Lions: Off and Running!
The start of a new year for our Marlin Lions Club began on June 23, 2020, with its installation of new officers.
Guest Speaker was District Governor Lion John Noles, Lions Club International, Waco Founders, as he described each office and accepted the commitment from the new officers: Sheila Lawson, President; Douglas Langsdon, First Vice President;John Armstrong, Second Vice President; Pattie Kalmbach; Secretary; Lisa Lankford, Treasurer; Jay T. Elliott, Tale Twister; Michael Magouirk, Membership Chair;J.C. Bailey, Chaplain; Anthony Roppolo, One-Year Director; David Lawson, Two-Year Director. The Marlin Lions Club year officially begins July 1, 2020 and ends June 30, 2021.
Why does Marlin matter to the Lions Club district? During 2019-2020, the district (of which Marlin is a critical part) served two hundred eighty thousand (280,000) people. Of the total number of people served, twenty-six thousand (26,000) were youth (under 18 years old).
The Lions Clubs’ motto is “We Serve,” and Lions Clubs live up to that motto. For 102 years, the clubs have served the communities with service projects on vision, youth, environment, diabetes, children's cancer, and hunger. In Marlin, Lions Club members have provided a volunteer force at vision screenings, picking up trash along its streets/throughout neighborhoods, scholarships for collegiate and trade schools,collecting plastic bottle caps in support of children with diabetes, working at a fundraiser for children with cancer at a Temple Hospital unit, the driving and collection force of the entire food for Families Drive, and the strongest effort in manning the food distribution at both the Samaritan House and the Mobile Food Pantry from Central Texas Food Bank..
“Our Lions Clubs give members an opportunity to advance worthy causes, serve with friends, and become leaders in the community. This club means a lot to our Lions, but it means so much more to the people we serve,” said District Governor John Noles.
Lions Clubs International Marlin Club President Sheila Lawson invites civic-minded men and women to join in making a difference in our community.
To begin this year, Marlin Lions Club is spearheading a Falls County School Supply Drive. Financial donations are needed to meet a goal of $2,000 for purchase of students’ school supplies. No gift is too big nor too small! Won’t you donate $1, $5, $10, or $25 or $100 for our children in school?
To learn more about Marlin’s Lions Club and its service projects, contact Sheila Lawson at (254) 405-0956 or Pattie Kulmbach at (254) 252-7958. One can also learn more at Marlin Lions Club Facebook.