Anza’s first Lady Lion President Margie Kohler

“Madam President” is something Margie Kohler thought she would never hear. Margie has been a Lady Lion since 1992 when the Temecula Lions received their charter. Soon after moving to Anza she transferred her membership to Anza and has been an active member here ever since. Thanks to Lion Bob Love’s nomination and with the blessing of Lion Club members, the Anza Chapter has voted in the first Lady Lion to its presidency. Her installation day was made special with Lion’s District Governor Ken Reed on hand to install Kohler on Monday, Feb. 4. In attendance were Lion Club members from her old club in Temecula to wish her well. Also installed into positions were VP Lee Cannon, Sec. Don Anderson, Treasurer John Bohme, Lion Tamer Clarence Mahnke who sells raffles, Tail Twister John Drivick who collects fines, Directors 1st Don Watson, 2nd Joel Carlisle, Bulletin – Roy Addison, and Communications- Roland Vellanoweth.

Kohler is the only Lady Lion in the Anza Chapter, a fact she would like to see change. She invites all ladies to come join her. The Lions Club is an international organization that focuses on charitable work inside their own community and the community at large.

According to the Lion’s Club International website, they have more volunteers doing more community work in more places than any service club organization.

“When it comes to meeting challenges, our response is simple: We serve. In 207 countries, in hospitals and senior centers, in regions battered by natural disaster, in schools and eyeglass recycling centers, Lions are doing community volunteer work, helping, leading, planning and supporting. Because we’re local, we can serve the unique needs of the communities we live in. And because we’re global, we can address challenges that go beyond borders.

“We want everyone to see a better tomorrow. That’s why we support sight programs and services including vision screenings, eye banks and eyeglass recycling. Provide eyecare services to those at risk of losing their sight. And raise donations through campaigns like SightFirst and Campaign SightFirst II.

“We believe everyone deserves a healthy life. From providing health programs that focus on hearing loss to supporting efforts to control and prevent diabetes, Lions volunteers are working to improve the health of children and adults around the world.

“We empower the next generation. Whether it’s providing youth volunteer opportunities and leadership experiences in a Leo club or sharing a message of peace through our Peace Poster contest, our youth programs invest in the future by reaching out to young people.

“We serve local communities – and protect the planet. From performing hands-on community work and service projects to providing emergency assistance, our community and environment programs improve our communities – and protect the environment.

“There are many ways to get involved. Here are just a few of the many opportunities to do volunteer community work when you join the Lions: Community projects; Group volunteer opportunities; Become a host family; Community disaster preparedness; Diabetes awareness; Global health programs.”

You can visit or join the Anza Chapter of the Lion’s Club on the first and third Monday of each month at the Anza Community Hall. Dinner is at 7 p.m., cost is $10 with a meeting to follow.

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