Stanton Lions Install New Officers

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 Stanton Lions install new president, seek to meet community needs

by Loreen Berlin
The Lions Club of Stanton participates in collecting used eyeglasses that are then recycled, led by Dr. Gene Wilkins, O.D., who will now also head up the club as the president for 2014/2015.  Immediate past president is Barbara Dotson, who served an unprecedented seven years as not only the club's first woman president, but the longest-serving club president.  "I'm thrilled Dr. Gene will keep the club going onward and upward," said Dotson; she also thanked her past board members for their support over the years.
While Past District Governor PJ Smith installed Wilkins, he said, "I encourage you to do your job," to which Wilkins said, "Here's a check for my club dues," which brought laughter from the club members.
"Dr. Gene has been a Lions Club member for 53 years and in 2017, the Lions will be celebrating their 100th birthday," said Smith. "You've authorized these board members to be on your elected team for the next year; they can't get their job done without your help and support," Smith said. "The newly-sworn-in board members and the immediate past president will work with Dr. Gene, for alone, he cannot do anything, but together they can accomplish much."  Smith admonished the board to search for new ideas to accomplish their goals and to be even better organized.  "Lions are heroes and make miracles happen every day and we need more heroes," Smith said. "As a Lions member, it's your duty to 'ask' people if they would like to become a Lion," he said.
Other officers include: 1st Vice President Jim Box, 2nd Vice President Isabelle Parikh, secretary David Parikh, treasurer Pam Schoonover, Lion Tamer Fran Daigle, Tail Twister Al Ethans and Board of Directors Immediate Past President Barbara Dotson, John McShane and Sheryll Seymour.
Lions Clubs International admonishes local Lions Clubs to "Meet your community's needs by planning service activities focused on sight, youth and the environment," to name a few.  For years, the Stanton Lions Club has helped the community by attending its annual Easter event held in the Stanton City Park, where money made on sales of baked goods, sodas and other sweet items, is given back to the community in the form of charity.
"Connect online with us, where we have photos of our recent events," said club secretary David Parikh, who maintains the website.
The club is currently seeking to increase its membership, while working to retain its current membership.
Community volunteerism makes a difference because it betters the community that is served by helping those in need within the community. Anyone interested in volunteering, leading projects, networking and having fun, can do all of that and more as a Lions Club member. Lions perform local volunteer work to improve their local community – and communities around the world, according to their website.
Those interested, may join a local club that meets in person, a cyber club that meets online, or a special interest club based on an individual profession, hobby or any other interest. Whatever a person chooses, sharing and caring makes a  big difference, said International directors.  The Stanton Lions Club is offering other members of the community to join the international network of volunteers and friends who are already committed to helping their fellow men.  "Lions help their community, while gaining valuable skills; they make an impact on people's lives – locally and internationally; they learn to be leaders – and lead a respected organization; they network with business people in the community and around the world and energize their own personal life and have fun.
"It's an opportunity to grow personally and professionally. And you'll know that the community volunteer work you perform is worthwhile and appreciated."
The Stanton Lions Club, 10581 Chestnut Ave, in Stanton, is available for rent for parties, weddings and other events by e-mailing or visit 
Photo by Loreen Berlin
1.  Caption:
The Stanton Lions Club held its annual Installation luncheon in the Milt Blumenthal Hall of their clubhouse recently, where long-time Lion Dr. Gene Wilkins, O.D. (left), was  installed as president. Here he congratulates out-going president Barbara Dotson (seated) along with installing Past District Governor PJ Smith (right) and wife Georgia (center).
2. Caption:
Lion President Dr. Gene Wilkins, O.D. (left), receives the Stanton Lions Club gavel from installing officer Past District Governor PJ Smith (right) during the recent installation luncheon.
3. Caption:
New officers are installed recently at the Stanton Lions Club by Past District Governor PJ Smith (fourth from left). Pictured with him from left are Tail Twister Al Ethans, secretary David Parikh, Board of Directors Sheryll Seymour, PJ Smith, treasurer Pam Schoonover, 2nd Vice President Isabelle Parikh, Lion Tamer Fran Daigle, President Dr. Gene Wilkins, O.D., and immediate past president Barbara Dotson.