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Lions charter members recall the founding years
Bill Gyure, right, and Archie Myers share a laugh as they talk about the founding years of the Monroe Lions Club while inside the Swiss Alps restaurant in Monroe. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE - They sang, they danced, they told jokes - they even sold light bulbs - all in the name of community service for the Lions Club of Monroe. Today, Archie Myers, 93, and Bill Gyure, 92, are a little less nimble, but they're still telling jokes with a smile, a wink and a nod, and gather with their coffee group every morning at the Swiss Alps restaurant. Myers, born and raised in Juda, and Gyure, born and raised in Chicago, met 63 years ago, as two of the 74 original charter members of the Monroe Lions Club when it re-launched on June 16, 1951.