“We need to grow our club and get new people in. That’s our biggest thing is to help get new members.”
— Donna Johnson, new president of the Craig Lions Club
Al Shepherd, former president of the Craig Lions Club, said he isn’t sad about stepping down from his post.
“Oh, no,” he said. “I’m the treasurer this year, so I’m not really out of it.”
On July 1, Craig resident Donna Johnson assumed the position.
Johnson relocated to Craig from Granby with her husband in July 2010. She owns and operates Technical Support Services, a business that provides safety classes in first-aid and CPR.
She is also vice president of the Women’s Auxiliary at the Mark Anthony Evans-Lawton American Legion Post 62.
Johnson’s involvement in the Lions Club began three years ago, when she lived in Collbran, she said.
“A friend of mine heard that Lions Club does a lot of community service work, and she said, ‘Let’s go to a meeting,’” Johnson said. “Halfway through the meeting, I said, ‘What does it take to join?’”
Lions Club International has 45,000 clubs and 1.35 million members worldwide, according to its website.
Its mission is to “empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions Clubs,” the website states.
In Craig, the Lions Club provides annual eyesight screenings to about 600 children ages 1 to 6. The organization also hosts the annual 9Health Fair, which serves hundreds of area residents every spring.
Currently, the club has 22 members.
Johnson said she’ll work to change that.
“We need to grow our club and get new people in,” she said. “That’s our biggest thing is to help get new members.”
Joining the organization is easy, she said. No invitation is necessary.
“We have an open policy,” she said. “Every Tuesday at noon at the Golden Cavvy we have lunch. Anyone who would like to join (the club) can come have lunch on us.”
Shepherd said many people harbor misconceptions about the Lions Club.
“Younger people think it’s an older organization, but it isn’t,” he said. “You can be a Lion from 18 years of age.
“We’re very definitely volunteers, and it very definitely needs to be younger people.”
The club also welcomes women. Johnson joins a list of women who have served as president of the local chapter.
“We’ve actually had several women presidents,” he said. “It used to be that women weren’t even allowed in the organization, but that changed in the 80s.”
Johnson said the Craig Lions Club is a welcoming environment.
“They’re very close-knit and very much community oriented,” she said. “They’re very interested in helping the community, especially the children.”
On July 1, the club also named April Camp its new vice president.