by: Photo by Susan Matheny - New Madras Lions CLub officers installed last week are, right to left, President Jennifer Flowers, First Vice President Dennis Hardman, Treasurer Roger Tathwell, Secretary Elaine Henderson, and tail twister/lion tamer, shared by Ollie Orcutt and Steve Keever.

   Madras Lions Club primary focus is to raise funds for those needing assistance with sight and hearing, along with serving the local community.
   The club was chartered in 1970 and currently has 23 members with a combined total of over 240 years of service.
   The longest-standing member is Sam Brown, who has been with the Madras Lions Club for 39 years.
   Madras Lions meets Wednesday's at Black Bear Restaurant at noon. Guests are always welcome to join them for lunch and the club tries to have guests speakers on the fourth Wednesday of each month.
   "We are always looking for new members and volunteers for projects," said club president Jennifer Flowers.
   On June 20, an installation of new club officers was held. The new officers are: president Jennifer Flowers, first vice president Dennis Hardman, treasurer Roger Tathwell, secretary Elaine Henderson, and tail twister/lion tamer shared by Ollie Orcutt and Steve Keever.
   Other committee positions include: membership chairman, Steve Keever; mint sales, Carolee Sherer; recycled eye glasses, Dave Wollam; sight and hearing chairman, Elaine Henderson; flag committee co-chairs, Sam Brown and Keith Sherer; program chairman, Bonnie Hughes; first grade flag chairman, Janelle Orcutt; projects and fundraisers co-chairs, Carolee Sherer and Janelle Orcutt.
   Madras Lions have been involved in several activities this year.
   Members put flags out downtown on President's Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriot Day, Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor Day, for the Jefferson County Fair Parade route, and Airshow of the Cascades gate entry.
   Community events include helping with the Red Cross Blood Mobile, Lions/Kiwanis/MAC Basketball, Mobile Health Screening Unit (Vision and Hearing screening) for sixth-graders, Mobile Health Screening Unit (Vision, Hearing, Blood Pressure, and Diabetes screening) at the Community in the Park Event, collecting eye glasses and hearing aides for recycling, distributing flags to first-graders, helping with the Airshow gate entry, doing Umpiring and score-keeping for Adult Softball, and providing gifts from Santa for children/seniors.
   Besides Sam Brown, other longtime members include Don Reeder, 30 years; Clint Jacks, 25 years; and Keith Sherer and Elaine Henderson, 19 years each.
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