Local Lions officers attend leadership conference in BR _lowres

Photo provided by Françoise Ratard -- Lions Club International dignitaries Dianne Corlew and her husband, International First Vice President Chancellor Robert 'Bob' Corlew, of Tennessee, with 2015-16 8-N District Governor Françoise Ratard and her husband, Lion Lambert Ratard, of Zachary, from left, at the service organization's District 8-N Leadership Conference held Aug. 21-22 in Baton Rouge. Françoise also is the Zachary Club's secretary.

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 at the District 8-N Leadership Conference on 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. 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 by East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden, sponsored by Evelyn Kirk from the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Lions Club, and Baker Police Chief Mike 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.