Maben Lions Club inducts new member

By Jane Collins Maben Lions Club

MABEN — Rose Coffey-Graham has been inducted into the Maben Lions Club by Past District Gov. James Norton.

She is sponsored by Pat Harpole, the club’s membership chair. Rose is active in many civic organizations and is eager to participate in the many activities of the Lions Club.

She has been seen in the newspapers often with her work as a GED instructor, the 4-H organization Controllers Generation II and her own “Let It Rip” group that focuses on wellness and exercise for its members.

New officers for the Lions year 2012-13 were installed on the same day: Barry Cole, president; Shawn Nygard, first vice president; Ed James, second vice president; Anne Earnest, secretary-treasurer; Nellie Blade, recording secretary and membership chairperson; Earl Blade, Lions tamer; Rob Collins, tail twister; directors Lavenia Yeatman, Scarlet Sheperd, Rob Collins and Anne Earnest; and public relations and immediate past president, Jane Collins.

This past year the Maben Lions Club has offered assistance to victims of the 2011 tornadoes, collected more than 100 pairs of eyeglasses to be recycled, conducted sight screenings for almost 600 individuals, purchased eyeglasses for people in need; sponsored the Punt, Pass and Kick contest for public school students ages 8 to 15, purchased 1,000 loblolly pine trees to be planted in storm-damaged areas in Webster County, sent three West Oktibbeha students to leadership conferences; awarded two academic scholarships to East Webster seniors going to Mississippi universities and volunteered to monitor the halls at West Oktibbeha High School during the 10 days of state testing in May.

If you are interested in rolling up your sleeves and getting to work in the community consider joining a local Lions Club, the largest service organization in the world.