcycles.

As in previous years, the club will also offer free screening for vision, hearing, blood pressure and blood sugar.

The show will support Lions Clubs programs to aid in the recovery of sight and prevent the loss of sight through screening. Lions Clubs also purchase glasses for the needy and help coordinate eye surgery for those who can't afford it.

Dodson said the Lansing Lions hope to raise $1,000 toward these causes at the car show.

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