Posted by Tomball Lions Club on Nov 09, 2018
Lion President Bubba Hardee introduced guest speaker Maria Ines Flores. She is a past gymnast who trained at the Bela Karolyi Gym near Huntsville, TX (1983-1985) with Mary Lou Retton. Lions & Guest pictured left-right are: Lion President Bubba Hardee, Special Speaker Maria Ines Flores, Maria assistant Karina Eisner and New Lion Member Erin Stapleton.
Maria Ines Flores was a finalist in all four events at the 1987 Pan American Games and the first Olympian gymnast from Guatemala competing in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.  Her education includes a BA in Business Administration, an MBA from UT-Austin, and training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Nutritional Coach.  Ms. Flores’ gave a very interesting and enjoyable presentation on “How to Live to be 100” suggesting that longevity occurs in specific regions and cultures around the world due to more factors then diet alone.  In the United States, 1 in 5,000 people live to be 100 years old while in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica 1 in 250 live to be 100 or more.  Nicoya is one of 3 “blue zones” discussed, including Loma Linda, California, and Ikaria, Greece, “the island where people forget to die”.  A “blue zone” is a demographically confirmed geographical area where people live measurably longer.  In addition to diet, factors that affect longevity include geography, culture, and outlook, spirituality, a relaxed pace of life, clean air, warm breezes, and an active lifestyle. 
Lion President Bubba Hardee then inducted New Member David Cockran into the Tomball Lions Club. Lions & Guest pictured below from left to right are: Lion President Bubba Hardee, Newest Lion Member David Cochran, Lion David Cochran sponsor Director Allen Eckhardt and New Lion Member Erin Stapleton. Both Photos provided by Lion Al Gerhardt.
We would like to give David a huge welcome to the Tomball Lions Club and a special thank you to his sponsor Lion Director Allen Eckhardt.