Etcetera - 08/05/10

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The 2010 College Place Lions Club has a new face both inside its building and with new club officers, according to Crystal Walk, newly elected president.

The installation of new tile and fresh paint are making the College Place Lions Club glow. "We ... painted all the walls inside our building. It's beautiful and shiny," Crystal said.

The College Place and Eastgate Lions clubs meet in the Dethman Memorial Building, named for former College Place Police Chief Bill Dethman.

It's been a meeting and gathering place for the town since the 1970s, a release from the club noted.

Members of the Marcus Whitman Gem and Mineral Society convene there. And townspeople often rent the building for weddings, quinceaneras, reunions and other functions.

Money from building rentals help fund Lions service projects.

Past Lions President Dave Nichols has been attending College Place Lions meetings since 1962, when the club was chartered.

He said, "This town shows evidence of years of Lions service to community. The Sager School flagpole, Main Street Christmas decorations, Davon Ballfield and the Lions Park picnic shelters are but a few of the Lions club community projects."

The Lions Club's major emphasis is providing help to people with vision-related problems. Lions also sponsors a Boy Scout Troop and support Eagle Scout projects from across the Blue Mountain Scout District.

Crystal added, "Whether its participating in community events, supporting worthy causes or helping people see better, the Lions Club is a great way and a fun way to be involved in our community."

New officers0 for 2010-2011 were inducted on July 28. Crystal will serve with David Walk and Ronda Wilder, vice presidents; Jerry Davis, secretary; Jan Gorman, treasurer; David Nichols, tail twister; Eula Sinden, retention; Susanne Davis, membership officer; and Travis Wilder, lion tamer.

The 18-member College Place Club is small but active and is working to increase membership, David Walk said.

"Officially, membership is by invitation, but people who are interested in serving can and do drop in on our meetings."

Membership is open to people of legal age, good moral character and good reputation in the community, David said.

The club's primary mission is to assist the vision impaired in the community and the world.

Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays.

For more details, call 509-200-0109 or 509-525-4810 or go to sites.google.com/site/collegeplacelions/ .

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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