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Lansing Lions install new officers

Lansing Lions
From left: Outgoing President Bert Rivera, Secretary Mike Winters, Director Richard Rucoba, Incoming President Eric Himmel, Treasurer Tom Lockton, and Vice President Robert Draus were installed as officers of the Lansing Lions Club. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Incoming President Eric Himmel casts renewed vision at 80th installation ceremony

Lansing Lions
Eric Himmel
by Melanie Jongsma

DYER, Ind. (June 23, 2018) – “We’re not a bunch of old guys,” Eric Himmel reminded the group. “And I say this respectfully to all my seniors in this room—we’re not bunch of old guys. We’re a bunch of people of all ages—men and women—who want to get out there and make an impact in our local community.”

Himmel was addressing a group of about 30 people, including Lions and their significant others, who had gathered at Gino’s Steakhouse to welcome new Lions and install new officers for the 2018–2019 year. Himmel, who had served as President once before, was given the gavel again.

His goal this time, as he explained, is to encourage his fellow Lions to do more than simply raise money for good causes, as they have done throughout their history, benefiting LARC, Meals on Wheels, the Lansing Food Pantry, Camp Quality, and other charitable organizations. Himmel wants to see Lansing Lions actually involved in the Lansing community—hosting new events, meeting new people, having a new impact.

Lansing Lions
Larry Thomas, sponsored by Eric Himmel, joined the Lansing Lions and received his Lion pin at Friday’s installation dinner. Thomas will be chairing a new Lions Stadium Committee. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Himmel appointed the club’s newest Lion—Larry Thomas—to chair a newly formed Lions Stadium Committee. That committee will generate ideas such as having Trustees compete in a base-running contest, or organizing a community Home Run Derby. “We’re not sure what type of activities the committee will come up with,” said Himmel, “but I’m really excited to have Lion Larry be heading that committee.”

The Lansing Lions hold a Board meeting on the first Tuesday of each month and a dinner meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information about getting involved or becoming a Lansing Lion, contact President Eric Himmel:


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


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