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Mt. Hood Lions Club: Mountain Roar

By Lion, Milt Fox

Mt. Hood Lions Club: Mountain Roar

We held our annual election at the April 10th meeting. The following Lions were elected to serve during the 2024/2025 year: President Dave Anderson, first Vice President Cari Gesch, second Vice President Erin Midgett, third Vice President Marc Closner, Secretary Patti Buoy, Treasurer Margaret Downen, Tail Twister Jim Espenel, Lion Tamer Greg Martin, one-year Director Katie Wirth, one-year Director Mike Casley, two-year Director Carrie Clark, two-year Director Lindsey Costanich, House Manager Brett Waner, and Immediate Past President Tyler Lehmann.

Thank you for attending our annual Scholarship Dinner, held Saturday April 13th. We had a nice turnout of 150-plus happy customers. The dinner was chaired by Lion Craig Calvert and prepared by his crew of hard working Lions. Proceeds from this dinner help with funding for our scholarship program. These scholarships are for Oregon Trail School District graduates who are also graduates of Welches School.
We thank St. Michaels Catholic Church for the use of kitchenware; we also thank Mountain Building Supply, Welches Clackamas County Bank, Whistle Stop Tavern, and Coffee House 26 for the sale of our tickets.
Lion Dan Wolf conducted the initiation ceremony for several new Lions at our April 27th meeting. New members were treated to a free steak dinner.

Our Last Bingo night for the season will be Friday May10th. Thank you all for a great year.
Coming up!

Swimming Lessons Dinner
Please plan to attend a wonderful Mexican dinner in support of our Swimming Lessons program on Saturday June 1st. Happy hour starts at 4:30pm, dinner hours are from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. The menu includes chicken fajitas, rice, beans, salsa and tortillas. Tickets at the door are $10.00 for kids 10 and under and $20.00 for adults. Special adult presale tickets are available for $18.00 at Mountain Building Supply, Welches Clackamas County Bank, Whistle Stop Tavern and Coffee House 26 or ask any Lion. This event is chaired by Lion Nolberto Perez. We will also be offering several raffle items including a private Pool Party certificate (a value of $500), donated by Camp Arrah Wanna. Please come and enjoy.
Free Swimming Lessons

Because of popular demand and with the help of our friends at Camp Arrah Wanna our Free Swimming Lessons program will be back again this year. Lessons will be held at the Camp Arrah Wanna pool. We are able to offer these lessons free of charge to Welches School students and local Mountain children. Lessons will begin on Monday June 17th and last through Friday June 21st; lessons will begin again on Monday June 24th and last through Friday June 28th. We are planning to offer beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons. Exact times will be scheduled and families contacted. Our Swimming Lessons Program is chaired by Lion David Buoy, and Lion Patti Buoy is heading up the registration of students. She will be sending out and posting the registration forms the first week in May. We are limited to 90 students and the first completed registration forms will be first on the list. If necessary, we will have a waiting list. Additional details in next month’s column.

From our Health Committee
We are planning to offer another Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday September 28th – more to come. From Lion Katie Wirth of our Health Committee, we are working with “Femforward” to bring their Mobile Health Clinic to our club. The information on provided services can be found on their website. Making appointments can be made through the website, by texting or calling. Our first clinic will be offered on Friday June 28th. They will start with one Friday each month, depending on the need, since they can see up to 14 patients in a day. Please watch for our advertising, with additional information in next month’s column.
Remember we have a Mt. Hood Lions Club website! Check it out – it has news about upcoming fundraisers, club projects, and other information about the club. Go to or
Happy 73rd Anniversary to “The Lions Club of Mt. Hood!. We were chartered May 11th, 1951 with 38 charter members. Our club was sponsored by the Roseway Lions Club of Portland.

A special thanks to our community for supporting our club by attending our fundraisers and supporting our projects for the past 73 years. Thank you all very much!

This year’s Chuckwagon Breakfast will be held on Saturday July 6th and Sunday July 7th.
We’ll keep you informed on this and other events in future columns. It’s great to be a Lion!

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