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Michelle Harris is new Lions district governor

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Michelle Harris of Fort Macleod was named district governor of the Lions Club.

A Fort Macleod resident is furthering a family Lions Club tradition with her recent appointment as district governor.

Michelle Harris was appointed governor for District C2 that extends from the B.C. border to Saskatchewan, and from the U.S. border to Olds.

Harris accepted the appointment in part to honour her mother and father, Pauline and Gordon Harris, who inspired their daughter to initially join the Lions Club.

Gordon Harris, who died in 2006, was a community-minded person and longtime member of the Lions Club.

“When I became a zone chair, I was following in my dad’s footsteps,” Michelle Harris said. “He loved being a Lion, as I do.”

Pauline Harris was a member of the Lioness Club.

“Dad was very involved in Lions, and my mom was involved with Lionesses,” Michelle Harris explained. “I saw how much good they did, and the service they provided. It gave me a sense of community.”

Michelle Harris was a Lioness in 1986, and became a Lion in 1991. Lions International gave her credit for her years as a Lioness, dating her history with the club to 1986.

Since joining the Fort Macleod Lions Club, Michelle Harris has served as secretary, tail twister, Lion tamer, president, and membership chair. 

Harris subsequently served at the district level as convention chair, zone chair, and second and first vice-district governor.

As newly-appointed district governor Harris is motivated to help the district grow, and to help the clubs in the district by providing direction and guidance.

Harris will be busy in her year as district governor as she visits clubs, attends to district business, prepares budgets and attends meetings.

She will serve in her new role until June 30, 2022.

“The greatest joy is to do a new member induction. That really is the best part of this job. But I love to meet new people, and want to be able to help the clubs in this district to thrive, to be able to help them through their troubles, and share in their successes.”

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