Last updated: October 26. 2013 12:41PM - 1094 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 its installation and awards dinner at the VFW Post in Dupont. This kick-off meeting signals the start of another busy year for the Lions.

In keeping with the Lions’ established tradition of assisting the blind, the Lions will have a collection drop off for White Cane beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 at the intersection Main Street and Bear Creek Hub adjacent the HUB One. White Cane Day has been celebrated on Oct. 15 of each year since 1964 to recognize the achievements of blind and visually-impaired people and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence: the white cane. Money raised by the Lions will help local eye bank organizations.

Traditionally, the first meeting begins with the start of the club’s one fundraiser “Match the Daily Number.” Members have began selling tickets for $10. The drawings will begin on Monday, Nov. 25 and run for four weeks ending Dec. 21. Money raised funds the Holiday Christmas lights, the Halloween safety stations and the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

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, First Vice President Janet Rooney, Second Vice President Rich Hansen and Third Vice President Susan Gregory. Also sworn in were members elected to serve on the board of birectors for one year. They are Stan Knick and Susan Gregory. Boards of directors for a two-year term are Bart Bryk, Chris Kalmanowicz and Joe Cronick. Denise Rowan was named Lion Tammer and tail Twister.

This year’s Lion of the Year Award went to Rich Hansen, chairman of the Adopt the Highway Cleanup Campaign and is Chairperson of the Dupont Hometown Hero Program. A 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 Leos Club with its own club logo magnets to place on the green recycling clothing containers. The Leos have partnered a year ago with Fibers of the Earth to recycle gentle 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 Leos Club has collected 80,000 pounds of used clothing. The money raised is 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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