January 28, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact: Lee Martin, Lions Club of San Felipe B.C.
577-2863 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LIONS CLUB OF SAN FELIPE, B.C. IS OFFICIAL
San Felipe, B.C., Mexico
The newly formed Lions Club of San Felipe, B.C. received
Charter status at a dinner meeting on Friday night, January
26 at the Los Arcos Restaurant in San Felipe. Dignitaries of
Lions International from Mexico and the United States were
on hand to witness the induction of 71 officers and members
into the International Club.
The San Felipe club joins Lions District B-1, which includes
the cities of Tijuana, Ensenada, Mexicali, San Luis, Guaymas
In his opening statement, Gary Dilley, president of the new
Club, expressed his gratitude for all the hard work the
Lions have done over the past three months in getting the
Club to the charter point.
He introduced the Honorable Vincente Martinez, Governor of
B-1 District Lions, who performed the induction. Martinez
said that inducting over 70 charter members into the Club is
an historic occasion as it holds the largest chartered
membership in the Baja.
Alice Tana, Governor 4-L6 from the San Diego and Imperial
County Lions. also played a large part in the induction
ceremonies. She thanked the local Lions, calling the event a
very exciting and auspicious occasion. In installing its
officers, she gave each a brief description of their duties.
San Felipe officers and Board members are Gary Dilley,
President; Cliff White, Vice-President; Elayne Caldwell,
Secretary and Robin Kissee, Treasurer. The Board includes
following Committee Chairpersons who are also members of the
Board of Directors: Projects, Tom O'Neill; Membership, Bob
Lux and Raphael Navarro; and Fundraising Chairs, Horacio
Aleman, Lee Martin, Debbie Lux and Sheri Pollack.
Principal speaker, Governor Martinez, honored Guide Lions
Frank Marquez, Heber, California, and Salvador Sanchez,
Mexicali, for advising the new San Felipe Club. He
congratulated the California, Arizona and Baja Lions, for
helping to bring the two countries of the United States and
In his keynote address, Governor Martinez asked all members
to be actively involved in providing services to the local
community. He added that we must strive to identify the
talents that each member possesses and where their interests
lie. He also stressed that it is important that more and
more women join the Lions clubs in their area.
The festive evening ended with a raffle of gifts presented
to the Club; including a beautiful wine and cheese basket, a
bath set and pizza baking stone from the 4L6 Lions and a
50/50 drawing. Alice Tana also presented President Dilley
with a monetary gift from the Brawley Lions Club.
New members are encouraged. Contact any member of the club
and they will gladly sign you up. Lion's projects this year
include organizing and coordinating an upcoming visit by The
Flying Samaritans, a medical team who will be treating local
people who cannot obtain regular medical care. A Poker walk
in town on March 17 and a golf tournament sometime in the
spring are being planned to help fund services to the local
The Club joins the 1,300 Lions in District B and there are
13,000 Lions in Mexico.