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Even Martha Washington was at the "Big 40"


Even Martha Washington was at the "Big 40"

A lively crowd – from teen chefs to senior citizens, from vision screeners to Habitat homeowner/builder, from puppy raiser to a pride of Lions – celebrated the Gravenstein Lions Club “BIG 40” Anniversary on on April 13th at the Sebastopol Masonic Lodge.  “Why, even Martha Washington was there!” exclaimed Lion Mike Mortensson, Big 40 Chair.   “Martha” was portrayed by Rachel Zierdt of Excite Instruction which brings life to social studies at local elementary schools.  Excite Instruction was one of 12 of the local Lions Club’s Partner Organizations that provided information on their programs during the celebration.  

Other groups at the BIG 40 included Ceres Project, Canine Companions, North Bay Science Challenge, Habitat for Humanity, Sebastopol Senior Center, West County School Nurses (Vison & Hearing Testing), Redwood Empire Food Bank, Sebastopol Community Center, Shoes 4 Kidz and FOGS (Friends of Guerneville School.  Refreshments were served by the Teen Chefs of the Ceres Community Project and the Analy High School Culinary Boot Camp

“Our Lions Motto is WE SERVE and we’re pleased to work with these groups and others to help people locally and worldwide” said Mortensson.  In 2015 the Lions donated over $15,000 to more than 20 organizations.  Gravenstein Lions raise funds for their many projects/programs by selling “safe & sane” fireworks in Sebastopol around Independence Day.  

The Lions also provided info on their vision, hunger, youth, environment and other program areas such as vision tests, eyeglasses collection & purchase of eyeglasses for youth and older persons in need, scholarships, “chain gang” at Analy High football games, art & social study assistance at Guerneville and Forestville elementary schools, student speaker contests, handicap ramp construction, construction of picnic tables and BBQs at Ragle Park and more.

Persons interested in learning more about Lions get a free dinner when they attend a Gravenstein Lions Club meeting held on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 7PM at the Sebastopol Masonic Lodge, 373 N. Main Street in Sebastopol.  Contact Lion Mike Mortensson, Membership Chair (707-887-2759) for more info and to make your future dinner reservation.