At the Jan. 28, 1975 meeting of the Dade County Lions Club, the organization paid tribute to Cleron E. Kyzer as “Citizen of the Month” for outstanding service to the community and as one of the county’s most prominent business, church and civic leaders.


A. L. Dyer, charter member and first president of the club, made the announcement that Kyzer had been chosen for the honor, and described his activities as follows:


“In Lionism, Cleron has been a member here since about 1938, serving as president during 1938-40. He has also served as zone chairman and holds the second longest service record in the club.”


“He is a member of the Trenton United Methodist Church, and is at present a member of the administrative board and superintendent of the Sunday School He has been active in this church for 18 years or more.”


“Through the years, he has taken an active part in the work of Boy Scouts. He is a member of the Alhambra Shrine of Chattanooga, Tenn., and the Dade Chapter, Order of Eastern Star.”


“Cleron served on the Dade County School Board seven years and was chairman of the board for several years.”


“He has served on the City Council of Trenton and was for several years vice mayor. While on the council, he, along with the other members, built the present City Hall and adjoining building that houses the fire engines.”


“Mr. Kyzer organized the Trenton Volunteer Fire Department in 1955, and has served as Fire Chief since that time. He worked hard and was mainly instrumental in securing the

fire engines that we now have, plus the first one we ever had. He is now serving as vice president of the Tri-State Mutual Aid Fire Protection Association, and is a charter member.


“He is past president of the Georgia Automotive Wholesaler’s Association and is on the board of directors. I happen to know that the year he was president was the most successful, financially, they had, and they put on the most successful show in Atlanta the Association had ever had.”


”He is now a member and is serving on the board of directors of Automotive Service Industry Association (ASIA). I have been with him to meetings in Chicago, Ill.; Point Clear, Ala.; New Orleans, La.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Las Vegas, Nev., and on board ship from Charleston to Bermuda and back, and he is considered the best-known and most popular man in the organization. His next step up will be president of ASIA, and I can assure you that it is a place worth working for.”


“I might also mention that he has sent a daughter, a son and a nephew through college and that in about a month, his son will return here to begin helping him operate his business here and maybe allow him to take some time off and enjoy life in other ways.”


Mrs. Kyzer was present for the ceremony honoring her husband which included the presentation of the “Citizen of the Month” plaque.(Used by permission, HISTORY OF DADE COUNTY, GEORGIA, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, 1981)

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