Cochise Stronghold Lions Club kicked off a new year with a free kids pancake breakfast featuring a story corner. Richard Searle, Cochise County Commissioner, Steve Yoder, principal of Valley Union High School, Linda Sheehan, local author of a series of children’s stories titled Grandma Goes to South Africa,
Bill McCarter, local business man and member of the Lions Club, Robin Peterson, teacher at Pearce Elementary School and Emily Maddock, senior student volunteer from Valley Union High School read to children in the featured story corner.
The Lions Club International theme for this year is literacy. The Cochise Stronghold Lions Club is embracing this theme with literacy projects throughout the year. The first two projects to get underway are tutoring students at Pearce Elementary School in the subjects of math and reading and reviving story time for toddlers at the Sunsites Library. Lions Club members will be reading to toddlers and providing craft activities on Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the library starting Oct. 4. Story time is open to the public for children ages, 1 to 5.
Lions Tales speakers will again be featured on the third Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at Sunsites Community Center. The September speaker was Goeff Oldfather from APECO discussing the impending government regulations on coal operated power plants and the projected costs to the consumer. The October speaker is Maria Ramerez-Trillo from AARP with information about Medicare and Social Security. Lion’s Tales is an open forum for the public so everyone is encouraged to attend.