San Felipe, Baja, Mexico




Lions Club International Mission Statement
To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation.

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San Felipe, B.C., Mexico

The newly formed Lions Club of San Felipe, B.C. received Charter status at a dinner meeting on Friday night, January 26 at the Los Arcos Restaurant in San Felipe. Dignitaries of Lions International from Mexico and the United States were on hand to witness the induction of 71 officers and members into the International Club.

The San Felipe club joins Lions District B-1, which includes the cities of Tijuana, Ensenada, Mexicali, San Luis, Guaymas and Nogales.

In his opening statement, Gary Dilley, president of the new Club, expressed his gratitude for all the hard work the Lions have done over the past three months in getting the Club to the charter point. He introduced the Honorable Vincente Martinez, Governor of B-1 District Lions, who performed the induction. Martinez said that inducting over 70 charter members into the Club is an historic occasion as it holds the largest chartered membership in the Baja.

Alice Tana, Governor 4-L6 from the San Diego and Imperial County Lions, also played a large part in the induction ceremonies. She thanked the local Lions, calling the event a very exciting and auspicious occasion. In installing its officers, she gave each a brief description of their duties. San Felipe officers and Board members are Gary Dilley, President; Cliff White, Vice-President; Elayne Caldwell, Secretary and Robin Kissee, Treasurer. The Board includes the following Committee Chairpersons who are also members of the Board of Directors: Projects, Tom O'Neill; Membership, Bob Lux and Raphael Navarro; and Fundraising Chairs, Horacio Aleman, Lee Martin, Debbie Lux and Sheri Pollack.

Principal speaker, Governor Martinez, honored Guide Lions Frank Marquez, Heber, California, and Salvador Sanchez, Mexicali, for advising the new San Felipe Club. He congratulated the California, Arizona and Baja Lions, for helping to bring the two countries of the United States and Mexico together.

In his keynote address, Governor Martinez asked all members to be actively involved in providing services to the local community. He added that we must strive to identify the talents that each member possesses and where their interests lie. He also stressed that it is important that more and more women join the Lions clubs in their area.

The festive evening ended with a raffle of gifts presented to the Club; including a beautiful wine and cheese basket, a bath set and pizza baking stone from the 4L6 Lions and a 50/50 drawing. Alice Tana also presented President Dilley with a monetary gift from the Brawley Lions Club. New members are encouraged. Contact any member of the club and they will gladly sign you up. Lion's projects this year include organizing and coordinating an upcoming visit by The
Flying Samaritans, a medical team who will be treating local people who cannot obtain regular medical care. A Poker walk in town on March 17 and a golf tournament sometime in the spring are being planned to help fund services to the local community.

The Club joins the 1,300 Lions in District B and there are 13,000 Lions in Mexico.

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Lions Club Press Release – January 2009
Article by Kathy Preppernau

As The San Felipe BC Lions Club looks ahead to 2009 we are thankful for all that our club has been able to accomplish this past year and we enter the new year with great anticipation and excitement as we continue to work towards giving back to the community we call home. Our motto, “We Serve”, is at the heart of all we do and our growing active club of nearly 100 members proudly feels the responsibility of making it happen here in San Felipe.

Our rewarding work with the Flying Samaritan’s, a dedicated group of medical professionals and private pilots from Modesto, CA, continues. On their last trip here in October “The Sam’s” with the assistance of some of our local medical professionals preformed 6 orthopedic and cosmetic surgeries for the most needy of prescreened patients. They will be returning again in February to do eye surgeries again for those in need here in San Felipe who would otherwise not be able to afford them. Our goals in the San Felipe BC Lions Club follow those of the Lions Club International goals world wide to bring needed medical care to the visually impaired. Since our Club teamed up with the Flying Sam’s we have done over 750 eye exams and eyeglass fittings and assisted in 47 surgical procedures, at no cost to our community.

The progress of our other community project, The Sonshine Hacienda Home for Children, is moving along with the addition of the roof to the two dormitory wings on November 14th. The next step is the second floor on the back building that will house the administrative offices and living quarters for the director and assistant director. The San Felipe BC Lions Club is pleased to be a part of this mission that will one day be the home to 50 abused, abandoned or orphaned children providing a safe, stable and healthy environment for them to grow. Donations of funding and labor come from all over the US, Canada and Mexico through churches and other Lions Clubs as well individuals such as our own members who that have been lead to support this mission.

Funds from our November Lions Club Turkey Trot Poker Walk went to the Sonshine Hacienda as will funds from our primary fund raising event….the Lions Club annual Blues and Arts Fiesta which will be held on March 28, 2009 at the baseball field again this year. Sponsorship packages and tickets are already available for the Fiesta which will be even bigger than last year’s event. More bands, more artists, more fun. You won’t want to miss it so mark your calendars now and go on line to to get all the details. You can also purchase you tickets online. To get more information about how you can help support Sonshine Hacienda go to

We are a growing club working hard to help those less fortunate in our community. You can help us help others by participating in our events. Every hamburger or hot dog you purchase from our “Paws that Refresh” food wagon helps us to reach those in need. You can visit the Paws every Saturday at the Swap Meet.

If you are interested in finding out more about us and what we’re doing you are welcome to join us at one of our meetings. The San Felipe BC Lions Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM at Cliff and Sue’s Los Arcos Restaurant.

For those who are interested in getting involved in a service organization in San Felipe, we welcome guests to our meetings held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at Cliff & Sue’s Los Archos Restaurant at 6:00 PM. The San Felipe B C Lions Club is a “smoke free” meeting and we invite you to join us.


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