Community News Randy Compton hopes to grow Chickamauga Lions Club

Community News Randy Compton hopes to grow Chickamauga Lions Club

August 3rd, 2016 by Katie Ward in Community Walker

Chickamauga Lions Club installs its officers for the 2016-2017 calendar year at the Chickamauga Active Living Center.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

From left are past president Eddie Upshaw, newly installed president Randy Compton and treasurer Harry Kythas. Compton and Kythas accept their Lions of the Year awards from Upshaw.

From left are past president Eddie Upshaw, newly...

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

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Chickamauga Lions Club meets the second and last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Chickamauga Active Living Center, formerly the Older American Center in Chickamauga.

Longtime local business owner Randy Compton has big plans as the new president of the Chickamauga Lions Club. The Gordon Lee Memorial High School graduate and 23-year surveyor and business owner said he is excited and honored to take on the role.

His main goal, he said, is to grow membership — especially to attract younger participants — and continue the club's mission of charitable work as the club celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

"The Lions Club wants to grow and get new members," he said. "When the Lions Club members asked me to be president I said, 'I want to find ways to promote the club to attract young people to join.' My daughter Megan joined the Lions Club and treasurer Harry Kythas' daughter Anna Kythas joined in the past few months. We want to recruit young people to help us reach the community. I'd like for the Lions Club to be a bigger presence in the community."

Compton joined the Chickamauga Lions Club in 2013, after he was asked by several friends. He said he believes if younger participants join and ask their friends in the same way, the Lions will be able to further their outreach as well as their membership.

"It was time to give back and serve the community," he said of why he decided to join. "I liked what the Lions Club is about. There are over 1.4 million Lions across the world in 200-plus countries and territories."

Specifically, Compton said, the Chickamauga Lions Club buys school supplies for students, fans for senior citizens, builds wheelchair ramps for those with disabilities and does other charitable acts for those in need.

"We are here to serve the community," he explained.


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