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LIONS CLUB OF SAN FELIPE, B.C.
San Felipe, B.C., Mexico
The newly formed Lions Club of San Felipe, B.C. received
Charter status at a dinner meeting on Friday night,
January 26 at the Los Arcos Restaurant in San Felipe.
Dignitaries of Lions International from Mexico and the
United States were on hand to witness the induction
of 71 officers and members into the International Club.
The San Felipe club joins Lions District
B-1, which includes the cities of Tijuana, Ensenada,
Mexicali, San Luis, Guaymas and Nogales.
In his opening statement, Gary Dilley,
president of the new Club, expressed his gratitude for
all the hard work the Lions have done over the past
three months in getting the Club to the charter point.
He introduced the Honorable Vincente Martinez, Governor
of B-1 District Lions, who performed the induction.
Martinez said that inducting over 70 charter members
into the Club is an historic occasion as it holds the
largest chartered membership in the Baja.
Alice Tana, Governor 4-L6 from the San
Diego and Imperial County Lions, also played a large
part in the induction ceremonies. She thanked the local
Lions, calling the event a very exciting and auspicious
occasion. In installing its officers, she gave each
a brief description of their duties. San Felipe officers
and Board members are Gary Dilley, President; Cliff
White, Vice-President; Elayne Caldwell, Secretary and
Robin Kissee, Treasurer. The Board includes the following
Committee Chairpersons who are also members of the Board
of Directors: Projects, Tom O'Neill; Membership, Bob
Lux and Raphael Navarro; and Fundraising Chairs, Horacio
Aleman, Lee Martin, Debbie Lux and Sheri Pollack.
Principal speaker, Governor Martinez,
honored Guide Lions Frank Marquez, Heber, California,
and Salvador Sanchez, Mexicali, for advising the new
San Felipe Club. He congratulated the California, Arizona
and Baja Lions, for helping to bring the two countries
of the United States and Mexico together.
In his keynote address, Governor Martinez
asked all members to be actively involved in providing
services to the local community. He added that we must
strive to identify the talents that each member possesses
and where their interests lie. He also stressed that
it is important that more and more women join the Lions
clubs in their area.
The festive evening ended with a raffle
of gifts presented to the Club; including a beautiful
wine and cheese basket, a bath set and pizza baking
stone from the 4L6 Lions and a 50/50 drawing. Alice
Tana also presented President Dilley with a monetary
gift from the Brawley Lions Club. New members are encouraged.
Contact any member of the club and they will gladly
sign you up. Lion's projects this year include organizing
and coordinating an upcoming visit by The
Flying Samaritans, a medical team who will be treating
local people who cannot obtain regular medical care.
A Poker walk in town on March 17 and a golf tournament
sometime in the spring are being planned to help fund
services to the local community.
The Club joins the 1,300 Lions in District
B and there are 13,000 Lions in Mexico.
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Lions Club Press
Release – January 2009
Article by Kathy Preppernau
As The San Felipe BC Lions Club looks
ahead to 2009 we are thankful for all that our club has
been able to accomplish this past year and we enter the
new year with great anticipation and excitement as we
continue to work towards giving back to the community
we call home. Our motto, “We Serve”, is at
the heart of all we do and our growing active club of
nearly 100 members proudly feels the responsibility of
making it happen here in San Felipe.
Our rewarding work with the Flying Samaritan’s,
group of medical professionals and private pilots from
Modesto, CA, continues. On their last trip here in October
“The Sam’s” with the assistance of some
of our local medical professionals preformed 6 orthopedic
and cosmetic surgeries for the most needy of prescreened
patients. They will be returning again in February to
do eye surgeries again for those in need here in San Felipe
who would otherwise not be able to afford them. Our goals
in the San Felipe BC Lions Club follow those of the Lions
Club International goals world wide to bring needed medical
care to the visually impaired. Since our Club teamed up
with the Flying Sam’s we have done over 750 eye
exams and eyeglass fittings and assisted in 47 surgical
procedures, at no cost to our community.
The progress of our other community project, The Sonshine
Hacienda Home for Children, is moving along with the addition
of the roof to the two dormitory wings on November 14th.
The next step is the second floor on the back building
that will house the administrative offices and living
quarters for the director and assistant director. The
San Felipe BC Lions Club is pleased to be a part of this
mission that will one day be the home to 50 abused, abandoned
or orphaned children providing a safe, stable and healthy
environment for them to grow. Donations of funding and
labor come from all over the US, Canada and Mexico through
churches and other Lions Clubs as well individuals such
as our own members who that have been lead to support
Funds from our November Lions Club Turkey Trot Poker
Walk went to the Sonshine Hacienda as will funds from
our primary fund raising event….the Lions Club annual
Blues and Arts Fiesta which will be held on March 28,
2009 at the baseball field again this year. Sponsorship
packages and tickets are already available for the Fiesta
which will be even bigger than last year’s event.
More bands, more artists, more fun. You won’t want
to miss it so mark your calendars now and go on line to
www.bluesandarts.com to get all the details. You can also
purchase you tickets online. To get more information about
how you can help support Sonshine Hacienda go to www.marketplacemissions.net.
We are a growing club working hard to help those less
fortunate in our community. You can help us help others
by participating in our events. Every hamburger or hot
dog you purchase from our “Paws that Refresh”
food wagon helps us to reach those in need. You can visit
the Paws every Saturday at the Swap Meet.
If you are interested in finding out more about us and
what we’re doing you are welcome to join us at one
of our meetings. The San Felipe BC Lions Club meets on
the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM at Cliff
and Sue’s Los Arcos Restaurant.
For those who are interested in getting involved in a
service organization in San Felipe, we welcome guests
to our meetings held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the
month at Cliff & Sue’s Los Archos Restaurant
at 6:00 PM. The San Felipe B C Lions Club is a “smoke
free” meeting and we invite you to join us.