Shirlee Gibbs is the 63rd President of the Pacifica Lions Clubs to be installed at Nick’s Restaurant where they have been meeting since the club was formed in 1949.
Lion Shirlee Gibbs was installed by Past District Governor Don Stanaway. Past District Governor Don had also installed her husband, Chris Gibbs as club president in 1981. Shirlee was a Lioness since 1974 and in 2004 with 4 other Lioness, transferred to the Lions club. She has also been actively involved with the restoration of the Little Brown Church since 2005 and a member of the Laureate Alpha Pi.
President Shirlee’s theme for the year is Community Service. She stated during her acceptance speech “Whether behind the scenes or through public demonstration
of concern, the members of the Pacifica Lions Club have made our support for the community a priority. Our involvement, since the charter of the club in 1949, in the heart of Pacifica is evident in the generations of Pacificans.”
Also installed was Steve Hansel as secretary, Emil Kantola as treasurer, Lions Sherry Hansel and Lee Dedini as vice presidents. Michael Giusto was installed as the Tail Twister and Joe LaRoche as Lion Tamer. The board of directors are: Arnie Benjamin, Barbara Fields, Jim Gilchrist, Alan Hale, Yvonne Kantola and Nancy Pope.
Michael Kantola was inducted as a new member by his father, Past Council Chair Emil Kantola.
The club is excited to work on upcoming projects with diabetes and measles. President Shirlee explained “This is a natural extension of Lions dedication to preventing blindness and improving health. Measles vaccinations are one of the most inexpensive health interventions available today, costing less than $1.00. Yet measles outbreaks are on the rise worldwide, including recently in Indiana and other parts of the United States. Each day 450 children, in the world, die from measles. Lions are committed to eliminating this disease.”
For more information about serving the community, please contact Lion Shirlee Gibbs at 355-6625 or email at PacificaLions@gmail.com. Interested in learning more about the club? Come join us at Nick’s every 2nd Monday at 7:30.