Manila Lions welcome District Governor

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Manila Lions welcomed Norm Moyer, District Governor, to the Wednesday meeting.

Lion District Gov. Norm Moyer

Lion President Wendell Poteet presided over a short business meeting discussing the upcoming Big Lake Chili Cook-off and 5K run/walk scheduled for Oct. 5.

To pre-register for the second annual Chili Pepper 5K run/walk persons can log on to or There is also paper registration available by calling (870) 561-4417 (ask for Tony); or participants can sign up the morning of the race.

Benefits from the run/walk will go to scholarships. Anyone pre-registering through Sept. 25 is guaranteed a tee shirt. Registration for the walk/run is $25; and $30 after Oct. 1. Morning sign-ups will be held between 6:45 to 7:45 in front of Southbank on main street. The event will begin at 8 a.m.

A chili cook-off will be held with chili teams ready to start serving at 10 a.m. To sign up for a craft or chili cooking booth, registration forms are available from any Lion member. For more information or to pick up registration forms call Tom Jaco at 243-4042, or Crowell at 561-4417. Chili cooking teams and craft booth fees are $30. Proceeds from the chili cook-off go toward Lion Club sponsored events including helping provide eye glasses to area children, Christmas baskets for community families and community service.

There will be entertainment throughout the day. Judging will be held with money prizes presented to the first, second and third place senior division teams, along with trophies for junior teams, People's Choice trophy, and showmanship awards.

President Wendell Poteet introduced the District Governor who spoke briefly to the Lions Club on goals he would like to see accomplished including four new clubs in the District, new members, and more Leo Clubs established.

He shared his recent trip to Germany for the International Lions Convention.

"This year's theme is Follow Your Dream," Gov. Moyer said. "I will be glad to help with recruitment any way I can. I also want to know about your events so we can share your information on our website. We want to promote your club. Our state numbers are down but our District is number one in the state."

He spoke of projects the club can sponsor and his goals.

"I would like to see four new clubs formed this year," he said. "I am hoping for 70 new members in our District."

He complimented the Manila Lions Club in organizing the Leo Club.

"I would like to meet with them in the future," he said. "We would like to see a Leo Club District Council formed. "

Lion Moyer said he is looking forward to serving the District.

The Manila Lions Club meets on Wednesday at noon at the Manila Depot Center and welcomes new members who are interested in serving the community.

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