By Bev Odom
The Red River Sun
WELLINGTON – Boss Lion Rex Henard welcomed guests Holly Landess, Diann Williams and District 2-T1 Governor Henry Wyckoff along with the members to the May 17 meeting of the Wellington Lions Club. The crowd gathered at 7 p.m. at the fellowship hall of the Methodist Church.
Lions Jeff Pastor and Bev Odom led the pledges, and Lion Nancy Harris offered the invocation. Accompanied by Lion Harris on the piano, Lion Pastor led in singing “The Yellow Rose of Texas.” Brook Martin catered the meal.
Landess presented information on Parkview Manor Assisted Living where she serves as the director. With 16 apartments available, 11 are occupied at this time. She encourages those that want to visit a friend to please call and make an appointment, and various COVID-19 precautions are still in place but evolving.
Sweetheart Dani Ponder thanked the club for the support when her granddad died and for the scholarship. She will be headed back to summer training with the Texas Army National Guard at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. before she begins classes at Texas Tech University Honors College in August.
Also in attendance, new sweetheart Marlene Jantes explained that she is exempt from final exams as she is number one academically in the junior class. She will be traveling to Branson, Mo. with the Rocket Regiment the last week in May.
“Henryism” is how Wyckoff has described his year as governor of District 2-T1. He has excelled during his term with an increase in membership due to two new clubs, the Amarillo Lions SPUR Club with a focus on disaster relief and the Panhandle Kids Count Club in support of children with special needs.
District 2-T1, which covers the 26 counties of the Panhandle, is growing despite national and state trends showing a membership decrease. For his efforts, Wyckoff has been asked to speak at the 103rd Lions Clubs International’s first-ever virtual convention.
Wyckoff is fulfilling his goal of serving a meal to first responders in each community with a Lions Club. Collingsworth County’s will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, June 14 at the Wellington Emergency Medical Service barn.
Other Lions present included Larrie and Lyndy Black, Nita Day, Fraya Hammons, Amy Henard, Melanie McLain, Neal Odom, Alice Pastor, Noemi Pena, Keli Ponder, Linda Powell, Rudie and Karon Tate, Lindy Thomas and Margret Wood.
Lions Club International, the largest service organization in the world, has approximately 1.4 million members worldwide, each working in their community to live up to the Lions motto, “We serve.”
Chartered in November 1970 by the Samnorwood Lions Club, the Wellington organization maintains around 30 members. Summer meetings are at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of June, July and August. For information on visiting a club meeting or becoming a member, contact Lion Bev Odom, membership chairman, at 806-205-1322.