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Lions Club hosts first-ever women’s forum

By Staff | Jan 22, 2020
PHOTO PROVIDED District Governor Claudette Henry speaks.
PHOTO PROVIDED Attendees at the first-ever Women’s Lions Club Forum.

The Sanibel Captiva Lions Club hosted its first-ever Lions Women’s Forum on Jan. 8.

The club has been around for 53 years, but only eight of its 35 members are women. Membership Chairman Steve Schulz wanted to get more women involved and thought sponsoring a forum may help attract potential members, who could learn from the members and find out how they got involved.

Several women from District 35-I – 48 clubs from Everglades City to Lakeland – attended the forum, including District Gov. Claudette Henry. A Lion for 11 years, she told her story of how at first women were in a separate Women’s Lions Club. When accepted into the “regular” club, Henry volunteered to be a vice president and learned leadership roles quickly when the president became ill and she had to takeover.

Margie Gillette, of the Bonita Springs club, showed a film clip from 1987 when women were voted in and allowed to become Lions. Previously they had to be in separate Lioness clubs. Gillette also pointed out that Lions International has had a woman president, unlike other service organizations. Fort Myers Club President Patty Strong and Diane Clifton, of the Fort Myers Beach Club, related stories of the Shrimp Festival Parade, which Clifton has chaired the last 12 years.

For more information, contact Schulz at 239-233-6261 or visit sanibelcaptivalions.org.