Janice Tooke helps her husband, Gary, set up a sign at a Harker Heights Lions Club meeting.

Harker Heights Lions Club member Janice Tooke has taken another step to reach her ultimate goal of becoming district governor of District 2X-3 by being elected first vice district governor during a recent conference in Killeen.

There are 15 clubs in District 2X-3 and 16 districts across Texas.

Tooke’s new position, which officially begins July 1, will put her on the road, speaking to clubs throughout the district.

“I’ll be spreading the news about the goals of the district governor, which are to start three brand-new clubs and helping rebuild those clubs that are showing signs of losing membership,” she said.

In June, Tooke will travel to the Texas Lions Camp’s VIP Day in Kerrville, which is a camp for special-needs children.

In August, she will spend time at World Services for the Blind, and Leader Dog for the Blind in Rochester, Mich., where leader dogs are trained.

Tooke became interested in the leadership side of Lions Club because she likes helping people.

“As an officer, I get to experience more than the average member because I visit the headquarters of all the services we provide,” she said.

The two schools of training for the blind focus on the main goal of Lions Club International. In 1925, Helen Keller challenged the clubs to be “Knights of the Blind” and to do their best to prevent blindness all over the world.

“We rely on school nurses to keep us informed as to where the needs are for glasses,” Tooke said, adding that the club collects old glasses and sends them to a recycling center in Midland. “The club also partners with Wal-Mart Vision Centers where you can take your old eyeglasses.”

If elected at next year’s conference, Tooke will become the district governor.

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