Hood River Lions Club members Elaine Johnson, Susan Hoffman and Greg Simpson help screen Middle School students for potential vision problems.




















The Hood River Lions Club was founded in 1937, with Phil Galluzo as its first president.

It has been the sponsoring club for the Columbia Gorge Lions in 1948, Odell and Upper Valley Lions in 1971, Hood River Lioness in 1973 and Hood River Eye Openers in 1976.

The club has a memorable fund-raising history. It once sold light bulbs and brooms. It did a Radio Auction starting in 1964, and later operated newsprint recycling trailers positioned at Hood River’s two grocers.

In partnership with other Lions clubs, the Hood River Club each year helps organize the Lions Follies, which raises funds for support of the Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, the club’s partner in screening county school children each year for vision challenges.



















Current officers and areas of responsibility are, as shown above, from left:

Kristin Reese, President

Nancy Pavlenko, LCIF Liaison

Pam Webster, First Vice President

Greg Simpson, Retention

Beth Flem, Two-Year Director

Pam Chandler, Secretary

Dave Waller, Second Vice President

Stu Watson, Public Relations & Programs; Membership (Tom Yates)

Tony White, Tail Twister

Officers not shown above.

Past President – Linda Holloway

Treasurer – Dave Henne (Doug Roof)

Lion Tamer – Ralph Kupersmith (Elaine Johnson)

Safety – Leonard Wood

1-Year Director – Doug Roof and Shirley Voyles

2-Year Director – Elaine Johnson