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Merrimack Lions welcome home district governor

Friday, June 13, 2014

Merrimack’s own Sandra Hurd has spent the last year serving as district governor of Lions District 44N.

On April 27, the Merrimack Lions Club, Sandra’s home club, celebrated her year with a dinner at Florence’s Restaurant. Nearly 80 people, including 10 family members, gathered to praise Hurd for her service to Lions International.

As district governor, Hurd led 44 clubs of more than 1,250 Lions, guiding them during the 2013-14 Lionistic year. Her duties led her to visit all clubs, attending their meetings and installing new members. The role of district governor is both physically demanding and mentally challenging. On average, Hurd attended more than five meetings per week. Besides club meetings, there were board meetings, service activities, club celebrations, and fundraising events all around the state. The district governor is also responsible for cabinet meetings and working with a key group to assure the district’s clubs are all functioning well, at their peak for providing service to the state.

Hurd exemplifies what a Lion should be. She can always quote the number of countries (more than 200) where Lions are present; the number of Lions (1.35 million) in the world; and the fact that 100 percent of funds raised by Lions are returned to the community.

She has spent her year working to increase the number of Lions in District 44N, knowing that Lions is the largest service organization in the world and hoping to make it still larger. One of her many goals this year was that every club provide the restaurants in their areas with large print menus for the vision impaired. Lions being “Knights of the Blind” at the request of Helen Keller (in 1925), this seemed an appropriate goal.

At her homecoming, Hurd was presented with many gifts by the various clubs and individual Lions of the state. She also received a plaque to honor her year of service as district governor. The Merrimack Lions Club additionally presented her with a Granite State Fellow award for her truly outstanding efforts as district governor this year and as a member of the club.

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