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Sanibel Captiva Lions Club installs 2018-2019 officers

By Staff | Jul 27, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED The Sanibel Captiva Lions Club elected Bob Kern, right, as president; Jon Ahlin as second vice-president; Bill Sartoris as second vice-president; and Steve Schulz as third vice-president.

The Sanibel Captiva Lions Club elected Bob Kern as president for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

Kern has been an active member of the club for the past 12 years.

He spent time in the construction world, primarily involved as an iron worker and sub-contractor erecting structural steel and precast concrete in the Chicago area. He and his wife Lyn, a new Lion, moved to Minneapolis, where he worked in the computer business with a worldwide territory.

“I am looking forward to leading various projects and continuing the Sanibel Captiva Lion Club’s commitment to serving the community,” Kern, who is a year-round Sanibel resident, said.

In addition, the club elected Jon Ahlin, who has three years of service, as first vice-president; Bill Sartoris, who has nine years of service, as second vice-president; and Steve Schulz, who has one year of service, as third vice-president.

Ahlin grew up in Massachusetts and attended Massachusetts Maritime Academy, after which he spent 46 years at sea. He first came to Sanibel in 1976 and purchased a condo with his brother for a winter home. He also purchased properties in Massachusetts and the Lee County area. He and his wife live in a home he purchased in 1994.

“Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion,” Ahlin said. “We’re men and women serving in more than 200 countries and geographic areas as part of the largest service club organization in the world, Lions Club International. We work to make a difference in our local communities.”

Sartoris and his wife have owned a home on Sanibel for almost 20 years, becoming full-time residents three years ago. Prior to retiring, he was a faculty member in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Sartoris was also a faculty member at the University of Kentucky and worked for NASA. He is active in the Lions vision screening program and has been co-chair of the annual Arts and Crafts Fair for the last three years.

Schulz and his wife has been a full-time Sanibel residents for the past eight years, but purchased his home in 2000. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in speech, communication and theater. Schulz resided in North Carolina and Arizona for 13 years each. He has been with Best Buy for the past 23 years and handles merchandising for the Coconut Point Mall location.

The club also elected Rick Wagner as treasurer. He runs the Recycle For Sight program and acts as the club’s webmaster. He and his wife moved to Sanibel in 2015 and have become very active in the community. Wagner spent most of his professional career working for a global industrial gas and chemical company serving in varied financial, accounting and treasury management roles.

The Sanibel Captiva Lions Club meets on the third Wednesday of every month at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Cocktails and appetizers at 6 p.m., followed by dinner catered by the Sanibel Catering Co. at 7 p.m. Visiting Lions and others interested in attending are welcome.

To make a reservation for the dinner meeting, contact membership chairman Steve Schulz at stevenschulz@comcast.net or 239-233-6261. For more on the club, visit sanibelcaptivalions.org.