San Bruno Lions Club


Lion Mario Benavente was born and raised in San Francisco, the youngest of three children. He attended St. Finn Barr Elementary School and graduated from Reardon High School in 1978. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from University of Southern California. He remained at USC for dental school and received his DDS Degree in 1986.

Lion Mario has been practicing dentistry in San Bruno since 1992. He is a past president of the San Mateo Dental Society and served as a delegate to the California Dental Association. He received the Board Director’s Award in 2002 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2003 from the dental society.

Lion Mario joined the San Bruno Lions Club in 2001. He served as director, bulletin editor, club secretary (twice), club treasurer (4 times), and membership chair. He served as club president in 2006-2007. San Bruno Lions Club won the Top Club during his term.

Lion Mario has served as Cabinet Treasurer, Region Chair (twice), Zone Chair (twice), and was the President of the Peninsula Council of Lions Clubs 2011-2012. He attended the MD-4 Lions Leadership Institute in 2010. He served as the District Budget & Finance Chairman and on the District Centennial Committee. He served on the District Convention Committee as Treasurer and a Chairman of the golf tournament. He is the Secretary of the District’s Global Leadership / Global Membership Team.

Lon Mario is a Melvin Jones Fellow and a Harry Asian Student Speaker Fellow. He has been recognized with an International President’s Certificate of Appreciation, a District Governor’s Certificate of Appreciation, a Multiple District 4 Excellence Award and two 100% Secretary Awards.

Lion Mario is actively involved in St. Robert’s Parish. He is a Past Chairman of the Parish Council, has twice chaired the parish festival and has been a lector for 21 years. He has coached his daughter’s basketball team for the past two years.

Lion Mario has been married to Lion Rose for 24 years. Together, they raised their three daughters: Christine, a graduate of Santa Clara University, who is continuing her studies at Columbia University; Rachel, a freshman at Chapman University; and Michelle, a 7th grader at St. Robert’s School.

District Committees and Lions Leadership Teams Lion Mario Serves

  • District Convention Committee – Golf Coordinator, Honorary Member
  • Global Leadership Team and Global Membership Team – Secretary
  • MD-4 Club Services Committee – 2nd Vice District Governor Representative (2015-2016)