One dedicated Lion
By LaDawn Kidd
Cottonwood is fortunate to have many dedicated Lions Club members.  One member, Carl Schmidt, was recently presented a certificate and letter signed by International Lions President Clement F. Kusiak in recognition of 42 years of service.   Carl Schmidt with his certificate.  Can you imagine attending meetings, working on projects, and holding offices such as president, secretary and treasurer and doing it all without being paid for 42 years?    In addition he has received perfect attendance pins for all of those years.  
Carl began his service with the Nezperce Lions Club in 1962.  He served as secretary of that club for 13 years, and he served as President of Nezperce Lions for a short time, but due to a move to Cottonwood, he transferred his membership to the Cottonwood Lions Club.   Carl served as president of the Cottonwood Club from 1974-1976.  Prior to that time, membership dwindled to 10 members, and International was planning to pull the charter.  During Carl’s presidency, membership increased consistently.    Other positions Carl has held are: secretary-treasurer, secretary, and he is currently serving as treasurer of the club.    He also served five terms as zone chairman for Multiple District 19F4, and he served on the Sight & Hearing Foundation Board.
Lions goals are to complete or to assist in projects where their participation is needed.    Local examples include:  the baseball fields near the Middle School, the helicopter landing pad for St. Mary’s Hospital, the Veterans’ Memorial, assistance in obtaining the grant for St. Mary’s Clinic, and most recently, repaving the bike path at the city park.    The Lions Club’s motto is “We Serve”, and Carl is a shining example of fulfilling the role of a dedicated Lion. 
Carl says the benefit of being a Lion is the fellowship with others and getting to know people from all over the country.     Carl’s commitment to this volunteer organization is commendable and a tribute to his character.  His vision for the Cottonwood Lions Club is to continue the gift of service to the community.    Thank you Carl for all of your contributions!    

Cottonwood, Idaho 83522



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