The Winlock Lions Club is looking for a few good community leaders—20, to be exact—for the creation of a new Lions Club in neighboring Napavine, with efforts planned to take off during the summer.
Winlock Lions Club President Bob Giardina, who is helping lead efforts to create the new club, said a growing group of business people and officials in the Napavine area have expressed interest in the creation of a club, and Winlock has agreed to offer their official sponsorship as Guiding Lions to help them get started.
“I’m sure we’ll be able to get them [new members],” said Giardina, who also serves as Public Relations Chair for District 19G, stating the club is expecting to find many of its new members by word of mouth and during upcoming summer events, stating the group is “really looking forward” to Napavine’s Funtime Festival in July.
Once the membership requirement is met, the Napavine Lions, who do not all have to be from the Napavine area, will submit their application for a charter to Lions Club Headquarters in Chicago and, once chartered, will be able to begin fundraising and activities for their community as an official part of Lions Club International.
Giardina said all the clubs operate autonomously and may engage in efforts unique to their community, but services commonly include fundraising for scholarships, public health events, Christmas giving trees, and maintaining facilities for the use and benefit of their community.
Currently, prospective members of the Napavine Lions Club are meeting regularly at Taste of Alaska Family Restaurant (114 E. Washington St.) with the next meeting scheduled for June 18 at 8 a.m., and prospective members are invited to attend.
Those with questions about joining the Napavine Lions, or Lions Club activities in general, may call Giardina at (360) 520-4565, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.