Membership a priority for Lions District Governor
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
A pair of special guests came a long way Tuesday to visit the Imperial Lions Club.
District Governor Merle Morford and his wife Vicky of Chadron attended the monthly meeting of the local Lions. He discussed membership and a district goal of reaching the 1,000 member mark.
In fact, he has a little wager going with the District Governor in the adjoining Nebraska Lions District I. Members of the district reaching the 1,000 member level first will be treated to lunch by the other district at the state convention next summer in Broken Bow.
“With 984 members now, that’s only 16 new members” across the district, he noted.
Morford also has a new member recruitment incentive himself.
The local club in District L showing the most new members before the 2015 convention will have the convention registration fees paid for their members attending.
While here, the District Governor presented chevrons to six Lions recognizing years of membership. They included Larry Radcliffe, 35 years; Doug Gaswick, Evelyn Mitchell and Jan Schultz, 20 years; and Jayne Henry and Miles Colson, 15 years.
In other business at Tuesday’s meeting, members heard a presentation from Fire Chief Nick Schultz on the bond issue Imperial city residents will vote on next week.
With memorial money the club received from former Lions member Gene Moreland who dies this year, members voted to earmark the funds for vivid boards and new televisions for five patient rooms at Chase County Community Hospital.
Past President Troy Worth named member Merril Humphreys Lion of the Year for his 2013-14 term as president.
The club is also working to schedule a time to volunteer at the Mercy Meals packaging center in Wauneta, as well as for the Imperial Theatre.
At the club’s Nov. 25 meeting, the scheduled program will be given by members of the TeamMates board of directors.