Manuel "Manny" Sanchez
Home Club: Montebello Lions
79h District Governor for District 4L2
Manuel Sanchez is a Native Southern Californian and was raised in Long Beach, California. He currently is employed with the Los Angeles County Office of Education as the Production and Operations Engineer/Manager for the video production unit for the past 21 Years. He is responsible for the operations of high definition sound stages and edit bays, high definition videoconferencing and webcast equipment, as well as training staff and consulting with other units in need of high end multimedia or audio visual presentations. His 32 year broadcast career also included working with ESPN Sports, Long Beach Memorial Hospital, McDonnell Douglas, Rockwell, Boeing and the former KLON-FM. Manuel was the cinematographer for a documentary on domestic violence that was nominated for a local Emmy Award.
He currently holds two Federal Communication Commission Licenses, a General Commercial Class for broadcast television and radio and an Amateur Radio Technician Class. With the Amateur Radio License he is active with the American Red Cross, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) for the City of Norwalk and the Regional CERT covering 21 cities. As a volunteer for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Norwalk Station, Manuel is both a member of Ham Watch (Amateur Radio) and Volunteers on Patrol assisting with non-hazardous assignments which include DUI check points and traffic control.
With the passion of being a Lion, Manuel felt that the best fit for him would be to serve as the Lions Alert Chair for the Norwalk Lions Club. Later he became the Lions Alert Chair for the District 4-L2. As chair he joined the American Red Cross’ Disaster Services as a disaster volunteer and is known as “Lion Manny.” He is currently Co-Chair in the Red Cross Los Angeles Region Territory 4 overseeing the volunteers and disaster service for 49 cities. He is on-call as the Disaster Action Team Leader assisting families with food, water and housing during emergencies. He assists in shelter and evacuation center operations and when needed is a government liaison at the County of Los Angeles Emergency Operations Center. In 2012 he was sent to New York to help with the relief efforts during the Hurricane Sandy Operations. As an Emergency Response Vehicle Supervisor, his team served 1600 meals a day. During his volunteer efforts he proudly wears his Lions pin whenever he can.
Manuel joined Lions Club International as a member of the Norwalk Lions Club in August of 2009 and was sworn in by Past Lions International President Kay Fukushima during the District’s 4-L2 Governor’s Cabinet installation when Past International Director Larry Dicus was coming in as a District Governor. In the Norwalk Lions Club he was president for two years and led in the development of a club foundation. With District 4-L2, Manuel held the positions of Membership Retention, Environment Chair, Lions Alert Chair, Technology Chair, Global Member Team Chair and Zone Chair. He was “Lion of the Year” at the club and district levels and has proudly won numerous District, MD4 and Lions International awards.
Manuel’s Motto is “Building a Strong Foundation,” to continue teaching new Lions the purpose of being a Lion and to promote new leaders in Lions Clubs International