Local people with a concern for helping others are the people who join the Lions Club.
2013-2014 Club President Brooks Rimes (716) 909-6438 Corresponding Secretary Annette Boies-Lobl (716) 773-3530
Serve" is the Lions' Motto. The mission of the Grand Island Lions Club
is to help those in need in our community with special emphasis on the
vision and hearing impaired, and children with disabilities. Major
fundraisers include a spaghetti dinner in the spring and a "White Cane"
drive in August. Our major event is the "Special Kids Picnic" in July
when over one thousand special needs children from the Erie-Niagara
area are treated to a picnic that includes a lunch along with boat
rides, pony rides, and other entertainment. We also perform MTI
Photo-screening of children's eyes (for early detection of eye disease)
coordinated through the local school systems. In addition we collect
eyeglasses and hearing aids for the disadvantaged and have a "loan
closet" for distribution of walkers, wheelchairs and other durable
goods. Our Club is also active in a number of drives both locally and
internationally to help the vision impaired. Our Club also recognizes
the importance of youth in our community. We participate annually
in a Peace Poster Contest, which encourages our middle-school age
children to creatively express their concept of world peace. We
award scholarships to high school graduates, based on their community
involvement, scholastic achievements and other criteria.
June 12th the Grand Island Lions Club held their annual Installation
Dinner at the Grand Island Holliday Inn. In addition to Officers
installed, the Club gave out milestone awards for years of
service: Tom Rusert (15 years), Fred Ruocco and Tom Witkowski (20
years), Tom DeCarlo, Pat Patterson, and Earl DeGlopper (35 years).
Officers pictured at the event are from left to right: Lions Tom
Witkowski (Immediate Past President), Paul Bassette (Director), Donna
Lavallee (First Vice President, Recording Secretary), Annette
Boies-Lobl (Corresponding Secretary), Brooks Rimes (President), Al
Ackerman (Lion Tamer), Tom Rusert (Second Vice President), Dave
Chervinsky and Anne Fahning (Directors), Fred Ruocco, (Tail Twister),
and Dick Crawford (Treasurer). Not present was Norm Hahn (Director)
Grand Island Lions awarded Teresa Hooper with the Lions Club
International Foundation Melvin Jones Award. The award is the LCIF’s
highest honor. Hooper is the Past President of the Miracle League of
Grand Island and was the driving force behind the successful completion
of the Miracle League Field on the Island. Posing with Teresa Hooper
holding her Melvin Jones Award are past Melvin Jones recipients from
left: Dave Chervinsky, Al Ackerman, Dick Crawford, Hooper, Tom
Witkowski and Paul Bassette.
Lion Sean Kelly (left) from Kelly's
Country Store Presented a check for $2800.00 to Lion President Tom Witkowski of
the Grand Island Lions at their regular dinner meeting held at the Holiday Inn
on May 8th. The Money, earmarked for the Special Kids Picnic to be
held on July 17th of this year, represents all profits from the
annual sale of Christmas trees at Kelly's Store. The sale in it's third year
has progressively improved with Sean noting they have added 100 tree stands
this year to make it easier to pick out a tree. Supporting the Special Kids
picnic is a rewarding tradition for Kelly's started by Sean's Father Mike Kelly
who was a long-standing member of the Lions and for many years donated his time
and store resources for the benefit of kids with special needs.
long time members of Our Club were presented with longevity
awards at our November 14th meeting. Pictured from left to right are
Lions Tom Butler (30 years), President Tom Witkowski, Al Ackerman (40
years), and John McCarthy (45 years). Lion John McCarthy Passed
away unexpectedly on January 16th 2013. Rest in peace Lion John.
December 12th the Grand Island Lions Club held their annual Christmas
Party at the Grand Island Holiday Inn. Lion Fred Ruocco was the
Master of Ceremonies and entertained the Club with seasonal songs and
much merriment. During the party the Lions raised $500 to be donated to
the Neighbors Foundation for annual holiday fund drive.
Lions fellowship was at its finest on October 24th 2012, at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Lions from our Sister Club of Merritton Ontario joined us for our joint dinner meeting on Grand Island. Steaks were on the grill, prizes were drawn, and everyone enjoyed the laughter, fun and camaraderie.
Lion President Tom Witkowski presents a check in the
amount of $200 to Tami Mills, Steve Krusicke, their son Ryan with Special
Spaces Buffalo co-founders Beverly Ann Olsen-Witkowski and Lynn Weber-Wall at
our 9/26 meeting.
Special Kids Picnic 2012
54th Annual Grand Island Lions Club "Special Kids Picnic" was held on
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 on the grounds of the Buffalo Launch Club.
Around 700 kids with special needs from all over Western New York were
treated to food and drink and a variety of entertainment including boat
rides, horseback rides, Shriners truck rides, and face painting. The
Niagara Experience players performed for the kids and the Grand Island
Fire Company brought their fire trucks and equipment for the kids to
explore. In addition Sabretooth and our Mascot Lion were real crowd
pleasers. Lion Annette Boies-Lobl, Picnic Chairman, stated
many schools and organizations were in attendance including
Autistic Services of WNY, Erie 1 BOCES from Clarence, Williamsville,
Casey, Sweet Home and West Seneca West Schools, in addition to
Heritage Education Centers and People Inc. Volunteers included
many people from our community along with Lions from other clubs such
as Ransomville, Wheatfield, Kenmore, South Buffalo-Lackawanna and
Merritton Ontario. Community volunteers included the Grand Island
Rotary, High School Cheerleaders, and Football Team, Kelly's
Country Store and Boy Scout Troop 104 from Kenmore.
Grand Island Lions Inducted their 2012-13 President Lion Tom Witkowski
at their Board of Directors Meeting on June 26th aboard Past President
Anne Fahnings Boat. Pictured on the bow are Lions Al Ackerman
(Lion Tamer), Anne Fahning (Past President), Annette Boies-Lobl
(Corresponding Secretary), Donna Lavallee (Recording Secretary), Tom
Witkowski (President) Henry Lobl (Director), Dave Chervinsky
(Director), Tom Rusert (3rd Vice President), Shelia Ferrentino
(Director) and Brooks Rimes (1st Vice President). Not present were Fred
Ruocco (Tail Twister), Norm Hahn (Director), and Dick Crawford
Large Print Donation
part of our ongoing mission, our Grand Island Lions Club recently
donated $1000 to the Grand Island Library to purchase large prints
books for the sight impaired. To date $9550 have been donated by our
Club for this purpose. Library Director Lynn Alan Konovitz is seen here
receiving the check from Lions Club President Anne Fahning while Lion
Dave Chervinsky looks on.
Peace Poster Awards
1st and 2nd place winners of the Lions Club Peace Poster contest were
honored recently, along with their families, at the Buffalo Launch
Club. From among 76 entries, Allison Sorci was selected to
receive $100 and second place winner, Katie Gibbons was given $50. Both
girls attend Grand Island Middle school. The contest has been open, for
24 years, to 11-13 year olds at St. Stephens and the Middle School.
This years theme was "Children Know Peace". Posters are judged on
expression of theme, artistic merit and originality. The posters will
be on displayed at the Grand Island Library along with previous winners
Pictured are Club President Anne Fahning, Allison Sorci, Katie Gibbons
and Paul Bassette, committee chairman.
speaker; Dr. Sandy Sieminski, addressed our club at our March
14th meeting. Dr Sieminski spoke about the newer treatments for
glaucoma available at the Ross Eye Institute.
Tree Decorating Fundraiser
Teachers Lt to Rt, Cheryl Chamberlain, Christina Podlucki and Bob
Simpson, presented a check for $300 to Lion President Anne Fahning from
Grand Island Student Council Holiday Tree Decorating Fundraiser.
Various school clubs decorated trees that were auctioned off at the
Town Hall Recreational department’s community event with Santa on
December 14th in the Viking Mall at the GIHS. The clubs sponsored
12 trees with $100 of donated decorations. There were 8 different
activities available for the participants including ornament making,
food drive with GI Neighbors Foundation, Santa and Face Painting. Along
with many students volunteers, there were approximately 300-400
people who came to participate.
Helping the Neighbors Foundation
with gifts for the Neighbors Foundation. Lt-rt Lions Al Ackerman, DG
Clancey Burkwit, Donna Lavallee, Tom Witkowski, Bill Wind, Brooks
Rimes, Shelia Ferrentino, Tom Rusert, Dave Chervinsky, Dick Planavsky,
Ed Payan, John McCartney, and Mike Steinagel. Obstructed and holding
the banner is Fred Ruocco.
Special Kids Picnic 2011
July 20 at the Buffalo Launch Club grounds over 750 children and staff
were treated to boat rides, pony rides, Shriner Mini Kar rides,
magicians, clowns, face painting, popcorn, soda, hot dogs and
hamburgers. The Niagara Experience Players, a group of young people
from Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda, entertained the children with
singing and dancing. Over 110 volunteers from the Grand Island,
Ransomville, Kenmore, Merritton Ontario Lions Clubs teamed with
Excalibur Leisure Skills, private boat owners, Knights of Columbus,
Grand Island High School cheerleaders and football team as well as Girl
Scout Troop 39 and Boy Scout Troop 104 and community citizens worked to
make the day a special summer experience for kids with special needs.
Participating schools were Erie 1 BOCES, Niagara Orleans BOCES,
Autistic Services, and Heritage Education Centers, Sweet Home School,
People Inc, and the Health association of Niagara County Day Camp.
Lions Join the Ride for Roswell The
Grand Island Lions Club will be participating in the Ride for
Roswell-Grand Island on August 21st. The Ride supports our world
renowned Cancer Institute and helps raise money for cancer
research. Anyone who would like to join our Lions Club Team
can sign up here: http://giving.roswellpark.org/page.aspx?pid=1205. Once you register you can choose "Grand Island Lions Club" as your team.
Lions donate $75,000 for Miracle League! The
Grand Island Lions Club has been working with Miracle League of Grand
Island and Western New York for the last six months helping with
fundraising, submitting grants and getting other Lions Clubs
involved with Miracle League. We now report our grant application to
Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/lci-foundation/index.php has
been fully funded. Because the $75,000 requires matching funds,
the Grand Island Lions Club has been working together with Miracle
League with various fundraisers. In addition, Other Lions Clubs
in the District are participating. The Lancaster Lions have
co-sponsored the grant application while the Amherst Lions donated
$1000 from a recent pancake breakfast fundraiser. Lions District 20N,
of which the Grand Island Lions is a member, also donated $1000. Our
Grand Island Club also has three smaller grants that will be submitted
to help Miracle League.
Lions Club District 20N Governor Gary Carini presents a check for $75,000 to Teresa Hooper, President of Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York. Also present 2nd from left Grand Island Lions 2nd Vice President Tom Witkowski, President Dave Chervinsky, and Grand Island Lions and Miracle League member Mike Steinagel.
Lions Journey For Sight - April 2009
The Lions Clubs of Western New York is hosting the 20th anniversary of
the Lions Journey For Sight on Saturday, April 25, at Tuscarora State
Park, 3371 Lake Road (Route 18), in Wilson, NY. Registration begins at
10 a.m. with the walk underway at 11 a.m. The Walk is from 0 to 4 miles
with a route suitable for any age or physical ability. Entertainment
will be provided by the Niagara Experience Players and the Strawberry
Festival Idol winners. There will be free food and refreshments for the
fee of just $5.00. If a commemorative tee shirt is wanted, fee is
$15.00. All information is available on line at www.20nlions.org
or call 773-4437. Beneficiaries are Canine Helpers for the Handicapped,
Niagara County food pantries, Vision Beyond Sight, SEE Program, and
Lions Camp Badger. This event is being promoted by the Grand Island
2009 Grand Island Lions Spaghetti Dinner is a Huge Success!
On Monday March 30th the Grand Island Lions had their 39th annual
Spaghetti Dinner at the Grand Island Holliday Inn. The event, thanks to
the tremendous participation from our Grand Island community, was
a resounding success and raised money for the "Special Kids
Picnic" to be held on July 15th at the Buffalo Launch Club.
Lions Sight Night (Halloween) October 31st 2008 The
Grand Island Lions, with the help of children from the
community, volunteer each year to collect eyeglasses and hearing
aids, and recycle them to help the disadvantaged around the world
to see and hear again. If you would like to volunteer or for more
information Click Here ________________________________________________________
Campaign Sight First II The
Lions are in the midst of Campaign SightFirst II, a global initiative
to raise $200 million for our blindness prevention and sight retention
efforts around the world. Thirty-seven million people are blind with
80% losing their vision needlessly. With current growth, 41 million
more individuals will lose their sight by 2020. We have pledged not to
allow this to happen. Eleven adults and one child lose their sight
forever every minute. Please help us in this cause - every donation
will be welcomed! For more information about The
Grand Island Lions contribution to Campaign Sight First II and how you
can help, call (716) 773-4437, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Island, New York is one of the world's most unique locations. To those
who live here, it is much more. It shares the natural brilliance of
neighboring Niagara Falls, as well as the vibrancy and vitality of
nearby Buffalo. Grand Island is located on the Niagara River, an
international border between the United States and Canada. While
serving the Community of Grand Island and Western New York, Our Club
interacts and shares in activities of our "Sister Club" the Merritton
Lions Club of St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada. To visit our "Sister
Club" go to:Merritton Lions Club
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Photo courtesy of Paul McCarthy and the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Taken by Mark Dettmer - Angel Arts Publications Available as postcard, Chamber Office (5/$1.00)
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