On June 6, the Tracy Breakfast Lions Club installed its 2019-20 officers at a social and dinner at the local Moose Lodge.
Dave McClanahan is replacing Jack Guzman as president and began his duties Monday. Serving with the incoming president are Melvin Olivera, vice president; Roy Patterson, treasurer; Greg Bidlack, secretary; Wes Huffman, tail twister; and Rick Hanson, lion tamer. The board of directors for the year will be Jim Noah, Dick Spence, Ron Yerian, Gene Birk, Roger Traina, Richard Bulger and Mickey McGuire.
During the 2018-19 year, under Guzman’s leadership, the club generated more than $40,000 in various fundraiser activities. The club donated more than $36,000 of that money to support college scholarships; Tracy High School athletic programs, specifically the football, girls basketball and track teams; the Tracy High auto program; the Tracy High FFA program; the Lions All Star Football Game; and various community organizations: Tracy Interfaith Ministries, Tracy Crime Stoppers, Tracy Volunteer Caregivers, Santa’s Helpers, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tracy, the Tracy Sister City Youth Exchange Program and the Salvation Army.
The club also donated to the Melvin Jones Fellowship, the Helen Keller Fellowship organizations, the Lions Eye Foundation and the Lions Foundation for fire relief in California.
The club operated the Tracy High football snack shack at all home football games in 2018-19 and provided fundraiser pancake breakfasts for the West High football program, Bethany School in Mountain House and Banta School in Banta. The club also supported the Jefferson-Monticello school carnival with a barbecue at their fall festival. And 30 members of the club presented 1,976 U.S. flags and flag information to 28 elementary schools in our area this year.
The July Fourth pancake breakfast continues to be the largest community event in the club’s service year.