1st VDG Cheri Provancha
Lion Cheri Provancha was born in San Diego and raised in La Mesa, CA, and attended high school and college in Windsor and Fort Collins, CO. She joined the US Army through the ROTC program at Colorado State University in 1984. She retired at the rank of Colonel after serving 30 years in uniform which included five combat tours. Lion Cheri currently works for Community Health System as a service line Vice President for Supply Chain, Clinical Engineering, and Security. Lion Cheri believes in lifelong learning and actively pursues opportunities for growth. She holds a BS in Psychology from Colorado State University, an MPA from Golden Gate University, an MSS from the US Army War College, and a DBA in Management from Northcentral University. Lion Cheri has been with her lifelong friend and partner Lion Diana for 32 years. When the Defense of Marriage Act was overturned in 2013, they were finally able to marry.
After retiring from the US Army, Lion Cheri sought out a way to be in further service to her community. The Visalia Pride Lions Club offered her a home for her to pursue her passion for service. Lion Cheri and her spouse Lion Diana joined the Visalia Pride Lions Club in 2014. She has served as Club President, Zone Chair, Region Chair, and as the District’s Cabinet Secretary for three years. She is a certified Guiding Lion, a graduate of RLLI, and an FDI-certified instructor. During her tenure as Club President, she led the club in service to be recognized by MD4 as the Club of the Year in 2016. While Zone Chair, she brought the zone clubs together to provide a ”Book Nook” for a housing project sponsored by Self Help Enterprises. She was recognized as the District Lion of the Year in 2021 and is a Melvin Jones Fellow.
Lion Cheri’s passion is service. She is dedicated to serve her community and in leading Lions in service.
3403 W. Perez Ave., Visalia, CA 93291
H: 559-733-0720; C: 360-970-3642;
2nd VDG Marco Martinez
Lion Marco Martinez was born in Bakersfield, CA and raised in McFarland, CA. and a graduate of McFarland High School. He enlisted in the U. S. Army in June 1975 and stationed in Fort Hood, TX where he attended Central Texas College and received an AS in Applied Science in Automotive Technology. After completing his three-year enlistment and returning home, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve and worked as an automotive technician and promoting to Service Manager for Delano Lincoln Ford Mercury Dealership. Lion Marco changed his career path and completed the California Correctional Academy (CDCR) and worked at various State Prisons retiring with 25 years of service at the rank of Sergeant and retired from the U.S. Army Reserve with the rank of First Sergeant with 33 years of service and four combat tours. Furthering his education, Lion Marco received a BS in Security Science and Management from St. Lourdes College. Lion Marco has been married to Lion Margie for 43 years and have two children Jacob and Lion Emilia and one grandson Cub Emmitt.
After retiring from CDCR and U.S. Army Reserve, Lion Marco and Margie became Lion members of the McFarland Lions Club. He has served as Club President, Club Secretary, Zone Chair, Region Chair and as District GST for the past three years. Also, Lions Marco and Margie have been Leo Advisors for the McFarland Roaring Leos Club for the past seven years. During his tenure as Club President the McFarland Lions Club were awarded the Club Excellence Award and as Zone Chair, Lion Marco was able to bring Zone One clubs together and complete joint projects such as CAPK Food Distributions and Paint Nite. Currently Lion Marco is a certified Guiding Lion, Vision Screener and Graduate of RLLI and recently was awarded the MD4 Excellence medal. Lion Marco was also awarded in the past, Club, Region and District Lion of the Year awards and the 100% Secretary’s Award.
In addition to his Lion activities, Lion Marco is the Chairman of the Planning Commission for the City of McFarland and has served as Secretary for the McFarland Veteran’s Committee. His hobby for the past thirty-five years has been collecting International Parachutists Wings; current collection at 4,000 pieces. Lion Marco’s true passion is serving his community and proud to be a Lion.
212 7th Street, McFarland, CA 93250