Lions Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children, Inc is a 501(c)(3) charity foundation formed under the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for the purpose of providing the opportunity to grow and learn through fellowship and the camp experience for hearing impaired children. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors elected by participating Lions, Lioness and Leo clubs of California.
Executive Board for 2018
Danny was born in Downy, California, and grew up in Independence in eastern California’s Owens Valley. He attended San Jose State University where he met his future wife, Cynthia Bennett. Married in 1973, they have two sons and two grandchildren.
In 1989 Danny joined the Dublin Lions Club and was president in 1993-1994 and again in 2000 – 2001.
He was a district Zone Chairman and served on the District’s Sight Conservation/White Cane/Diabetes Awareness Committee. He was Dublin Lion’s representative to the Oakland Center for the Blind for many years becoming president in 2001 – 2002.
As an active participant in Multiple District 4’s Lions Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children Committee in the 1990’s, he became aware of the good work Lions Wilderness Camp does for Deaf and hard of hearing youth. Danny joined the Lions Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children Board of Directors in 1999 and served as treasurer from 2011 to 2016.
Dana has been interested in camping since many experiences with her family, Girl Scouts and church camps. Throughout her career as a registered nurse, she cared for children as well as adults.
When husband, David, became a Lions District Governor (4C5) she learned about the Lions Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children and wanted to get involved. In 2004, Dana volunteered to be the nurse for Teresita Pines and became the nurse for Camp Ross Relles when it opened. She joined the Board in spring of 2013 and became secretary in June.
Helping each camper and adult have a SAFE fun filled week is Dana’s passion. Taking ASL classes has helped Dana encourage the campers to use their sign language skills.
Karen was born and lived her childhood years in CA. She spent her young teenage years in Kansas returning to CA at the age of 16 to finish high school, graduating from Highlands High.
She has one daughter, three grandchildren and one great grandson. Her mother and step-father served as camp hosts at many CA and OR campgrounds, she would visit them often and fell in love with the outdoorsy atmosphere.
Karen joined the Lions shortly after meeting her husband Gilbert in 2010. They are members of the Sacramento Senator Lions Club. They are also associate members of the Roseville Sunrise Lions Club. They both joined the Board of Directors after getting hooked on everything that the Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children is. Karen volunteers extensively in the kitchen while Gilbert helps with special projects.
Karen enjoys camping, fishing, photography and sewing.
Gold Country Lions Camp Manager
Nick and his wife Francine are native Californians. He retired as an aviator from the US Air Force in 1989. They are both members of the Sunrise Lions Club of Roseville California, District 4-C5. He has been a Lion since 1977, she joined in 1992. Nick served as District Governor in 1994-95.
The Nichols have been involved with Wilderness camp since 1993 serving as volunteers at camp every year since, usually with a culinary specialty. Nick joined the Board of Directors in 1995, serving as District Chairman, Area Director and head chef. He was secretary of the Foundation for many years and is now serving as the Camp Manager for the Gold Country Lions Camp – Ross Relles. They both enjoy fishing, canoeing, camping and drawing.
Directors & District Lion Representatives
Contact any member on this list to schedule a speaker for your club or organization or to get additional information on Wilderness Camp activities in your area. Members listed are members of the Board of Directors.
|C-3||PDG Jim Lee||Alameda||510-865-6087|
|PDG Jan Valtr||Concord||925-446-0725|
|C-5||Francine Nichol||Fair Oaks||916-965-3898|
|Gilbert & Karen Barrow||Sacramento||916-502-1206|
|Dick Seward||Laguna Woods||949-770-8384|