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Lodi Lions Club installs officers for 2014-15

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Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 1:49 pm

The Lodi Lions Club recently installed local businessman Russell Smith as President for the 2014-15 term. Smith was born in San Francisco in 1961; grew up in England and returned to California in 2001. He has worked in the information technology industry since 1987 and in 2005 decided to start his own business in Lodi.

Bits ‘N’ Bytes Computer and Printer repair was started in March 2005. Wanting to give something back to the Lodi community, he became a member of Lodi Lions Club in 2007 and since then has been involved in numerous fundraising activities to raise money for the community.

Other officers include Vice Presidents Mark Massa, Susie Cook and Alicia Brosterhous; Secretary Mike O’Connell, D.C. and Scott Meyer Treasurer. Other board members for the year include Dennis Calton, Don Cooper, Xavier Garza, Wayne Moore, Alan Ashbaugh, Phil Pennino and immediate past president, Larry Dold.

The Lodi Lions Club has been active in the Lodi community since 1940. It supports local community groups and individuals through service projects, scholarships, donations and sight and hearing assistance. The club meets every Wednesday at noon at Frank Johnson/Burgundy Hall at the Grape Festival grounds. For more information or to get involved with the Lodi Lions Club, contact Lion Past-President Larry Dold at 209-339-9036 or Membership Director Don Cooper at 209-747-5957.

The Lodi Lions Club is part of Lions Clubs International, founded in 1917 by Melvin Jones, an associate of an insurance firm in Chicago, Ill., when he asked the question of local businessmen’s groups, “What if these men, who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving their communities?”

Lions Clubs later focused their efforts in sight conservation and related services at the behest of Helen Keller in 1925, when she addressed the Lions Club International Convention, challenging the Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness”.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.35 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 207 countries and geographical areas around the world.

— Source: Richard Prima

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