Englewood Lions Club
The Englewood Lions Club team become like a family. The leadership roles change periodically but the foundation of our vision and mission and goals remains the same -- to serve the Englewood community and its citizens to the best of our ability to promote a healthy and happy environment for us all.
Englewood Dan - Native Son
Dan grew up in Englewood CO and recalls the youthful days spent swimming in the Lion’s Club pool, swinging on the rope swing over the Highline Cannel and riding on the miniature train, now housed in the Belleview Park. He graduated from Cherry Creek High School before earning his bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management for the University of Denver.
It was one of Dan’s first jobs that made him realize the importance of believing in what you do. At the time he was charged with luring convention groups to Denver from the East Coast for a local hotel group. There’s nothing Dan loves more than the outstanding quality of life, quality of people and beautiful scenery here at home in Colorado. This belief emboldened his ability to sell the area, and the role was a perfect fit for Dan.
As a Colorado native, Dan has spent his entire life living want many would consider a dream lifestyle. Skiing since he was three years old. Kayaking the river. Hiking the beautiful back-country trails. But once you get to know Dan, you learn that while he is certainly passionate about those activities, his interpretation of “living the dream” has less to do with lifestyle and more to do with attitude.
“Dreams come true when your dream’s desire is greater than your fear of failure or fear of not achieving that dream” Dan says, “It’s about the satisfaction of believing in yourself and using that confidence to overcome any challenges.”
Gail Hamilton has been a member of the Englewood Lion’s club since 2011 and is the current president. This is her fourth time being in this role. an acclaimed international motivational speaker, trainer on blindness education, and prolific author Gail’s blindness has not stopped her from living the life she wants.
Gail grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana with two brothers (one being her twin) and one sister. She was born 2-and-a-half months premature and weighed 2 pounds. This coupled with the 100% pure oxygen being placed in her incubator for six weeks caused her to become partially and eventually fully blind.
Attending the Indiana School for the Blind, and later a girl’s high school, Gail went on to receive a BA from William Woods University, Fulton, MO in music-voice, piano, organ, speech, and English-and then to two master’s degrees-the first, in Pittsburg, KS in vocal performance, and the second from the Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO in Psychology and Counseling. Gail has sung leading roles in two major opera productions La Boheme, and La Traviata, and was crowned Ms. Colorado Senior America and 4th-runner up in the national MSA pageant.
Her soaring spirit has led Gail to build her former Habitat for Humanity home, to climb the historic 75-story Sydney Harbor bridge, and to partner with seven spectacular Seeing Eye dogs, Gretel, Lorraine, Kamber, Vinnie, Sarge, Maggie, and Ava.
Gail’s first book, Soaring into Greatness, a Blind Woman’s Vision to Live her Dreams and Fly relays Gail’s story of perseverance and passion. Her second book, Soaring Into Greatness, How to Live an Unstoppable, Unforgettable, Unbelievable Life Workbook is coming out soon.
To find out more information about Gail, please visit her website: soaringintogreatness.com
Tim Dodd is the Deputy City Manager of Englewood where he oversees administrative service departments, Public Works, strategic planning, and programs such as emergency management, homelessness, and sustainability. He has spent his career in local and state government, serving as the Director of Performance Management for the State of Massachusetts, Performance Manager for the City of Baltimore, MD, and Chief Performance Officer for the City of Santa Monica, CA. At the beginning of his career, Tim also served as an elected member of the Select Board in his hometown of Westborough, MA. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from American University, an M.A. in History from Providence College, and a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University. Public service and giving back to the community are important parts of Tim’s life, learned from his parents and grandparents, all of whom were involved in civic organizations in their hometowns. In his free time, he enjoys travel, hiking, spending time with his dogs, volunteering, trying new restaurants, skiing, kayaking, yoga, and climbing.