Wood and other officers of the 80-member service club were installed recently during a dinner at Ramon Rios Winery on Linne Road.
In taking over the presidency from Walter Gouveia, Wood told members he planned to continue the community service projects the club has become known for.
But he also wants to involve more new, younger members in the activities as older members yield their leadership roles to a new generation of Lions.
For four generations, the Breakfast Lions have developed a reputation as an active, hands-on organization that sponsors a series of annual fundraisers and operates the club’s trailer to serve pancakes at the Fourth of July celebration and elsewhere throughout the year. The proceeds finance club projects, provide funds for youth sports teams and school groups, and help those with low sight.
Wood grew up in Tucson, Ariz., and earned a bachelor’s degree in music from University of Arizona.
He taught music for eight years at Richmond High School in Contra Costa County and is still proud of a state champion jazz band.
Wood moved into law enforcement as an officer with the El Cerrito Police Department in 1978. After serving as a sergeant, he joined the Tracy PD in 1994 as a lieutenant. He served as a watch commander and in department administration before retiring in 2004.
He also taught at police academies and Peace Officer Standards and Training courses.
He and his wife, Sherri, have two daughters and three granddaughters between them.
In addition to Wood, other new Breakfast Lions officers are Jim Solarez, first vice president; Marvin Gallimore, second vice president; Kevin Vierra, third vice president; Gene Birk, secretary; Jack Borrego and Dick Spence, treasurers; Wes Huffman, tail twister; Ray McDonald and Rick Hanson, Lion tamers; and Mickey McGuire, bulletin editor.