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Lions Club tours UJ arena

The Jamestown Lions Club presented $500 to the Jimmie Booster Club. Pictured, from left, are Steve Thompson, Dillon Pierce, Lions President Mitzi Hager, Jim Klemann, director of annual giving and director of the Jimmie Booster Club, and Gary Speidel.

The Feb. 20 Lions Club meeting was held at the Harold Newman Arena on the University of Jamestown campus. Jim Klemann, director of annual giving and director of the Jimmie Booster Club, was introduced by Dick Hall as the speaker and guide for touring the new arena.

The arena is a 2000-seat facility and is home to the Jimmie men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling teams. The foyer is set up for hosting different events including wedding receptions, reunions, etc. Unique to the arena is the Victory Bell Tower which consists of four bells that are rung after each team victory. Approximately 61 percent of the UJ student body participate in one of more of the 18 sports offered. Klemann said one advantage for having the arena on campus is that it has changed the student culture. Teams are hanging out together more, creating better team cohesion. At the conclusion of the tour, Klemann was presented with a $500 donation from the Lions to the Jimmie Booster Club.

Mildred Hager presided over the meeting and led with the Pledge of Allegiance. Mike Jan gave the table prayer. The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. today at the All-Vets Club. Guest speaker will be Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser. Perspective members and guests are welcome. For information on membership, contact Randy Lebahn, 320-1678.