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 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 Madison Lions Club “Heart of a Lion” award for 2020 went to Time Rigby!
The man know to all age groups as “Mr. Tim” exemplifies the Lions motto in his service to all in his path. An unparalleled work ethic with a devotion to excellence, “Mr.Tim” brings beauty thru music and song, service thru multiple foreign mission trips and volunteering his talents with the Jackson Choral Society. He has been a taxi service to many elderly folks for years.
An excellent cook, he loves to provide food to those in need and will be the last to leave after cleaning up!
A mature confidant who cares for people, Tim is quick to send a thoughtful note, always ending with “SINGCERELY TIM”.
The beautiful flowered Easter Cross that Tim and his crew create every Easter at St. Matthews has been posted and admired around the world.
So, to the man that indeed does have the Heart of a Lion, The Madison Lions Club honored Tim Rigby with the 2020 HEART OF A LION AWARD.
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.
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.
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.
First 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.
Second Vice President
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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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 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.
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.