EAST PALESTINE- The newly formed East Palestine Lions Club celebrated its Charter Night June 17 at Bojangles Restaurant where officers were installed and a keynote address was given by Lions' Past International Director Jerry Smith from Wauseon.
Charter members in attendance were inducted into the Lions International organization by District Governor David Gaugh. Past Council Chairman Paul Metrovich installed Cindy Robb as the club's president. Other officers installed by Metrovich were Mamie Tollas and Cindy Fletcher , vice presidents; Kelli Gordon, secretary; Tamara Gordon, treasurer; Brian Brinegar, tail twister; and Sue Gregory, Lion tamer. Brinegar will also serve as the club's membership director.
Other charter members recognized at the event were Mark Dumbauld, Sharon Gregory, Tamara Hess, Jim Kachelries, Kevin Reynold, Leonard Stanley, Janie Strohecker, Judith Doutt, Duane Doyle, Maggie Guglielmo, Mary Jackson, George MacGillivray, Susan Reynolds, Kris Shipley, Bill Strohecker, Tim Szczypinski and Margo Zuch. Past District 13-D Governor Don Heldman served as master of ceremonies for the event. Lion Bob Algood, Lions Zone 9 chairman, led the Pledge of Allegiance; Jeff Snyder, past district governor , led the singing of "God Bless America," and Ted Filmer, past district governor, gave the invocation.
Vice District 13-D Governor Tom Zickefoose introduced Smith, who is a retired school superintendent. Smith spoke about what it means to be a Lion. He also challenged the new Lions to remember and to live by the Lions Club motto, "We Serve."
Smith, a member of the Wauseon Lions Club, has been a Lion 1984. He has held numerous offices as a Lion, including district governor, and is the recipient of many Lions awards, including five International President's Certificates of Appreciation and an International President's Leadership Medal. He was accompanied to the event by his wife, Judy, who is also a Lion. Both are Progressive Melvin Jones Fellows. The East Palestine club was sponsored by the New Waterford Lions Club whose president, Don Johnson, accepted a sponsorship patch on behalf of his club. Johnson will serve as the "Guiding Lion" for the East Palestine club.
In his closing remarks, Heldman said anyone joining the new club within the next two weeks will be listed as charter members. He also announced the club's next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Threshhold Services, 140 N. Market St.