By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
The Gainesville Lions Club is roaring into the summer with the installation of new officers Friday evening at the Landmark Bank building during the annual dinner ceremony.
New officers installed during the annual dinner ceremony are: Fred Rosenbaum-president, Lane Holcomb-first vice president, Wayne Dodson-second vice president, Kanita Maxwell-secretary, Clem Steubing-treasurer, J.J. Walls-tail twister and Johnny Baker-Lion Tamer.
Immediate past president Lee Killgore introduced the board of directors. Making up the board are John Hare, Danny Reeves, Nancy Lockhart, Wayne Dodson and Billy Graham.
Present District 2E2 Governor John P. Burnett presided over the installation of new officers and spoke of what it means to be a Lion and the goal of serving the community and those in need.
“We forget may times that we are providing a service by volunteering because we have so much fun doing it,” Burnett said. “The Gainesville Lion’s Club not only gives back to others but the members give back love, laughter and support to each other.”
He stated that providing eyeglasses for people has been a primary project for Lion’s Clubs over the years and how important it is for children to be able to see well to learn and become productive citizens. Working through information received by the school nurse, the clubs’ eyeglasses program has grown each year.
“The state requires that all students be given an eye exam each year so the school nurses are the front line in letting us know the vision needs of the students,” Burnett said.
Besides the business of officer installation, students from the Gainesville State School earned privileges to attend the service club’s dinner and provided not only wait assistance for the dinner but also rocked the crowd with a choreographed song and dance routine to a standing ovation.
Lion’s Club Member Dean Mendenhall recognized Merle Currie as the Lion of the Year and Chicken Express was recognized as the business of the year.
Kanita Maxwell was also informally recognized by Lane Holcomb as the heart and soul of the Gainesville club.
The certificates of appreciation were handed out to Elizabeth Zwinggi, Cindy Hernandez, employees of Chicken Express, Phyllis Griffin and Cooke County 4-H, Judy Walls, the youth of the Gainesville State School, Texas Juvenile Justice Department (Entertainment), Elizabeth Mendenhall, Nancy Lockhart and Gay Holcomb.
By CATHY MOUNCE
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