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SanCap Lions Club Visited by 2nd Vice District Governor

By Staff | Jan 25, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Second Vice District Gov. Lion “Chip” Kunka speaks to the Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club.

The Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club hosted 2nd Vice District Gov. Blair “Chip” Kunka at its Jan. 16 meeting at The Community House on Sanibel.

Kunka updated the club on the 2019 goals of District Gov. Ken Engstrom. They include growing membership, retaining members and thinking beyond the horizon.

Sight is undoubtedly one of the Lion’s defining causes. The SanCap Lions collect thousands of used eyeglasses each year as part of its Recycle for Sight program. The club has long offered complimentary health screenings for adults and raised funds for charity through its Arts & Crafts Fair, Christmas tree sale and more.

“We are proud of our club’s 50 years of service to the community and grateful to everyone who contributes to our important work,” President Bob Kern. “You are truly making a difference in many lives.”

Kunka pointed out that women are the single fastest growing segment of members for the Lions Club International organization. He has been a Lion for 44 years and his wife, Jan, is also an active Lion.

Kunka will be a second generation district governor as his father served in 1975-76. He is a Melvin Jones Fellow, a life member of the Florida Lions Foundation for the Blind and has received a Presidential Certificate of Appreciation and a Presidential Excellence Medal. He was named Lion of the Year by the Past District Governors Association.

“We appreciate Lions Chip and Jan visiting us,” Kern said. “They are always full of energy and have a true passion for the Lions. We also send our thoughts out to District Gov. Lion Ken, who recently suffered a heart attack which kept him from visiting us. He is under care and reportedly doing well.”

The Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month, with a guest speaker at the first monthly meeting. Social hour with appetizers begins at 6 p.m., with the meeting at 7 p.m. Visiting Lions and anyone interested in becoming a Lion are welcome.

For more information, visit online at sanibelcaptivalions.org.