The Bishop Lions Club Host District 4-L1 for the Mid-October Sierra Region Meeting

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Shown taking part in the Emergency Preparedness panel on Saturday, October 16th, are sitting (l-r) John Shepherd, American Red Cross; Bishop Police Chief Rich Standridge; Mono County Department of Social Services Staff Services Analyst Leslie Gaunt, Mono County Department of Social Services Emergency Shelter Coordinator Cathy Young, Mono County Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness Manager Bri Chappell-McGovern, and Inyo County Sheriff Department Lt. Tim Bachman who serves as Commander of Support Services for Inyo County. Standing (l-r) are:  2021-2022 Bishop Lions Club President Stan Smith, District 4-L1 2nd Vice District Governor Upali DeSilva, Sierra Region Chair Harry Bhakta, District 4-L1 Governor Trudy Nodohara, and Sierra Region Zone Chair Rosanne Lampariello.

Immediate Release

The Bishop Lions Club was the host club in District 4-L1 for the mid-October Sierra Region meeting, which saw approximately 35 Lions attending a First Nighters’ reception at Bishop’s fire training facility on Poleta Road, followed by an information and training session at the First United Methodist Church the next day.  Immediate Past President Harry Bhakta of the Bishop Lions Club is currently the 2021-2022 Sierra Region chairman and had primary duties in the planning and execution of the reception and day-long Lions meeting.

Attending Lions heard presentations regarding their ongoing clubs collecting eyeglasses for recycling internationally, collecting beverage can tabs to
benefit Ronald McDonald House in Bakersfield, conduct of the annual club student speakers contests involving community schools and students with local officials as judges and timekeepers and tellers, involvement of the Toiyabe Indian Health Project here in Bishop and Inyo County with their
ongoing diabetes awareness and dialysis treatment clinic presented by Nick Hall, RN, from Toiyabe, and other club activities to benefit individual
communities.

Lions from Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, Independence, Lone Pine, Ridgecrest, Boron, Tehachapi and numerous clubs in the Los Angeles area took part in
this Sierra Region meeting.  Chairman Bhakta would like to thank the many sponsors who provided support, as well as Bishop Lions club members Susie Whitman, Jackie Rupp, Diann Gray, Cheryl Underhill, Barbara Smith and Pat Dean who helped provide food service and hostessing and ticket-taking at the events.  Chairman Bhakta would also like to thank the Bishop City Volunteer Fire Department and Chief Joe Dell for the use of its fire training facility, and the administration at Bishop’s First United Methodist Church, courtesy of Pastor Kate Hunter and Secretary Bobbi, for the provision of the church meeting hall.

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