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Community input, members needed for Mabton Lions Club

MABTON - Information regarding the Mabton Lions Club being the "umbrella group" for this year's Mabton Community Days event had been floating around the community recently.

This week, Lupe Tellez, president of the Mabton Lions Club, confirmed Community Days in Mabton will be headed by the Lions Club this year.

Tellez said the club, established just 11 months ago, "is in need of more help with Community Days, fundraisers and anything that would benefit the community." He said the club has 20 members currently, but the members can not do everything they would like to do.

The Mabton Lions Club has not yet held any fundraisers or social events due to the need for community input. "We would like to have more club members, but anyone can come to our meetings and offer suggestions," he said.

This year's Community Days is scheduled around Mabton's High School graduation. "It will be June eighth and ninth so maybe the family members and friends who are in town for graduation might enjoy the event," Tellez stated.

He said the Lions Club would like to have a carnival and a lot of vendors this year. He added those ideas are in the category of possibilities and the club will be discussing them at the next meeting on Jan. 16.

Tellez said other items on the agenda for the Jan. 16 meeting will include recognition of two children who participated in a contest to design the Lions Club pin. "One winner will be from Artz-Fox Elementary and the other from Mabton High School," he added. He said the winners will receive a certificate.

Mabton hadn't had a Lions Club since the 1970s, but a group of people decided to re-establish the club last year. "It is a community organization," Tellez said. He said because the club is new, they are looking for ideas and input on how they might help the community.

The officers of the Mabton Lions Club are Tellez, president; Mary Alvarado, vice president; and Linda Cerrillo, secretary. Tellez said community members who know the officers could give ideas to them or attend one of the meetings, which are held the first and third Tuesday of each month at six p.m. in the City Council chambers.

Tellez is hoping more community support might be gained when the community learns more about the club and its goals.

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