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Lodi Lions Club elects new officers, 73rd president

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Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012 6:55 am

Jill De Herrera was recently inducted as the Lodi Lions Club’s 73rd president for the 2012-13 year. De Herrera, an executive administrative assistant for the Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation, officially began her presidency on July 1.

Completing the Lodi Lions Club board is Larry Dold, first vice-president; Russell Smith, second vice-president; Mark Massa, third vice-president; Rich Prima, secretary; Scott Meyer, treasurer; Alicia Brosterhouse and Bob Quenzell, two-year directors; Don Bricker and Susie Klusman, one-year directors; Pat Galvan, membership director; past-president Joe Bagley, tail twister; Matt Blote, Lion tamer; and Scott Keithley, immediate past-president.

In addition to her position at Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation, De Herrera maintains her real estate license. A member of the Lodi Lions Club since 2004, she is married to John De Herrera and she is the mother of Ryan Carleton, a recent graduate of Western Illinois University; Adam Carleton, a senior at Lodi High School; Madeline De Herrera, a junior at Lodi High School; and Emily De Herrera, a Millswood Middle School eighth-grade student. De Herrera invites everyone in the community “to come and check out our wonderful club.”

Lions Club International is the largest service club organization in the world with more than 1.35 million members in 46,000 clubs within 206 countries and geographic areas. Lions clubs are supported by the Lions Club International Foundation, which helps fund Lions humanitarian projects.

Lions want everyone to see a better tomorrow by supporting sight programs and services including vision screenings, eye banks and eyeglass recycling, and by providing eye care services for the underprivileged and those at risk of losing their sight.  

Locally, in addition to vision- and hearing-related services, the Lodi Lions Club provides college scholarships, participates in the Lions Youth Exchange program and the Lions Student Speaker contest, and is involved in many local projects including the construction of the Lodi Memorial Hospital heliport, Emerson Park renovation, LOEL Senior Center gardens and Lodi House refurbishment, to name but a few.

The Lodi Lions Club meets every Wednesday at noon in the Frank Johnson/Burgundy Hall at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds. Anyone interested in more information regarding the Lodi Lions Club can contact Lion Pat Galvan at 209-327-9340.

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