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Jack McGinnis and Lion Sharlene Lewis met at a Las Vegas Locomotives football game on October 8, 2010. Sharlene was at the game with two grandchildren while their parents were out of town. Jack saw Sharlene sitting alone, since her grandchildren were not with her for a few minutes, and he decided to introduce himself. They have been together ever since, and have recently enjoyed a very special Lions Club wedding day in Hawaii.

Having a beach wedding in Hawaii was a long-time dream for Sharlene, so she contacted the Aloha Pono Lions Club President, Denise Werle, for assistance. On November 11, 2011 at 11:11 a.m. Hawaiian Time, Lion Sharlene and Jack McGinnis were married by Lion Rev. Dr. Darcy Ing of Aloha Pono Lions Club at Kailua Beach in windward Oahu.

The ecumenical wedding service was witnessed by Aloha Pono Lions, and truly a Lions Club event. Aloha Pono Club provided floral leis for the couple, sparkling cider for toasts at the wedding luncheon, and macadamia nut favors for those attending. Lion Paul Inouye was best man while Lion Miu Lan Oman was maid of honor. The service was accompanied by the music of the “Hawaiian Wedding Song” (both instrumental and by Elvis Presley), courtesy of Lions Darcy Ing and Denise Werle, while Lion Howard Deese videotaped the ceremony for the couple.

While November 11 started out with overcast skies and wind, at 11:05 a.m., the sun came out and the day was gorgeous. With a background of white sands and bright blue sea, It was a lovely service, and all Aloha Pono Lions were thrilled to be here on such an important day in the lives of Lion Sharlene and her new husband.

Eight days later, on November 19, Aloha Pono Lions were honored to welcome the newly married couple to their monthly Club meeting. There, Jack announced that while a number of clubs in Las Vegas had sought his membership, he had decided to join Aloha Pono! He had been so impressed with the welcoming Aloha spirit and wonderful wedding service he’d experienced that he decided to become a member! Aloha Pono will be proudly inducting Jack via webcam in the coming weeks ahead.

Jack, 61, currently works at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in the theater where Garth Brooks appears. He has worked for Steve Wynn for over 20 years. Lion Sharlene, also 61, is active in the Las Vegas Host Lions Club and currently holds the position of club treasurer. A 21-year member, she was District Governor in 1998-99 and is current treasurer of the local Sight First Foundation.

This organization help the local school district with eyeglasses for needy schoolchildren, plus arranges eye care, glasses and surgeries for needy adults. Sharlene is also a past President of Lions Projects for Canine companions for independence, a non-profit group that matches help dogs with handicapped children adults and most recently injured soldiers. Sharlene has worked in banking for 40 years and for U.S. Bank for the past 10 years.

The Aloha Pono Lions Club has 15 members and meets at noon on the third Saturday of the month at Maple Garden Restaurant at 909 Isenberg Street. For more information or to get involved with the Aloha Pono Lions Club, please contact Lion Denise Werle at (808) 754-4167 or Lion Aileen Deese at (808) 497-4140.

Sharlene Lewis-McGinnis and Jack McGinnis

Sharlene Lewis-McGinnis and Jack McGinnis

(Back row): Kay Chong, Darcy Ing, Miu Lan Oman, Sharlene Lewis-McGinnis, Jack McGinnis, Paul Inouye, Howard Deese (Front Row) Donnette Paishon, Stephen Leong, Denise Werle