Club Notes: Solarez to lead Breakfast Lions
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Jim Solarez, a 35-year member of the Tracy Breakfast Lions Club, will head the service club as president during the coming year.

He and other officers for the 2013-14 term were sworn into office during the club’s annual installation dinner June 8 in the Tracy Inn Gold Room.

Solarez, a retired local convenience store owner, succeeds Jack Wood as club president.

A native of Turlock, Solarez came to Tracy in 1968 as assistant manager of the J.C. Penney Co. store. He later worked for Sears and then operated a convenience store in Tracy for 28 years.

He and his wife, Lorene, have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.

Other new Breakfast Lions officers are Marvin Gallimore, first vice president; Kevin Vierra, second vice president; Wes Huffman, third vice president; Gene Birk, recording secretary; and Roy Patterson, treasurer.

During his term, Solarez wants to maintain activities of the club centered around fundraising for club programs and for other nonprofit organizations in Tracy.

The first such effort will be serving pancakes at Lincoln Park on the morning of the Fourth of July. The breakfast, which has become a Tracy tradition, will begin at 6 a.m. during the hot-air balloon lift-off.

In the fall, club members operate the snack stand at Wayne Schneider Stadium at Tracy High School and in December, they sponsor the Hawkins girls basketball tournament.

Crab and cioppino dinners and the annual ball-draw dinner are major fundraisers during the year.

The club will cap off its year in June as a sponsor of the Lions All-Star Football Game.

The Breakfast Lions Club, with 80 members, meets at 6:45 a.m. Thursdays at HomeTown Buffet in the West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road.

• Members of clubs in Tracy or Mountain House are invited to share news about their groups. Send email to, call 835-3030 or leave a note at the Tracy Press, 131 W. 10th St.

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