Lions Club members, building contractors and Fairfield Bay officials were present for the ground breaking ceremonies for the new Lions Club building on May 17, 1985. State Representative Pat Ellis, director of commercial leasing for Fairfield Bay, and Nick Gray, executive vice president and general manager were featured speakers. Gray praised the efforts of the Lions Club and pointed out that the new building was a progressive note for Fairfield Bay and indicative of the fact that the community is a thriving, guiding force in this area. Representative Ellis praised the Lions Club sight conservation efforts and commended the group’s plans to construct a permanent home in Fairfield Bay, one of the few Lions Clubs in Arkansas to build its own headquarters in a community. Bill Miller, chairman of the Lion’s building committee stated that Ray and Ray Contractors expected the building to be completed sometime in June. Also participating in the groundbreaking were these residents you may remember: Pete Giltinan, Ray Gundersen, Greg Smith (vice president of Fairfield Bay engineering), Hank Hardt, James Lott (construction manager), Gust Gorna, Art Hughes (president of the Lions Club), E.C. Beaseley, Pat Brannigan (Ray and Ray Construction), Rev. Ernest Riedel, Father Paul Strassle, Fred Schoenecker, Bob Goodwillie, James Peavey and John Stocker.