CAMPBELL COUNTY—Campbell County residents Mike McDonough and Jayne Raparellli are back after spending the first two weeks of July in Hamburg, Germany attending the Lions clubs International Convention.
At the start of the convention, McDonough was sworn in as the East Tennessee Lions District Governor for a one-year term of office. In this position, he will oversee the operation of 42 clubs and will host the District Convention in Morristown in February.
Raparelli, his wife, will serve as District Administrative Assistant and will be responsible for planning and scheduling visits to all of the clubs.
“I am excited about this opportunity to serve,” said McDonough. “During my term, I plan to work with all clubs to grow their membership, to increase their charitable donations and to develop their leaders.”
Lions Clubs International is the largest volunteer service organization in the world. It operates in 208 countries with 46,000 clubs and almost 1.4 million members. Lions are volunteer members of local clubs who enjoy fellowship, develop leadership skills, make their communities a better place to live and assist those in need around the world.
Clubs focus on providing a variety of free vision services and on addressing the unique needs of their communities. Members raise funds every year to support organizations serving the blind, deaf and youth in East Tennessee. Members also raise funds to support the Lions Clubs International Foundation. The foundation carries out large-scale humanitarian projects throughout the world.
“Because we are local, we can respond to local community needs and, because we are global, we can respond to needs that go beyond our borders,” said McDonough.
McDonough served for two years as the President of the Campbell County Lions Club and served one-year terms as Second Vice-District Governor and as first Vice-District Governor. He has also served as a member of the Campbell County 4-H Program Advisory Board, as Chairman of the Campbell County Court Appointed Special Advocates Board of Directors, as Chairperson of the Campbell County Health Council and as Team Captain for the Campbell County Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team.
He currently serves as President of Friends of Norris Lake and as Public Information Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Norris Lake Flotilla.
The mission of Lions Clubs International is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, to meet humanitarian needs worldwide and to promote international understanding and peace. For information about the Campbell County Lions Club, call McDonough, 201-3181, or Lions Bill and Carol, 563-0057.