The Jackson Township Lions Club held its 57th Charter Night dinner meeting at the Embassy Suites on Sept. 7 to celebrate its continued service to the community.
Officers for the year are President Gary Wenning; First Vice President John Whitmer; Second Vice President Larry Baylor; Third Vice President Rita Burchett; Secretary Ralph Manning; Treasurer Mark Hudak; Lion Tamer Larry Wallman; Tail Twister John Summers; and Directors Jarry Persinger, Joe Slade, Bill Duell and Jim Zwick.
The Club, chartered in September 1960, is a worldwide service organization of more than 1.4 million men and woman. The basic focus of Lions is programs in sight conservation and the Jackson Township Lions Club is busy throughout the year in youth and adult eye screenings. The Club also is involved in the local community in awarding scholarship and grants to aid programs for youth and adults.
Guest Speaker for the dinner was 1968 Timken High School alum Kathy Prosser Bovard. She was the 2017 Ohio School Board Association Proud Product of Ohio Schools Award winner for achieving success in her career. Bovard worked for U. S. Sen John Glenn for nearly 13 years. She held various roles in his career in government, eventually becoming his chief of staff. Bovard traced Glenn’s career - his war missions in WWII and Korea; his speed record across the US in 1957; first earth orbits in space in 1962; and an unsuccessful run for US president in 1984. Her memories of Glenn are a person who throughout his political career was somebody who morally was similar in ideals as Lions Club International. This led to the naming of Port Columbus Airport, after his death in 2016, to John Glenn International Airport.
The next fundraiser project of the Jackson Township Lions Club is a reverse raffle at Massillon Eagles on Weirich Blvd. NW in Massillon on Oct. 14. Grand Prize is $2,500. Ticket cost is $100 and are available from any Lions Club member. Only 100 will be sold and winner need not be present.