The Naches Lions Club was chartered in 1949, one of the first in this area, with 33 original members. The number of active members has been pretty consistent over the years... usually between 30 and 40 or so. Most of the Naches Valley's key citizens have been part of our club over the years.
Our longest running service activity is the annual Sportsman's Days Festival. This great little bit of small-town-Americana is still the highlight of the year for Naches Valley folks. In recent years we have encouraged more participation and leadership of this event from other groups and individuals in Naches. As a result, the celebration gets ever better each year!
Other major accomplishments and services we have provided over the years include:
Veterans' Memorial at Depot Park
High School Football field lighting
Picnic Shelters at Depot Park
Easter Egg Hunt
Halloween Hot Dogs in the bandstand
Assistance with glasses and other sight- and hearing-related needs
Special assistance to handicapped and special-needs students
Assistance to families in need of a ramp, a roof or other home improvement
Annual scholarships to Naches Valley students
Town decorations - especially at Christmas (the ONLY fresh Christmas greens decorating public streets in any town we know of!)
Hospital equipment (beds, wheelchairs, etc.) for needy neighbors
Each year we elect a Board of Directors and Officers from our membership. For 2017-18, they include:
President: Aaron Roberts
Vice President: Bill Davis
Vice President: Don Culton
Secretary: Jim Gillie
Treasurer: John McGowan
Tail Twister: Patty Davis
Lion Tamer: Dan Sperry
Board Member at large: Ron Freeze
Board Member at large: Ted Cowan
Board Member at large: John Strong
Board Member at large: Patty Davis
Other club members fulfill important responsibilities in the organization, as committee chairs.
As part of the largest service organization in the world, there are other ways you may find to provide service. Lions clubs around the world cooperate in efforts to bring health, safety, and education to many millions of people.
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) - Every day, LCIF works to fulfill our mission: "To support the efforts of Lions clubs and partners in serving communities locally and globally, giving hope and impacting lives through humanitarian service projects and grants."