Patterson native Jarod Lara has been installed as president of the Patterson Lions Club for 2017-2018.
Lara, a 9-year-member of the club, has held the offices of vice president and board member. He has also served as co-chairman of the Sacred Heart School/ Lions Club Fish Fry.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Michael Lara, and late grandfather, Richard Lara, he has lent his time and cooking skills to Lions events.
“Lions is a good way to help the community and have fun at the same time,” Lara said.
Lara added that while the Lions club focus is on community service, they are looking for more.
“We plan to help local groups throughout the year as we have in the past, but this year the club is in search of a bigger project that will enhance the community into the future,” Lara said.
Patterson Lions Club 2017-2018 Board Members are first-year directors, Paul Corona and Shawn Monnin; second-year year directors, J.D. Jordan and Clay Thorkelson and cooking chairman, Mike Lara.
Past president, Tom Brudnicki; Membership chairman, Jim Cox; lion tamer, Richard Gerety; tail twister, Mark Kuhn; treasurer, Jerry Hoxie; secretary, Adrian Patterson; third vice president, Richie Barbaste; second vice president, Bobby Yamamoto; first vice president, Clayton Hoobler and president, Jarod Lara.
Right now, the Lions local fundraising events are Lions Club/ Sacred Heart School Fish Frys during Lenten season, Chicken Barbecue during the Apricot Fiesta and a dinner/auction in the fall.
Money raised locally by the Lions goes to American Heritage Girls, Boy Scouts of America, Patterson area schools and Patterson Recognizing Individuals Determined to Excel (PRIDE) scholarship program.
Annually, Lions Club members join with Soroptimist International of Patterson to cook and distribute breakfast to those who participate in the Patterson American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
The local Lions also give time and money to Camp Pacifica in Mariposa County, a camp for deaf and blind children.
Melvin Jones started Lions Clubs in 1917. Today, there are more than 1.4 million Lions Club members in 46,000 countries, all with the same goal of serving their communities and helping those in need.
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