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Long Valley Lions Club selects new cabinet as Carroll Arena changes hands

On Wednesday, Novem­ber 8, the Long Valley Lions Club members gathered at the Old Rock Church in Mount Carmel to con­duct their annual business meeting and election of new officers. The Club enjoyed a three-course prime rib and homemade dessert din­ner catered by celebrated Kane County Fair dutch oven and garden vegetable ribbon-winners, Kaber and Ashley Esplin.


Outgoing President Wayne Cox, a member since his high-school days, absent his two-year LDS Mission in England, opened the nominations by requesting volunteers to serve. Can­dice Cox won by acclama­tion, as did Jessica Tait for vice-President and Leland Spencer as Treasurer, including Kellie Baird for Secretary.


Throughout the meeting a memorial book was passed around for writing favorite recollections of recently-deceased 62-year member Gerald Spencer, Glendale.



Foremost on the agenda was the pending sale of the Carroll Arena facility adja­cent the North Events Cen­ter to Kane County for the sum of $30,000. While this transfer would allow the Lions Club to conduct its perennially popular Long Valley Junior Rodeo Series in perpetuity, it would cre­ate a continuous corridor between the Center and the County’s recently-inherited property to the south. Thus, the new entity shall have an unobstructed right-of-way to make their envisioned improvements at-will, including those previously unafford­able for the Lions.


Riley Esplin, local State Bank of South­ern Utah’s Branch Lender AVP, rose to outline the possibil­ity of establishing an interest-bearing ac­count for a portion of available funds, while maintaining liquidity for necessary expens­es, such as various scholarships.


High on the list of priorities for the new­ly-installed President Candice Cox is the expansion of their op­tions and amounts for continuing academic and trade-school sup­port. Currently, 2023 graduates Hazel Har­ris and Jodi Cox have each received $300, while Holdyn Cluff, $150. Yet to be deter­mined grants await Cole Heaton, as well as Layton Spencer when he arrives home from his LDS Mission to Romania.


Membership with the Lions Club Inter­national covers ac­tivities insurance, as well as contributions toward its widespread charitable endeavors.

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