Lions Golf Tourney This Week

LA MESA -- The La Mesa Lions Club is hosting its 15th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament and fundraiser, Sat., Sept. 20th at the Sun Valley Golf Course on Memorial Dr. in La Mesa. Registration, which starts at 8:30 a.m. is $25 per person (including lunch!) and is open to the public.

The tournament raised more than $5,000 last year from community participation and features a $1,000 cash prize for the Hole-In-One contest. The annual tournament benefits La Mesa’s youth and sight-impaired programs and is dedicated to the memory of two Lions who lived the Lions motto, “We Serve,” -- longtime East County physicians Jack Hardebeck and William Soldmann, Jr. Drs. Hardebeck and Soldmann were well-known medical leaders as well as members of the La Mesa Lions for decades.

 Dr. Soldmann was instrumental in the planning and building of Grossmont Hospital in the late 1940s, and served as the first Chief of Staff when it opened in 1954. For 12 years he served on the hospital board and was a nationally renowned expert on rattlesnakes, publishing many articles on the subject. In 1975, the physical rehabilitation center on the hospital campus was named in his honor. Dr. Soldmann was an original charter member of the La Mesa Lions when it was formed in 1948, and he helped establish and lead the club’s many projects.

Dr. Hardebeck was a recognized general practitioner, serving on the original Grossmont Hospital Medical Staff in 1955 until his retirement in 1998. He was Chief of Staff from1973-1974, and served on many clinical committees during his 33 years at the hospital. He also served on the Grossmont Hospital Foundation Board from 1994-2000, and was elected to the Grossmont Health Care District Board where he served for eight years, twice as president. He was a member of Lions Club from 1954 until his death in 2008. Both men were honored “Lions of Year” and “Melvin Jones Fellows,” after the founder of the international organization.
Established in 1948, the La Mesa Lions Club raised more than $20,000 last year in contributions for: 
 Various La Mesa organizations including seniors and youth in need;
 Funding for vision impaired and the un-insured in need of surgery;
 Support of the San Diego Center for the Blind and City of Hope;
 Sponsorship of youth programs, such as the annual Speech Contest for students;
 Adoption of East County Elementary and Middle Schools and Sharp Hospice Care’s Lakeview Home, by providing on-going manpower as needed, funding and much more!
Questions about the event can be directed to event co-chairs Patty Hardebeck, (619) 465-6110, email:, or Barbara Whitman, (619) 994-4192, email:
La Mesa Lions meet every Tuesday at 12 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center on
Memorial Dr. Guests are always welcome and encouraged to attend.

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