Longtime Lions Club member steps up as president
by Maddy Houk
Aug 23, 2012 | 1419 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mark Sarasqueta
Mark Sarasqueta
Mark Sarasqueta, an 18-year member of the Patterson Lions Club, follows Mike McDougall as the club’s president.

Sarasqueta took office when the group met June 27 at Damasco Fine Food & Spirits in the Best Western Plus Villa Del Lago Inn.

Sarasqueta is a pump specialist with Melo Machine & Manufacturing.

Other officers installed for the 2012-13 year are Rod Yamaichi, first vice president; Mike Lara, second vice president; Clay Thorkelson, third vice president; Peter La Torre, secretary; Adrian Patterson, co-secretary; and Jerry Hoxie, treasurer.

Bobby Yamamoto is the tail twister who collects fines from members and Kelly Kolding is the Lion tamer who takes care of club property.

Adrian Patterson and Jarod Lara are one-year directors and Tom Brudnicki and Bryan Bingham are two-year directors. Jim Cox, Bob Kimball and Bryan Bingham make up the membership committee.

The Lions Club’s money-making projects span the year from a fall dinner-dance in November to Lenten fish fries in partnership with Sacred Heart Catholic School in the spring. The Lions also barbecue chicken on the Saturday of the Apricot Fiesta each year.

During a new recurring event, the Lions Club Poker Tournament, local Lions will work with different organizations to raise money for charity at each event.

“Most of the money we make goes back into the community,” Sarasqueta said.

Lions have used their talents and elbow grease to install new flooring in Patterson Township Historical Museum on Plaza Circle and to maintain the “Welcome to Patterson” signs at the entrances to the city.

Various members of the 82-person club share their cooking skills throughout the year at various events. Those include the new Back-to-School Block Party and Child Safety Fair, which debuted Saturday, Aug. 11, in North Park, and the annual Las Palmas Elementary School Beach Bash. Lions also work with Soroptimist International of Patterson to host a survivors’ breakfast during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Patterson each May.

The Lions host a student speaker contest annually and send the winner on to higher levels of competition. They also award scholarships to graduating seniors in the Patterson area.

Lions Club meetings are the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Damasco Fine Food & Spirits, 2959 Speno Drive, except in July and August, when the Lions meet in North Park on Plaza Circle. Newcomers are always welcome and should contact any club member to attend a meeting.

Information: e-clubhouse.org/sites/patterson/

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or maddy@pattersonirrigator.com.

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