Glenwood Springs hosts Lions convention Friday, Saturday |

Glenwood Springs hosts Lions convention Friday, Saturday

Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” One hundred twenty extra Lions will be in town Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18.

The Basalt, Glenwood Springs and New Castle Lions Clubs are co-hosting the convention for the Lions clubs of District 6 West, which encompasses the Western Slope.

Glenwood Springs Club President Susan Barrena said Lions will be participating in workshops that focus on membership development, and workshops to help club secretaries use computers more effectively.

Many non-Lion attendees are looking forward to playing golf, and they all have a full slate of activities around the Glenwood Springs area from which to choose.

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During the cabinet meeting, Lions will discuss the business of Lions clubs, and plans will be made to enhance the success of Lions and achieve their mission, “To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.”

Twirp Anderson will entertain at the Friday night barbecue, which will be coordinated by the Basalt Lions.

The Governor’s Dinner on Saturday night will feature a speech from William B. “Lion Bill” Watkins Sr. from Loudon, Tenn. Lion Bill is a Lions International director, a progressive Melvin Jones Fellow and the recipient of various medals, awards and certificates from Lions Clubs International in recognition of his long and valued service to Lionism.

Other than fundraising to prevent blindness worldwide and providing local scholarships, the local chapters’ No. 1 priority is recruiting. As service club members age, a shortage of young members arises to take their places. Several local Lions have been members for more than 50 years.

Barrena said, “Young people talk about being the change they want to see. Service clubs have been the change for almost 100 years. Young people can ‘Be the Change’ by volunteering for one of the service clubs who have helped make Glenwood Springs the wonderful community we all enjoy.”

Local Lions provide eyeglasses for people who can’t afford them, and provide free vision screenings for preschool children. Lion Bill Hoover has donated much time and service to help local people who can’t afford eye care.

The Glenwood Springs Lions also help staff the Valley View Hospital health fairs.

If you would like to be part of the Glenwood Springs Lions Club, call 948-1016.

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