District governor inducts new Columbus Lions

Published 1:12 pm Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Columbus Lions members are (from left): Jane Torres, District Governor George Suggs, Jim and Karen Diggs. (photo submitted)

Lions District Governor George Suggs recently inducted three new members into the Columbus Lions Club. The first, Jane Torres, had been president of her Lions club in Skowhegan, Maine, before moving to Columbus to be near her sister. In Maine, she worked with the Area Agencies on Aging and helped raise nine stepchildren. She is currently a resident services activity associate at Tryon Estates.

Two additional new members, Jim and Karen Diggs, are Ohio natives who moved to Landrum for Jim’s work at Timken. Karen is a registered nurse and does pre-surgery testing at Mary Black Hospital in Spartanburg. After Jim’s retirement from Timken he began playing golf with Lion Ed Weeks who became the sponsor for both Jim and Karen.

In addition to the induction ceremony, District Governor Suggs delivered the message sent to all Lions by Lions International President – and North Carolina native – Sid Scruggs. Lions are challenged to concentrate on service, especially in the following four areas: working with the youth, helping the visually impaired, feeding the hungry (including those who are hungry for companionship) and improving the environment. As the international president speaks to Lions around the world, one of his favorite examples of service is the three-day Visually Impaired Person (VIP) Fishing Tournament at North Carolina’s Outer Banks. More than 500 people participate in this Lions-sponsored activity.

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The Columbus Lions are men and women who work together to make the community and the world a better place. Visitors are welcome at their meetings, which are held at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays at Calvert’s Kitchen. Contact Pat Recker at 828-894-2615 or Fran Goodwin at 828-894-2505 for more information.