One of Logan County’s most distinguished volunteers is throwing in the towel — sort of.
At 94 years of age, Logan County native and longtime community service legend Odis Ratcliff will be retiring from his decades of broom sales which have benefited the Lions Club of Logan for almost sixty years.
Ratcliff’s final day of sales was Saturday, March 10.
For longer than most members of the club can even remember, Ratcliff has been selling high quality mops and brooms as a fundraiser for the Lions Club, in addition to being an active member in several other volunteer organizations, from the Logan County Community Fund to the Shriners. Along the way he has become a legend in the world of local volunteerism and community service.
Earlier last year, Ratcliff, who still remains quite active, stepped down from his other Lions fundraiser, the sale of fruitcakes at Christmas time.
Ratcliff told his fellow Lions it was time for younger hands, like Lions President Chuck Puckett, to step up on that project.
Ratcliff has been selling mops and brooms for the Lions out of the back of his car for 59 years, often with his fellow Lion and longtime friend Eddie Stevens.
Odis is a retired member of Logan’s business community, having operated a service station in Logan County for many years.
Ratcliff is not quite as mobile as he used to be, but still manages to get around and do a lot of good for the community his many friends note.
Ratcliff quipped that it is time to slow down some as he had begun wearing out his cane.