Winters’ Lions legacy celebrated, new officers installed

Culver’s Lions Club installed its slate of new officers last Weds. evening.

Pictured (front row, left to right): Jill Neidlinger (second year director), Susan Elizondo (first vice president and program and events co-chair), Marilyn Kelly (second year director), Jim Harper (Lion chaplain and membership chair), Leroy Bean (third vice president), Barbara Winters (publicity chair and outgoing president), Margaret Dehne (program and event co-chair), Dennis Lewandowski (assistant station master), Don Freese (new president). Back row: Mike Overmyer (station master), Frank Elizondo (tail twister), Larry Welsh (Lion tamer), and Trent Bennett (second vice president). Not pictured: secretary Kathy Lintner, treasurer Fred Lintner, first year directors Dan Adams and James Hahn.

Barbara Winters has completed her two years as president of the Culver Lions Club. She was installed as president in June, 2010. The Lions of Culver salute her management style, leadership, enthusiasm, and ability to “get things done.”

It all started in 2010 when she and her fellow elected officers were installed by past president, Dan Adams. She came to the podium wearing the Lions garrison hat that her father, Charles Dilts, wore when he was president of the Monterey Lions in 1948. Adams handed her the traditional “gavel,” and the rest is history.

And significant history it is. Barbara’s management style of “patiently working with others and the Inclusion of all Lion members” allowed the Club to move forward in a positive way and right in step with the Clubs motto of, “We Serve and Serve and Serve!”

Under her leadership, the Club continued its service and support of Lions International, state, district and local projects. In addition, she listened to her board of directors and membership at large, and became an advocate and driver for two major projects at the Vandalia Station.

First, she and her fellow Lions managed to upgrade the depot meeting room with the installation of a “state of the art” ceiling-mounted projector system including an electric operated screen and remote access to the projector. These tools represent an enhancement for computer presentations made at the Lions Club meetings as well as for those who wish to rent the Depot for special events.

Secondly, the electronic sign on the front yard of the Vandalia Station was a major project for which Barbara’s patient and persistent “drum beat” made it happen. She spent considerable time developing a financial grant which was ultimately approved by the Marshall County Community Foundation. This grant put the project within reach.

The sign is widely used by the community, both individuals and organizations. Its central location within Culver makes it perfect for communicating current events within the community.

The Lions salute president Barbara for a “job well done” and say, “Bitem!”