by Sandy MacKay
Who are these Lions, that number over 1.35 million worldwide and reside in 46,000 clubs in 207 countries?
These thoughts were going through my mind as I was driving to the Installation Dinner meeting of the local Groton Lions Club, which was being held at the Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa on June 15.
The international website has a description of who the Lions really are: “Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That’s because we help where help is needed—in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy.”
I could feel that energy as I was introduced from one member to the next prior to being seated for dinner. Outgoing President Karen Bryant thanked her fellow Lions for their support throughout her term. Then, First Vice District Governor Steve Novic grabbed the microphone and sang to the crowd of about 50 Lions and guests to the delight of all. The evening moved quickly as awards were handed out for special recognition and effort. The 12 new appointees, after hearing their title and job description read aloud by Steve, individually accepted their task and lit a candle to seal the deal.
Filling the new positions for the calendar year are: Dave Fausset, President; Lee Kusterer, First Vice President and Membership; Mark Williams, Second Vice President; Shannon Mack, Second Vice President and Tail Twister; Marilyn Searle, Lion Tamer; Britany Atkinson, Treasurer; Perley Kent, Membership; Maria Doren, Secretary. The Board of Directors comprises Kristina Medert, Karen Segal, Nick Utz, and Steve Hurley.
Despite the diversity in the room, the common thread was of a very tight family who all had one goal: community service. If you want to help serve your community, give Dave Fausset a call at 860.705.6689.