Last updated: October 14. 2013 5:53PM - 602 Views

Dupont Lion President Dan Lello, left, presents the Lion of the Year award to Lion Rich Hansen.
Dupont Lion President Dan Lello, left, presents the Lion of the Year award to Lion Rich Hansen.
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The Dupont Lions Club recently held their installation and awards dinner at the VFW Post in Dupont.

This kickoff meeting signaled the start of another busy year for the Lions. White Cane Day is a celebrated on Oct. 15 of each year since 1964 to recognize the achievements of people who are blind and visually impaired and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence: the white cane. Monies raised by the Lions will help local eye bank organizations.

Past District Governor Mimi Tosh was on hand to swear in the new officers of the Lions and Leo Club. The 2013/2014 Dupont Lions Club officers are: President- Dan Lello; Secretary- Roseanne Linko, Treasurer - Kenny Shambe. 1st Vice President- Janet Rooney, 2nd Vice President - Rich Hansen and 3rd Vice President - Susan Gregory.

Also sworn in were members elected to serve on the board of directors for one year and they are Stan Knick and Susan Gregory. Boards of directors members serving a 2 year term are: Bart Bryk, Chris Kalmanowicz and Joe Cronick. Denise Rowan was named lion tamer and tail twister. This year’s Lion of the Year award went to Rich Hansen. Lion Rich is chairman of the Adopt the Highway Cleanup Campaign and is chairperson of the Dupont Hometown Hero Program. Banner will be displayed in the community honoring and remembering Dupont residents loved ones who served our country.

Michaela Moore, CEO of Fibers of the Earth, presented the Pittston Leo Club with their own club logo magnets to place on the green recycling clothing containers. The Leo Club has partnered a year ago with Fibers of the Earth to recycle gently used clothing. The green dragonfly containers are placed at the four Pittston Area school locations as well as the Dupont Municipal Building, making it convenient for everyone to drop off their items anytime 365 days a year.

To date, the Leo Club has collected 80,000 pounds of used clothing. The monies raised are being used to refurbish the library courtyard at the Pittston Area High School by turning the courtyard into a outdoor classroom for the student body.

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