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, Past President of the Madison Lions Club and a student at MRA K-5.

 

The Madison Lions Club “Heart of a Lion” award is given each year to someone in the community that is not in the Lions club but whose life and actions in the community mirror the Lions Club motto of “We Serve”.¬†¬†

 

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.

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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

Greg Shows

Greg Shows

President

Greg Shows is currently the President for our Madison Lions Club.   Greg has been a member of this chapter since 2018.

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

Luanne Peden

Luanne Peden

Vision Coordinator & 1st VP

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.

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-two 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-four 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.

Betsy Landers

Betsy Landers

Membership Chairman & LEO Coordinator

Betsy has played a very active role in the Madison Lions Club from the moment she showed up! She is a past President, started the local Leos Chapter, organized our 1st & 2nd golf tournament fundraiser and now has accepted the work of Membership Chairman. 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.  Betsy is a Real Estate agent and also teaches French Horn.

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

Past President, District Governor 30-S & LCIF Coordinator

Greg has been a member of this chapter since 2017, and has found great fulfillment in service to our communities through the Lions Club. Greg is also a board member with Mid-South Lions based in Memphis, TN and is the District 30-S Governor.

In addition to his work with the Lions Club, Greg is also a successful commercial and landscape photographer, a French Horn player with the Mississippi Community Symphonic Band.  

He and his wife are members at Lake Harbour Dr. Church of Christ.

Todd Rhodus

Todd Rhodus

Director

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 nine years with Collins, Barr and Hembree, Ltd. as a CPA and audit manager.  He and his family are members at Pinelake Church.

Dotty Wade

Dotty Wade

Director

Dotty retired from MD Medical.  She has two beautiful daughters and five wonderful grandchildren.  She attends Olde Towne Community Church where she is the church council secretary and enjoys singing in the church choir.  Dotty is a great asset in our club with her giving and serving spirit with many of our events and activities.

Mike Hartley

Mike Hartley

Director

Mike retired as a Web Programmer with Belhaven University.  His career spanned various industries, Petroleum engineering with Exxon, energy banking with Continental Nation Bank of Ft. Worth, and information technology positions with Milsaps College, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, and C-Spire. 

He and his wife are members of Redemption Church of Madison.  They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. 

Mike’s hobbies are interests including CNC woodworking, bicycling and all things Tesla!

 

Raymon Rosenkrans

Raymon Rosenkrans

Director

Raymon, and his wife Regina, are members of our club.  Raymon is a retired 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.

Tom Corlett

Tom Corlett

Regional Chairperson-North Region & 1st VD Governor District 30-S

Tom Corlett is retired following 57 years of employment with the U.S. Army, Burlington Railroad, three airlines (Northwest, National and Pan American), followed by work in the electric power industry with Florida Power & Light and Pacific Gas & Electric followed by an independent power producer in Attala County.¬† He has been married to his wife, Sandi, for 56 years and has two grown daughters, three grand daughters and two grand sons.¬† Tom understands our Lions Club motto–WE SERVE.¬† At any event or fundraiser, you will probably see Tom hard at work.

Steve Haskins

Steve Haskins

Raffle Coordinator

 Steve has been a member of the Madison Lions Club for the past 10 years.  He retired 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

Web Coordinator

Stacey has been a member of our club for over nine years.  She has a background in graphic design and accounting and owns Jackson Data Products in Ridgeland, MS.  

Stacey also volunteers her time with the girl scouts and various neighborhood committees. In her spare time, she enjoys any and all activities with friends & family, the Saints, MSU bulldogs, going to concerts, spending time in the big easy, painting, learning the banjo or doing anything to express her creativity and challenge herself.  Stacey is married to Jay, has 2 daughters, Elle & Edie and a Shetland Sheepdog named Rip.

 

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 Chick-N-Go project.

The assembly line at the Chick-N-Go 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.