Need to know
What: Informational meeting about Lions Club in Dalton
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20
Where: Dalton Public Library, 127 S Church St., Dalton
DALTON In the spring, Steve Thornton attended his grandson’s junior high band concert at Dalton and the auditorium was packed with people eager to hear and support the young student-musicians.
“These people really support their community,” he said.
Thornton was moved by the show of support, and seeing the large local audience sparked an idea.
An informational meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20 at the Dalton Library, 127 S Church St., about a new Lions Club forming in Dalton.
At the district level, Thornton is a global membership chairperson for Lions Clubs International. He is one of the club directors of Wooster Noon Lions and a past international director.
He and his wife, Becky, who also is a longtime member of the Wooster Noon Lions Club and serves as the District Governor of Ohio Lions Region 3, will provide guidance for a Lions Club in the village.
The newly formed Dalton Lions Club is ideal for anyone looking for “community engagement, friendship, networking, and ways to volunteer,” according to Jen Grim, Dalton resident and member of the Wooster Noon Lions Club. Grim also serves as executive director of National Alliance on Mental Illness Wayne and Holmes Counties.
Lions Club International is the world’s largest service organization, representing 1.4 million members in 220 countries. The international group provides support and connection to local clubs throughout the world. Collectively, all Lions work on projects focused on vision, diabetes awareness, childhood cancer, environment, and hunger.
There are nine Lions Clubs in Wayne County, according to Grim.
“Dalton area would be the 10th in the county and would help represent Lions’ mission and values, and add to community improvements in our neighborhoods,” Grim said in information provided.