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Pioneer Club of Lee County to hold 69th annual picnic April 28 at Lee Civic Center
April 13, 2018

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The Pioneer Club of Lee County will hold its 69th annual picnic on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Lee County Civic Center Tinsley Pavilion located on Bayshore Road in North Fort Myers, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The Pioneer Club was organized in 1949 by R. A. Henderson Jr. to honor those living persons who had been residents of old Lee County for 50 or more years. The initial meeting was held in 1950 at the Lions Park on Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers.

The Pioneer Picnic is strictly a social organization comprised of many of the old families of Lee County who get together annually to catch up on one another's lives and to have lunch together.

The classes of 1968 from Alva High School, Bishop Verot High School, Cypress Lakes High School, Dunbar High School, Fort Myers High School and North Fort Myers High School will be recognized at the picnic as celebrating their 50th class reunions.

Also recognized at the picnic will be the eldest pioneer man and woman born in Lee County; the couple married the longest (both spouses need to be in attendance); pioneer who traveled the longest distance to the picnic; and the eldest person in attendance.

Approximately 1,100 invitations are mailed out for the picnic of which two-thirds are sent to local residents and the remainder to those people who live out of the area. There are normally 600-700 people in attendance.

A meal of barbecue chicken or pork, baked beans, cole slaw, rolls, chocolate chip cookies and iced tea or lemonade are available to the attendees for $10 per plate.

The eligibility requirement for membership is that the person was a resident of Lee County prior to 1968. Please email pioneerleecounty@gmail.com to receive registration information or you may register the day of the picnic.

Through the generosity of the city of Fort Myers, free admission on that weekend is given to the members of the Pioneer Club by presenting their membership card to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates (general admission) on McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers and the IMAG History & Science Center (general admission) on Cranford Avenue, in Fort Myers on Thursday, April 26; Friday, April 27; Saturday, April 28; and Sunday, April 19; and the Burroughs Home and Garden Tour on First Street in downton Fort Myers on Thursday, April 26, at 11 a.m. only:

To RSVP, please call 239-337-9505.

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