New Lions officers take reins; six new members installed
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
A new year of service will begin July 1 for members of the Imperial Lions Club.
The 2013-14 officers were installed at the club’s meeting Tuesday night by a Past District Governor of the organization, Leland Thomas of Grant.
He and his wife, Betty, were guests at the club’s dinner meeting at Brickstone Grille & Sports Bar.
Taking over reins as Imperial Lions president is Troy Worth, who received the meeting gavel from outgoing president Kelly Hammerlun.
Other officers installed Tuesday include vice presidents Jordan Hammerlun and Dave Fulton; Jayne Henry, secretary; Miles Colson, treasurer; Merril Humphreys, membership chairman; Angie Worth, Tail Twister; and Emma Jenkins, Lion Tamer.
PDG Thomas explained the duties of each officer during the installation process.
He also formally installed six new members of the club that evening—Brooke Olson, Brady Torpin, Nate and Emma Jenkins and Eric and Lindsay Moreland.
Thomas provided some history of Lions Clubs International, noting the organization was asked by Helen Keller to be “Knights of the Blind” in 1925, just a few years after its organization.
He added that being busy should not discount consideration of joining Lions, because some of the busiest people he knows “are great Lions.”
He told the new members they will eventually experience what being a Lion means in a personal way, such as seeing a child with vision loss discovered after a screening by the Lions Mobile Screening Unit.
In addition to the new members who have joined the club in recent months, Lion Dave Fulton was welcomed. He is transferring to the Imperial club from the Wilcox Lions.
Other business at the meeting included a $100 donation to the city’s fireworks fund and plans for the club’s upcoming peach sales and bingo at the fair.
Forms for peach sales were distributed by project chairman Merril Humphreys, who noted only pre-sales are taken. Sales were asked to be concluded by July 15.
The club’s July 23 meeting will be at the bingo stand on the fairgrounds so the club can determine if work needs done on the building. Sign-up for bingo work times is also underway for bingo to be held Aug. 14-17 during fair week.