Thomas “Nick” McNicholas
DG Nick was born in Chicago, IL and in the same year his father enlisted into the newly formed US Air Force. This offered DG Nick the unique opportunity to live in numerous locations with diverse cultures. He has lived in one of the largest cities in the world (Tokyo) and in a number of remote rural areas.
Spending 34 years in private and public education, DG Nick was a high school principal for 26 years. He has shared that he started in the mail room of the company and worked his way up to CEO. By this he means, he started at age 16, as a classroom aide, became certificated teacher, moved up to counselor, promoted to being the Director of Guidance/Counseling, offered a Vice Principal position, and then earned his first Principal-ship in 1983. Although he retired in 2009, he has remained active in education by working part-time for the Accrediting Commission as a Lead Reviewer for Supplemental Education Programs.
He joined the Bishop Lions in 1985. In 1989, he transferred to the E-S-P-A-R-T-O Lions Club and last year celebrated 25 years as an Esparto Lion and 30 years as a Lion. DG Nick has held every office at the Club level, has been a Zone/Region Chair, was his Club’s and the Dos Rios Region Lion of Year twice, and in 1998-99 was the District Treasurer. For the last three years, he has been the Public Relations/Media Services Chair.
Training is a very important aspect to DG Nick. He has attended the Lions Education Institute, the Northern Cal Lions Forum, and currently working on degrees through the Lions University. He has been a presenter at our cabinet meetings and other Districts, and the MD4 Convention.
Finally, he is a member of International Food Fair/Educational Training Grant Committees, Northern California Lions Sight Association, Lions Education Foundation (LEF). DG Nick’s passion falls in the areas of education and mentoring.