Lemont Lions Club president targets growing membership in 2013
John Goushas likes to have fun.
It’s a mentality the president of the Lemont Lions Club hopes to bring to his fellow Lemont Lions.
“I like to have fun more than anything,” Goushas said. “The biggest thing is to bring the fun back into the club with laughing and joking. I hope the members come back, have fun and enjoy the club like I have for the past 11 years.”
Known as “the guy who dresses in the funny lion suit” for fundraisers and club events, Goushas joined the club in 2001 after he was invited to join through his friend Tom Drez and his father. Membership in the Lemont Lions Club is by invitation only.
In July 2012, Goushas became president of the club and is currently half-way through his term.
Q: What is your role as Lemont Lions Club president?
A: It’s more of a leadership role for a volunteer organization and not like running a company. You guide people into doing things for the community and whatever needs to be done. You are only president for one year and it’s a great title.
Q: What is your favorite event the club holds each year?
A: My favorite is the Spring Porkchop or annual Chili Supper fundraisers. You see a lot more of the community get more involved and we have more face time with the community. Being a Lions Club member, the biggest thing to see is the smiles on the kids’ faces and the older folks that come out. They all come out and have some laughs.
Q: What is new this year for the club?
A: We are twinned up with the Khatmandu Lions Club, our sister club. They approached us because they went to our website and saw what we were doing. Every club is not the same, they do things different and this way we can learn from other clubs.
Q: What are some challenges facing the club?
A: Membership. As the older members retire, you need to get new members and we are trying to get new membership. That’s the hardest thing. Most people in town don’t know we have a Lions Club because we don’t publicize. To join the club you have to be asked to join and if you are interested you have to see a Lions Club member, come to a meeting and see what we do.
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