About The Lions’ Club of Madison

In 2018, the Madison Lions Club used project money to purchase a Plusoptix camera.  While it may look like a “ToysRUs” play toy for children, it provides valuable information to detect potential vision disorders.  Pictured are Todd Rhodus, immediate Past President of the Madison Lions Club and a student at MRA K-5.

 

The Lions’ Club of Madison Mississippi is a service organization of people from – no, not just Madison the City or the County – but from all over the Central Mississippi area. We are like-minded people dedicated to giving back to our communities, and we have chosen to do this through the Lions’ Club of Madison chapter of Lions’ Club International.

OUR MISSION

To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote International understanding through Lions clubs.  We believe, and focus on the Lions motto WE SERVE for Madison County, the state of Mississippi, the United States and Internationally.

OUR OFFICERS

Betsy Landers

Betsy Landers

PRESIDENT

Betsy Landers was installed as President of the Lions Club of Madison in 2019. She has been a vital contributing member of this chapter for many years, and has dedicated her life to serving others.

Besides her work with the Lions Club, Betsy is also a Real Estate agent, and teaches French Horn lessons to a number of aspiring students, some of whom have won significant awards and recognition. Betsy is also a member of the choir and the church at Olde Towne Community Church in Ridgeland.

Todd Rhodus

Todd Rhodus

Immediate Past President

Todd served as President of the Lions Club from 2017-2019. He has been a member of this chapter since 2013, and has been involved in dozens of service projects with the chapter, especially the purchase of our eye screening machine. 

Todd is employed the past eight years with Collins, Barr and Hembree, Ltd. as a CPA and audit manager.  He and his family are members at Pinelake Church.

Greg Palmer

Greg Palmer

First Vice President

Greg Palmer was installed as First Vice President President of the Lions Club in 2019. Greg has been a member of this chapter since 2017, and has found great fulfillment in service to our communities through the Lions Club.

In addition to his work with the Lions Club, Greg is also a successful commercial photographer, a French Horn player with the Mississippi Community Symphonic Band, and a part of the leadership at Lake Harbour Dr. church of Christ.

Greg Shows

Greg Shows

Second Vice President

Greg Shows was installed as Second Vice President President of the Lions Club in 2019. Greg has been a member of this chapter since 2018, and has found great fulfillment in service to our communities through the Lions Club.

In addition to his work with the Lions Club, Greg is a mortgage loan officer at Citizens National Bank in Madison, MS.  Greg and his family are members at Madison Methodist Church.  Greg’s hobbies include hunting, fishing and MSU sporting events.

Gary Theis

Gary Theis

Secretary

Gary has seen many events occur with our Madison Lions Club.  That is because he has been a member for twenty-one years.  His knowledge of the different reports and forms required by our state organization and international group is critical to the functioning of our club.

He is a retired commander of the U.S. Navy (twenty-three years) and worked in private industry for thirteen years.  Now fully retired, Gary lists golf, fishing hiking, jogging, and yard work as hobbies.

Charlie Anderson

Charlie Anderson

Treasurer

Charlie Anderson has been our club treasurer for several years.  He has been a member of this chapter since 2010. 

In addition to his work with the Lions Club, Charlie has owned and operated Anderson Accounting, Inc., since 1996.  He is a member of First Baptist Madison and sings with the Celebration Choir.

Rusty Healy

Rusty Healy

Program Chairman

The Madison Lions Club prides itself on having quality, professional speakers with varied and worthwhile subject material at each club meeting.  Rusty  and his committee continue to accomplish that lofty goal at each meeting. He has been a member of this chapter since 1993.

Rusty has been an insurance agent/owner for the past 30 years.

Greg Palmer

Greg Palmer

Membership Chairman

Accepting the work of Membership Chairman is a vital part of the entire club process.  Our future depends on adding new members, both men and women, of all ages to our club each year.  The chairman reminds members to continue searching their network of friends and invite them to one, or more, of our future meetings.  The chairman also makes a point of thanking each member who has brought a guest.  And, thank each guest for their time in meeting with us and hope they will consider becoming a member of our Madison Lions Club.

Luanne Peden

Luanne Peden

Vision Coordinator

Luanne has been the key to our successful eye screening program since 2018.  Her drive and willingness to spearhead this critical aspect of the Madison Lions Club is unsurpassed.  Eye screenings  are schedule with Madison private schools.  To date, we are experiencing eight (8) percent of those screened needing to be referred to an eye professional for an appointment.

Joe Forsythe

Joe Forsythe

Tail Twister

You are probably not familiar with this job in our club.  As Lions we need a member who will keep us “in line” during our meeting.  Violators will be fined for talking during our meeting, having their cell phone ring, interrupting our president during their comments.  You get the picture!  A fun, but important job that someone has to do. 

Billy Kilgore

Billy Kilgore

Lion Tamer

Billy has been a member of the Madison Lions Club for the past nine years.  He is a member of The Fitness Club, the Chapel of the Cross, MS Classic Cruisers and MS Corvette Club. Billy spends a large amount of time showing his 2004 torch red Corvette convertible at “Cruisin’ the Coast’ in October of every year and other car shows.  He, his wife and three cocker spaniels spend time at their condo in Miramar Beach, FL. 

John Kirk

John Kirk

Lion Tamer

 John is a long-time member of the Madison Lions Club.  He started his own exterminating business several years ago and now works for his son, Matthew, who is a member of our club as well. 

 

Greg Palmer

Greg Palmer

Publicist

 Greg is responsible for our Madison Lions club Facebook page and Web page.  Check out our facebook page at                                          

                                        Madison Lions Club

Greg provides updates on speakers scheduled for our club meetings, former speakers, and news from our club, Leos club and Lions Club International.  Most of the images displayed on these two media sources have been taken by Greg.

Dick Largel

Dick Largel

Director

Dick is a sixteen year member of the Madison Lions Club.  His insights and creative thinking are valuable to our club moving forward. Dick was VP/Regional Director at Morrison Cafeteria and worked there for forty years.  Since his retirement church, golf, hunting, fishing and working in his yard and garden are how he uses his time.  He is a member of the St. Columb’s Episcopal Church.  Several of our previous Christmas parties have been hosted at this church. 

Raymon Rosenkrans

Raymon Rosenkrans

Director

Raymon, and his wife Regina, are members of our club.  Raymon is a retire general surgeon from the Delta area.  Raymon is a deep thinker for our club.  He is one that when he speaks, we all listen!  A great asset to have as a director and member of the club.  Raymon and Regina attended the 2019 International Convention in Milan, Italy.

Steve Haskins

Steve Haskins

Director

 Steve has been a member of the Madison Lions Club for the past 10 years.  He retired this year after 40 years in logistics/transportation as President/CEO of MILS, Inc.  He and his family attend church at Madison Heights.

Steve hobbies include the Pittsburg Steelers football team, music collecting, gardening, classic car shows and travel.

 

Stacey Philley

Stacey Philley

Director

Stacey has been a member of our club for over eight years.  She is co-owner of Jackson Data Products in Ridgeland, MS.  She has been employed there for over nine years.  

OUR PROJECTS

Over the last few years, the Lions’ Club of Madison has undertaken projects including the following:

Here’s an image of Luanne Peden , member of Madison Lions club, and her grandson working at the 2017 Chick-n-Go.

John Kirk, left, and Ramon Rosenkrans are members of the Madison Lions Club adding new, seasoned half-chickens to the grille for our 2017 Chick-N-Go project.

The assembly line at the Chick-N-Go 2018 with Betsy Landers (l) and Luanne Peden (r) bagging the final product.

There were 25 to 30 Lions Club of Madison members who donated their time and work to this fund-raising event, serving more than 1,000 chicken meals to eager local customers.

Funds raised at this event have been used to support local charitable efforts, including disaster relief and support of the Diabetes Foundation.