Renovate, Rejuvenate, and Remember

Willson-Lorber Rose Garden in Charles City, IA

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CHARLES CITY, IA – The Charles City Lions Club was in full bloom Friday, as they revealed their newly renovated rose garden.

In just six weeks this garden located in downtown Charles City received a whole new look.

This is one of the largest projects the club has ever done.

And it’s all in dedication to E.L. “Eb” Willson and George Lorber, who were Lions Club members themselves with quite the green thumbs.

“It’s a utilization of volunteers, and it’s been an all volunteer activity of the Lions Club for all these years and he taught me well about volunteerism and giving back to the community,” said Sally Willson- Hass, daughter of Eb Willson.

George Lorber says he just wants everyone to remember him and Willson’s hard work.

“Remember who we are, Eb and I, so we did a great deal out here,” said Lorber.

The garden was first built by Lorber and Willson in 1971.

Eb Willson passed away in 1996.

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