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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 6:32 pm | Updated: 7:44 pm, Sat Jun 22, 2013.

The Pacific Lions Club is stepping up its civic activity this week, hosting round table discussions and how-to seminars.

Two meetings will be held at the Pacific Lions Den this Thursday, Sept. 29.

The Pacific Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly luncheon meeting in the club at noon. The Chamber is inviting the Lions Club and other civic organizations to attend the meeting.

“Our thinking it that the other organizations would familiarize themselves with the Chamber membership, telling us what they do and what they’re about,” said Bill McLaren, Chamber president.

“The business community gets asked for a lot of things,” McLaren said. “And sometime we don’t know what the money will be used for.”

As an example, McLaren, a Pacific native, said he had only learned a couple of years ago who puts the Christmas tree on top of the Blackburn Park bluff.

“We, as organizations, just don’t know everything about each other,” McLaren said.

“Last year we hosted a Chamber meeting that invited the not-for-profit groups to attend with very good results,” said Stephen Flannery, Chamber past president. “This was just a chance for every club to refresh its image in the community, to say this is what we do for the community.”

Cost of the Chamber luncheon meeting is $10. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call the Chamber office at 636-271-6639.

Also on Thursday, the Pacific Lions will host a Lions Club zone meeting for clubs in the region at 6 p.m.

“What we’re going to study is whether we are doing all that we can to get our story out,” said Dave Bossler, event organizer. “Not only who, what, where, when, but who gets the information, the time frame to get in ahead of our event and what format do we need for the text and photos.”

Bossler said Lions Clubs often sponsors or hosts meaningful events, but forgets to get the information out to the community in a timely manner.

“We want to do a better job of promoting ourselves,” he said.

Rose Ryder, Pacific Lions Club president, who is coordinating the activities, said the two meetings are a unique opportunity for the Lions Club to focus attention on its mission and its building.

Ryder said John Tumbleson, Lions Club Zone 2 chair, contacted her and asked if Pacific would host the zone meeting.

“We need more visibility,” Ryder said. “The two meetings will give us a chance to be seen by some people who may not know us that well.”

The Pacific Lions Club is one of the oldest civic organizations in the community, formed at the height of the Great Depression to assist men who were of work.

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