by Jessica Warzeniak
photos by Alexis Ann
An installation ceremony was held on Saturday, June 19th, at the Shennecossett Yacht Club, Groton, for incoming officers of the Groton Lions Club. Kevin Morin, owner, Morin Associates, was elected as the club president for 2010-2011.
Maria Doren was elected to serve as the new club secretary. The club’s treasurer is Theresa White. Other officers installed at the ceremony where KB Bryant, First Vice President, Dave Fausset, Second Vice President, Lee Kusterer, Third Vice President, Kim Williams, Tail Twister, and Brittney Atkinson, Lion Tamer. Steve Hurley and Karen Segal joined Ken Smith and Nick Utz on the Board of Directors.
Armand LaFleur, Past District Governor, CT Lions, was the installing officer and Groton Lion Jan Miller, Vice District Governor, was the Sergeant at Arms.
Lee Kusterer and Maria Doren were recipients of the Ambassador of Sight Award, the highest award given by the district. The award was established in 2002 by the Low Vision Center Board to honor a Lion for outstanding service to the association and the associations it serves.
Knight of the Blind, the state’s highest award, was given to Don Byles, owner, Byles Funeral Home. It was established in 1956 by the CT Lions Eye Research Foundation (CLERF). Don was given the Knight of the Blind Award for his generosity and compassion.
Bob Douton received Lion of the Year in recognition of his commitment to Lionism.
All of the awards were presented by Perley Kent, Membership Chairman.
The Groton Lions Club meets on 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 7:00 pm at the Groton Motor Inn. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Groton Lions Club, please contact Perley Kent, Membership Director, at 860.445.7564.