SanCap Lions Welcome Husband, Wife as New Members

New Lion Pat Macchia, Lion Sponsor George Veillette, Bob Macchia, Lions Club President Debi Almeida

Story and Photo by Shannen Hayes

Special to the Lion’s Website

The Sanibel Captiva Lions Club seeks civic-minded men and women to join them in making a difference in the community. During the February 1st dinner meeting, Pat and Bob Macchia were inducted into the club by President Debi Almeida.

“Our club gives members an opportunity to advance worthy causes, serve with friends, and become leaders in the community”, said Almeida. “This club means a lot to our Lions, but it means so much more to the people we serve.”

The Macchias were sponsored by Lions Bob Kern and George Veillette. The couple have been volunteers around the island and interested in the club for some time. Pat Macchia is a retired psychologist and Bob Macchia is a retired dentist. They are parents of four grown children.

“We want to be a part of what Lions do in the community and to let others know how they can help.” the couple said.

The Sanibel Captiva Lions continue to collect used eyeglasses as part of “Recycle for Sight” with donation boxes around the islands and to host the popular Arts and Crafts Fair March 17-18 at the Sanibel Community House, as well as complimentary health screenings for adults. The next health screening is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday, February 13 at the Sanibel Recreation Center.

The Sanibel Captiva Lions typically perform 110 individual health screenings each year and will provide retina screenings for the first time in February. Lions have partnered with an Orlando-based ophthalmologist specialist, and a Lion, to professionally read the retina camera screening results.

The club meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Community House. Visiting Lions are welcome. For more information, or to get involved, visit