District Governor Karen has been a Lion for nearly 20 years. Sponsored by her husband, Lloyd, she quickly became the first woman president of the Olympia Host Lions Club in Washington State before moving to Arizona.

At the district level, Karen has chaired a couple of conventions, served as Zone Chair, Region Chair, Membership Chair, PR Chair and on the MD membership team before running for vice district governor.

DG Karen is known for making interesting things happen:

  • She brought a film crew to Arizona to film footage for Lions Quarterly.

  • She helped found a Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center and partnered Lions with a major university to develop a health exhibit that has gone international.

  • She obtained $10,000 from the National Institutes of Health for a Lions Club to do low vision work, and with her husband, she founded a fundraiser which has raised more than half a million dollars for a Lions Camp for children with diabetes.

  • She brought singer/songwriter Karen Taylor-Good of Nashville into the Lions and helps her use her music to benefit Lions all over the world.

Lion Karen continues to draw on her experience as an editor and director of public relations to help clubs tell their stories more successfully. She was a featured seminar speaker at Lions International Convention in Seattle, has been published in the Lion Magazine, and her work on recruiting women into Lions has been adopted by Lions Clubs International.

A graduate of the Lions Clubs International Senior Leadership Institute, Lion Karen has been awarded the International Leadership Award and several International President’s Certificates of Appreciation. She is a Melvin Jones Fellow.