Community Interest

ac beyond2012e 160 80ALACHUA – United States Congressman Ted Yoho, representing Florida’s 3rd District, will be the guest speaker at the Alachua Lions Club’s 74th Annual Cattlemen’s Banquet Thursday, March 28, 2013. The Lions Club fundraiser starts at 7 p.m. at the Alachua Woman’s Club, located at 14665 South Main Street, Alachua. Tickets are $40 and include a steak dinner and entertainment. In addition to Yoho, Marion “Bud” Riveire will be the Master of Ceremonies, and an Iraqi war veteran will also speak briefly. The Alachua Lions Club Cattlemen’s Banquet is the longest running, continuous Lions fundraiser in Florida and nearly 300 people attend each year.

Yoho has been a veterinarian for the past 28 years, serving North Central Florida. He began his first term in office in 2013. Past speakers have included President Jimmy Carter, Florida governors Bob Graham, Buddy MacKay, Lawton Chiles, Bob Martinez and Claude Kirk, and U.S. Senator George Smathers and U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns.

Riviere, who is now retired, was most recently Dean of Workplace Development and Continuing Education at Chipola College in Marianna, Fla. He has also served as the Director of Haney Technical Center in Panama City and currently services on the Florida FFA Foundation Board. He was born in Alachua and graduated from Santa Fe High School.

Money raised by the Alachua Lions Club supports Alachua recreation programs, Alachua Cub Scout Pack 88, Boy Scout Troop 88, and Girl Scouts, an early college scholarship program for a Santa Fe High School student, Food for Kids of Alachua program, tutoring of students at Alachua Elementary School, eyeglasses, eye surgery and hearing aids for those in need. The Alachua Lions Charitable Foundation supports the work of the Alachua Lions Club.

For ticket information, contact any Alachua Lion or call Lion Gunter Hirsch at 386-462-3702 or 352-538-9709. For program ads call Lion Gary Hardacre at 386-462-4582 or 352-214-2452. Ad deadline is March 1.