International Lions Club District Governor Françoise Ratard and her husband, Lion Lambert Ratard, of Zachary, joined Lion Beth Dawson, of East Feliciana Parish, and 89 others from Baker, Baton Rouge and around the Central Eastern part of Louisiana at the District 8-N Leadership Conference held Aug. 21-22 in Baton Rouge.
The conference was held for newly elected club officers to learn more about their positions and for Lions to share fellowship and fun, Ratard said.
Officers gave presentations on membership and being a club president, secretary, treasurer and Tail Twister, a Lion who promotes harmony and enthusiasm at meetings and club events.
Dawson was asked to speak about the Bataan Death March based on her father’s experience during World War II, and guest speaker Mary Manhein, retired director of LSU’s Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services Laboratories, spoke about some of the many forensic cases she’s worked on over the years.
New Lions were welcomed to District 8-N including East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden, sponsored by Evelyn Kirk from the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Lions Club, and Baker Police Chief Mike “Snapper” Knaps, sponsored by Lion Darryl Rainwater from the Baker Lions Club.
Clubs supporting the conference with monetary donations were Baton Rouge Magnolia, Baton Rouge Metropolitan, Baton Rouge Southeast, East Baton Rouge, Grosse Tete, Mandeville, Ponchatoula, Reserve and Zachary.