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PO Box 195
Knightsen, CA 94548
 Lions Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children, Inc.

Board of Directors

Lions Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children, Inc is a 501(c)(3) charity foundation formed under the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for the purpose of providing the opportunity to grow and learn through fellowship and the camp experience for hearing impaired children. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors elected by participating Lions, Lioness and Leo clubs of California.

Executive Board for 2014

Richard A.Wilmot

Rich Lion Richard was born in Sacramento, California in 1947. He is a graduate of La Sierra High School in Carmichael and Cerritos College in Norwalk. He is married to Lion Sandi and between them have six children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Richard spent six years in the US Navy and was honorably discharged as a Machinist Mate Second Class. He retired after thirty-seven years with the State of California, Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation. Lion Richard is a member of the Elk Grove Pride of Laguna Creek Lions Club.

He has maintained 28 years of Perfect Attendance and has been Lions MD-4 Council Chair as well as a District Governor. He is also a Past President of the Northern California Lions Sight Association & Chief Financial Officer for the Lion’s Educational Foundation both 501 C 3 nonprofit organizations.

He has been a volunteer for Wilderness Camps for over 20 years and joined the Board of Directors in 2012.

Dana Johnson

Dana Dana has been interested in camping since many experiences with her family, Girl Scouts and church camps. Throughout her career as a registered nurse, she cared for children as well as adults.

When husband, David, became a Lions District Governor (4C5) she learned about the Lions Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children and wanted to get involved. In 2004, Dana volunteered to be the nurse for Teresita Pines and became the nurse for Camp Ross Relles when it opened. She joined the Board in spring of 2013 and became Secretary in June.

Helping each camper and adult have a SAFE fun filled week is Dana’s passion. Taking ASL classes has helped Dana encourage the campers to use their sign language skills.

Robin L. Nichol
Gold Country Lions Camp – Camp Manager

Nick NicholNick and his wife Francine are native Californians. He retired as an aviator from the US Air Force in 1989. They are both members of the Sunrise Lions Club of Roseville California, District 4-C5. He has been a Lion since 1982, she joined in 1992. Nick served as District Governor in 1994-95.

The Nichols have been involved with Wilderness camp since 1993 serving as volunteers at camp every year since, usually with a culinary specialty. Nick joined the Board of Directors in 1995, serving as District Chairman, Area Director and head chef. He has been Secretary of the Foundation since 1999 and is now serving as the Camp Manager for the Gold Country Lions Camp – Ross Relles. They both enjoy fishing, canoeing, camping and drawing.


Vicki Ford
South Camp Representative

Vicki became a Lion in 1995 as a member of Vallejo Sea Lions in Vallejo, CA, and has been associated with Wilderness Camp since 1992. She joined the Board of Directors of Wilderness Camp in 1998. She and her husband Earle recently moved to Oceanside and is now employed in the San Diego area. She has worked at North Camp several times and "I enjoy working for the kids. Wilderness Camp is very near and dear to my heart." 760-295-0820

Directors & District Lion Representatives

Contact any member on this list to schedule a speaker for your club or organization or to get additional information on Wilderness Camp activities in your area. Members listed are members of the Board of Directors.






Denise Arnold




Danny Raymond




Francine Nichol

Fair Oaks



Fay Young




Richard Wilmot

Elk Grove



Frank Andrade




Roy Rinaldi

Huntington Beach



Dick Seward

Laguna Woods



Earle Ford