Membership in the Lakewood First Lions Club set a new record this month with the induction of Jarrett Mattson of Lakewood. Not only did Mattson become the youngest member ever for the club, he became the club’s first full-time college student.
Mattson was so anxious to get involved in club projects he began before officially being inducted. He was unable, because of his heavy double-major class load, to attend the club’s 7:00 a.m. meetings at Bur’s Restaurant in Lakewood. Since he was free on Saturdays he jumped at the opportunity to get involved in the “Paint Lakewood Beautiful” project just getting underway.
And so, since he was unable to attend meetings where normal induction ceremonies take place, it was only natural that the club established another new record: Mattson was inducted in a ceremony in the middle of the painting project.
Mattson is studying at Pierce College’s Fort Steilacoom campus for a career in industrial engineering, a goal that will soon take him to the University of Washington. His college activities include membership on various committees and the founding an academic group focusing broadly on all aspects of engineering and design that went from 30 members the first few weeks to 5,000 members now.
On being invited by his sponsor and neighbor, Ed Kane, he was immediate in his positive response. His interest in working on local community service projects lay just below the surface because he was unable to find other like-minded people to associate with. Now he has an entire club with the same attitude.