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Lions Club welcomes new officers

The South Whidbey Lions Club has just concluded another successful year of community service, after 60 years of serving the South Whidbey Island community.   Community service projects undertaken this year are:  “Adopt-a-Highway,” Camp  Horizon (for challenged individuals) Spring-Spruce-Up; Relay for Life Pancake Breakfast; Relay for Life “Jail for Bail”; volunteer work  at M-Bar-C Ranch Forgotten Children’s Fund; ongoing landscape maintenance at Freeland Park;  sponsor Cub Scout troup; Hearts & Hammers; “White Cane Days” to benefit NLFSH (Eye Bank); recycle eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones; Pancake Breakfast to benefit Good Cheer; manning the Chamber Visitor Information Kiosk; volunteering for Family Resource Center’s Lunch Box fundraiser;  donating and planting trees at Gary Putney Woods; building handicap ramps, repairing leaks for disabled individuals; scholarships to South Whidbey High School seniors; and conduct a Sight & Hearing Program to assist qualified individuals with vision and hearing care, along with numerous other service projects by individuals Lions. Pictured are: (sitting) Rosemary Martin, Troy Nakamura, Ralph Nakamura, Kendra Setlow and Ed Bennett; (standing) Robert Davis, Clayton Engebretsen, Robert Setlow, William O
The South Whidbey Lions Club has just concluded another successful year of community service, after 60 years of serving the South Whidbey Island community. Community service projects undertaken this year are: “Adopt-a-Highway,” Camp Horizon (for challenged individuals) Spring-Spruce-Up; Relay for Life Pancake Breakfast; Relay for Life “Jail for Bail”; volunteer work at M-Bar-C Ranch Forgotten Children’s Fund; ongoing landscape maintenance at Freeland Park; sponsor Cub Scout troup; Hearts & Hammers; “White Cane Days” to benefit NLFSH (Eye Bank); recycle eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones; Pancake Breakfast to benefit Good Cheer; manning the Chamber Visitor Information Kiosk; volunteering for Family Resource Center’s Lunch Box fundraiser; donating and planting trees at Gary Putney Woods; building handicap ramps, repairing leaks for disabled individuals; scholarships to South Whidbey High School seniors; and conduct a Sight & Hearing Program to assist qualified individuals with vision and hearing care, along with numerous other service projects by individuals Lions. Pictured are: (sitting) Rosemary Martin, Troy Nakamura, Ralph Nakamura, Kendra Setlow and Ed Bennett; (standing) Robert Davis, Clayton Engebretsen, Robert Setlow, William O'Brien, Robert Lowey, Kent Renshaw, Roy Benson and Rupe Hilton.
— image credit: D. O'Brien photo

Bill O’Brien has been elected president of the South Whidbey Lions Club for the coming year, replacing Ralph Nakamura.

Nakamura is the Zone Chairman for this year (July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009). He oversees five Whidbey Island Lions Clubs, one at Anacortes, one at San Juan Island, one at Lopez Island and one at Orcas Island.

Other newly elected South Whidbey officers are Robert Setlow, first vice president; Clayton Engebretsen, second vice president; Robert Davis, third vice president; Rosemary Martin, treasurer; Edward Bennett, assistant treasurer; Troy Nakamura, secretary; Kendra Setlow, membership director; Harry Hilton, chaplain; Robert Lowey, tail twister; Richard Smith, lion tamer; and Kent Renshaw and Roy Benson, directors.

The club also named Troy Nakamura “Lion of the Year” for outstanding service to the club, and presented Rosemary Martin with a “President’s Appreciation Award.”

The club has served the community for 60 years, and engage in several projects each year to benefit groups and individuals on South Whidbey.

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