Vicksburg Lions Club Installs New Officers

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2019-2021 officers of the Vicksburg Lions Club from left: Dr. Dennis Cobler, past director of Lions International; Eric Stafinski, president; Deb Bright, Lion tamer; Doug Stafinski; Steve Brundige, past president; Lauren Ritter, secretary; Dan Melnik, treasurer; Mike Branch, tail twister. Not pictured: Katie Grossman, vice president; Carl Keller, second vice president.

By Sue Moore

Eric Stafinski, a third-generation Vicksburg Lions Club member, was installed as president for 2019-2021 on June 24 at the club’s annual induction dinner.

He carries on a family legacy: His grandfather, Frank Stafinsky and his father, Doug, served as club officers. Doug took two turns as president over the years. Frank was treasurer years ago and his brother, Joe, was the service club’s first president when it was formed in 1953.

Doug has spent every summer as the chair of the Lions Summer Festival, the B & B, for the last 13 years. It is the club’s main fundraiser and involves the whole community.

Club members welcomed Dr. Dennis Cobler as the guest of honor at their induction dinner. Dr. Cobler is a long-time member of the North Muskegon Lions and a director of Lions Club International from 1998-2000.  He is also a past club president, district governor and zone chairman.  He is a Melvin Jones Fellow.

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