Gil Smith Elected as Lions District Governor
Gilbert F. Smith of the Pomona Host Lions was recently elected Governor of the District 4-L4 Lions. He and his cabinet of 23 officers will lead Lions from clubs in all of Orange County and parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino County. His theme for the year is “Seize the Opportunities to Lead, Grow and Serve.”
Smith has been a Pomona Host Lions for 18 years and has held virtually every office in the club, including two terms as president. He has been awarded the club’s Lion of the Year three times, the Melvin Jones Fellowship, Proud Sponsor and Membership Key Award. He is only the fifth Pomona Host Lion to serve as District Governor in the club’s 93-year history.
For the five years prior to his district election, Smith has held the district positions of First Vice District Governor, Second Vice District Governor, Foothill Region Chair, Global Leadership Team Coordinator and Disaster Preparedness and Relief Chairman.
For his leadership in the district, he has been named the Outstanding District GLT Coordinator in California, Top Five Region Chairs in California, Top three finalist for California Lion of the Year and top three finalist with his wife Barbara for California Lions Couple of the Year. He has also been awarded the District 4-L4 Lion of the Year, the International President’s Leadership Medal, the International President’s Certificate of Appreciation, the MD4 Excellence Medal and the Club President Excellence Award.
Pomona Host Lions delegates who provided campaign support at the San Diego convention were Past President Ben Selters, Community Service Director Jo Fulton, District Disaster Preparedness and Relief Chairman Steve Storbakken and Foothill Region Chair Barbara Smith.
Receiving district recognition at the convention were:
• First Timers - Steve Storbakken and Jo Fulton
• Unsung Hero – Jo Fulton
• Governor’s Appreciation – Steve Storbakken
• International President’s Dream Achiever Award – Barbara Smith
• International President’s Certificate of Appreciation – Gil Smith
During Smith’s term of office, Ricardo Ortiz will serve as president of the governor’s host club.
For information about the Pomona Host Lions, please email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Pomona Host Lions, P.O. Box 3085, Pomona, VA 91769.