Lions present Food Pantry check

Rappahannock Lions Club members present a $2,500 check to the Food Pantry to purchase nutritious curbside meals from local restaurants to be distributed to those in need.

Although its annual July “induction” picnic for newly elected officers was cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19, the Rappahannock Lions Club did a “work-around” with an online induction ceremony via a Zoom conference.

Outgoing president Bill Nenninger presided over the ceremony and inducted a new team of club officers for the 2020-2021 term. 

Incoming president Gary Giebel will be joined by first vice president Rudy Segaar and second vice president Fred Stacey. 

Continuing in their important roles are secretary Jim Manwaring and treasure Frank Raiter. 

Directors are Scott Wells, Ross O’Donoghue, Buck Payne and Mary Graham. 

Richard Antony is membership chair and Jim Blubaugh will serve as foundation representative.

Paul Bush is Tail Twister and Nenninger is Lion Tamer.

In accepting the role of president, Giebel said he had two important goals for his term: increasing membership and expanding the club’s service programs.

“This is a great group of individuals who are committed to serving our community and I am honored to accept this position,” he said. “We want to make sure we continue to grow our membership and sustain the club in the years to come. 

“In addition to our current service programs, I want to identify new opportunities to help those in need in our community. To that end we have established a program committee, chaired by Jim Blubaugh, which will identify potential projects and activities that can benefit individuals and county organizations.”

In its 62nd year, the Lions sponsor a number of service programs including vision and hearing testing, the Bland music concert, scholarships for high school graduates, road cleanups, helping out the Girl and Boy Scouts, 4-H Club and Camp Fantastic. Those interested joining should contact Richard Antony at

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