Pictured left to right: Craig Brydges (Director), Beth Flud (Director), Dean Craig (Director), Dr. Tom Alexander (Director), R.C. Morrow (Immediate Past President), Duaine Janzen (President), James Thompson (1st VP), Heather Sumner (2nd VP), Raymond Kennedy (Membership Chairman), Ron Martin (Lion Tamer), Gary Volz (Tail Twister), and Jacque Mooney, Installing Officer.
Photo by Dean Craig
By Dean Craig Okmulgee Lion
And a good time was had by all--that's a phrase usually used to end a story, however, this is also a good way to start this story because that's the way Tuesday's Lions Club meeting began. What a marvelous program of induction of incoming officers presented by Past District Governor/Council Chairperson Jacque Mooney of the Midwest City Lions Club. We are so proud of this year's slate of officers, as we have been for many, many years, and they just seem to keep getting better and better--a result of good leadership. Lion Mooney calls this her "Bandana Installation", presenting a colorful bandana to each officer installed with the indicated color for their particular office. What a unique approach of installation.
A rainbow is made up of seven different colors--red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Each one of these colors are exquisite. However, when they all come together to form a rainbow, they become unequaled in beauty. Likewise LIONS CLUBS are made up of many types of people. Each person is unique, but by joining a Lions Club, a new member becomes a part of a colorful group unequaled in strength
Although there are only seven colors in the spectrum, there are over two million tints and shades of these basic colors. The tints and shades of the colors can be compared to the many talents and skills that individual members bring to a Lions Club. Some members have creative abilities, some have organizational skills, and some have leadership qualities
Today, the officers of the OKMULGEE LIONS CLUB will be installed using the colors of the rainbow. Just as each color of the spectrum is distinctive, each office of the club has specific tasks. When the officers successfully perform their duties, they help keep their Lions Club running smoothly. Will the newly elected officers please come forward as I call your title?
LION TAMER--Ron Martin. The color TURQUOISE represents the Lion Tamer. Before each meeting all items to be used must be in place and "good to go". You will be in charge of the responsibility for the club property. You will see that the flags, gong, gavel, and badge boards, etc., are properly placed. You are to assist the past president as the official greeter, always welcome and introduce guests.
TAIL TWISTER--Gary Volz. COWBOY/HORSE. What can I say about giving GARY this bandana. It kind of says it all, doesn't it? As Tail Twister you have permission to horse around, maintain harmony, and encourage good feelings, life and enthusiasm in the meetings. You shall impose and collect fines at meetings. You are to be resourceful in promoting fun, fellowship, and laughter at meetings. A little known fact is that you can be fined by a vote of the majority members present.
MEMBERSHIP/RETENTION--Raymond Kennedy. RED. You will lead the Membership Committee, and help to develop and implement a growth and retention program as approved by the club's Board of Directors. You will regularly report to the club and encourage members in bringing qualified people into the club. Since you will be ON FIRE for this club, please accept this RED bandana.
TREASURER--Pat Higgins will get two bandanas. The color GREEN symbolizes the Treasurer. GREEN represents money, energy, vitality, and perseverance. As Treasurer, your duties include collecting all dues and monies, paying all approved bills, and keeping accurate financial records. You will be giving of yourself in many ways to this Lions Club as you handle its financial responsibilities. May the GREEN color of your bandana give you the energy, vitality, and perseverance needed to fulfill these obligations.
SECRETARY--Pat Higgins. The color MULTICOLOR symbolizes the secretary and is considered to be a bright and optimistic color. Yours is one of the most important offices in the club. You are charged with helping pull all the colors together. The success of your club will be determined largely by the efficiency with which you perform the duties of your office. You are the President's "right hand" person. As Secretary, your duties include keeping an accurate record of all of the club's business, monthly reports of attendance, projects, and activities. Writing up each meeting's minutes will require a great deal of thought and accuracy. May the MULTICOLORS color of your bandana give you the mental concentration and optimism needed to fulfill your commitment
VICE-PRESIDENTS--James Thompson and Heather Sumner. The color LIGHT BLUE symbolizes the VP and represents healing, love, faith, loyalty, and inspiration. As VP's you are in training for the office of President. Your faith and loyalty are important to these Lions Club members and especially to the president who will rely on you for help. As chairman of various committees, you are to inspire members, old and new, to become active in your club. You must strive to keep members in harmony about projects and goals. May the LIGHT BLUE color of your bandanas give you the inspiration to face your challenges.
PRESIDENT--Duaine Janzen. The color PURPLE symbolizes the President. PURPLE represents leadership, greatness, and unselfish efforts. A regal color, purple is associated with royalty, or persons of high rank. As president, you will be treated royally for you have been elected to the highest office in your Lions Club. Being President is an honor and a privilege, but with the esteemed office, comes many responsibilities. Duties of the office include presiding at all meetings and dealing with all issues and opportunities. As president, you are also this Lion Club's representative to your community. May the PURPLE color of your bandana remind you to give unselfishly of yourself as you lead the OKMULGEE LIONS CLUB.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT--R.C. Morrow. The DARK BLUE bandana is a symbol of calm waters ahead. As Past President, you have served the club well. I am sure the Okmulgee Lions Club is extremely grateful for your service and your continued support of the club. Your contribution and loyal service has helped this club continue to be successful in this community. Thank you for your leadership and sacrifice of time, energy, and skill as you fulfilled the duties of your office,
DIRECTORS--Dr. Tom Alexander, Craig Brydges, Christian Tiews, Kyle Powell, Rusty Milroy, and Beth Flud. AMERICAN FLAG. You have been elected by the members to serve on the Board. You will assist in formulating and executing the policies of the club. All new business is considered and shaped by this Board. This AMERICAN FLAG represents a pride and loyalty to the OKMULGEE LIONS CLUB.
DIRECTOR FOR LIFE--Past District Governor Dean Craig. ORANGE will be the color of your bandana. As a Director For Life, you will be charged to light the way for the other directors. Without someone to guide the Club, there would be no direction. Your years of guidance and experience will be a benefit to others. You are to stand with the flame of your ORANGE bandana to guide the club to great things.
During this ceremony, each officer has been installed with a different color. Alone, each color is striking, but when the colors come together, a larger more beautiful thing occurs. A rainbow is created. Each color is needed to make the rainbow complete--just as each officer is necessary to make the Lions Club run properly. As Council Chair of Multiple District 3, it is my great pleasure to declare these Lions duly installed into their perspective offices to which they have been elected.
Incoming President Duaine Janzen presented a President plaque to outgoing President R.C. Morrow in appreciation of his outstanding year. President Morrow presented a 50-year membership patch to Lion Dean Craig and a President Appreciation Award to Anita Craig for her outstanding behind-the-scene work she does for the club even though she is not a member. We still are looking for a few more good men and women to join us. Think about it! "WE SERVE".
(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig with the installation text by Jacque Mooney).