2018-10-06 / Community Life

Lions Club gearing for busy 2019


Coudersport Area Lions Club has experienced a membership renewal and is planning a busy 2019. Shown from left are new members Sally Hohn, Jacqueline Canter, Patricia Miller, June Buckler, Connie Kallerson and John Kallerson. Absent is Gaye Gledhill, who transferred her membership from North Carolina last month. Club president Linda Karija is peeking out from the back. Coudersport Area Lions Club has experienced a membership renewal and is planning a busy 2019. Shown from left are new members Sally Hohn, Jacqueline Canter, Patricia Miller, June Buckler, Connie Kallerson and John Kallerson. Absent is Gaye Gledhill, who transferred her membership from North Carolina last month. Club president Linda Karija is peeking out from the back. Seven new members have joined the Coudersport Area Lions Club, which is gearing up for a busy agenda in 2019.

Lions International District Governor Howard “Butch” Haus attended the club’s recent meeting to welcome the new members and discuss the organization’s regional and international missions.

Much of the renewed momentum comes from the local club’s focus on gender diversity in what was once a men-only fraternal organization, which is in keeping with the national direction

“Our club has had women members for several years, but this year’s ‘bumper crop,’ of new members brought in six more women, which has now resulted in women outnumbering the men,” said club spokesman Lou Karija.

There was a time when women were designated as “Lionesses” with their own chapters, but the Coudersport organization was intent on avoiding that distinction, Karija explained.

In fact, local club presidents in recent years have included Cathy Flook, Donna Kelly and Ilene Altenhein, followed by the current president, Linda Karija.

Hundreds of area residents take advantage of the club’s recycling center, which operates each Saturday morning at the borough maintenance building on Damascus Road.

Other traditional club activities that are being organized for the new year include the Chili for Charity Dinner in January, Strawberry Festival in June, Litter Pick-Up along Route 6 twice a year, operating a water station for the God’s Country Marathon, participating in the Salvation Army bell-ringing collection, donating to Christmas House, sponsoring local residents for eyeglasses, and other.

All proceeds come back to the local community or are used for disaster relief, seeing-eye dogs, and humanitarian projects.

New members are welcome. Those seeking to learn more are encouraged to attend club meeting, held at 5:30 pm on the first Monday of each month at the Coudersport Ambulance Hall.

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