Pamela Mohr 2014-11-12 00:28:52
Brookings Harbor Lions Club, Oregon Age 74 | Commercial Fisherman/Retired Navy I joined in 2005. To be honest, I just saw something worth doing. It took me a little longer to convince my wife, Carol. She joined a while later when she saw me having so much fun. We work together as Lions pretty much like we do in our marriage of 51 years. If she wants to make a suggestion or say something, I listen. If I want to say something, she listens. We talk together and then decide which way to go. I first became a Lion when a gentleman named George Fernandez asked me if I liked to help kids. I said, “Sure, I do.” George, who’s 92 and has been a Lion for something like 66 years, then started to tell me about his club. I went to a meeting, liked the people and my first project was screening kids for vision problems. We still do a lot of that. I joined the Navy at 17. I dropped out of high school to join so I had to get my GED in the Navy. I retired after 22 years as a warrant officer because I had three teenagers at home, and they were, well, behaving like teenagers. I needed to be home. Their mother needed me to be home. Now they’re all grown and successful. I’m really proud of them. I’ve been involved for the last five years as a Leo adviser. They know me, and know that I’m speaking to them from experience. Two of them just joined the club. They’re both 19 and full-service Lions from day one. We put them right to work. If you’re going to invite people to join your club, you have to give them something meaningful to do. It’s an entirely different leadership style than the Navy. If you’re working with volunteers, you don’t tell them what to do, you ask. I’m excited about being a district governor next year. There are 41 clubs in my district and I’ll visit each one of them. I own three commercial fishing boats and have had as many as five running at the same time, but I don’t get to do much fishing because of the time I spend on Lions. And we’re only 2 miles from the ocean! I also have some excavators and own a heavy construction company, but usually I’m too busy to use them. I do try to run an excavator around for at least a few minutes when I can find time just because it’s so much fun, like a big toy! Who wouldn’t want to play in the dirt with one? I may have retired from the Navy, but I’m not retired from life. I like to stay busy. I always say I’ve led three lives already, and I’m still not done.
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