Published: Saturday, November 20, 2010, 9:00 PM?
? Officers and members of what officials say is Alabama's first Hispanic Lions Club were installed during a celebration at the Vestavia Hills Civic Center tonight.
? J. Frank Moore III of Daleville, past International Lions Club president, presented the 23 members of the Birmingham Hispanic Lions Club with their official charter at 5:30 p.m. Lions Clubs has 160 clubs across Alabama, but the Birmingham club is the first Hispanic-only club.
? Members of the Pelham Lions Club, who sponsored the new club, along with officers and members of Lions Clubs from across Alabama, were at the ceremony. "I am proud to welcome these men and women into Lions. Birmingham will be proud to have such a fine group serving their community," said Jane Barker, district governor.
? The Birmingham Hispanic Lions Club will meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at La Brisa Restaurant, 2341 John Hawkins Parkway in Hoover. John Ocampo is the club's president.
? Moore said Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with nearly 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 200 countries. The civic club was founded in 1917.
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