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Mystic Lions Club Inducts Officers

Mystic Lions Club recently inducted a new slate of officers at a dinner hosted by Bob and June Valenti. Outgoing President, Lion George Finlayson thanked the members for their support over the last two years and fulfilling the Lion’s Club goal of humanitarian service and public outreach.

Lion Joe Gush was named a Knight of the Blind by the CT Lion’s Eye Research Foundation, (CLERF), in recognition of his outstanding community service. Designated as the club’s highest honor, this award symbolizes the attributes of generosity, compassion and concern for others.

Lion June Valenti replaced the outgoing Lion, George Finlayson, as the new two year president. Other officers inducted include, First Vice President Nancy McDonald, Second Vice President Michael Cardillo, Third Vice President George Bernhard, Secretary William Burdick, Treasurer David Page, Lion Tamer Joy Helmold, Tail Twister Patti McSorley, Corresponding Secretary Sheri Pellerin, Financial Secretary Candice Antrop, Directors Bill Abt, Herb Holmstedt, Nanette Burdick and Susan Jenson, Membership Director, Maryann Read, and Committee Members John Read and Edward Hutter. Responsible for Ads and Publicity is Jennifer Johnson, Community Outreach, Abby Parkinson, and Special Events is Chris Gush.

News from Mystic Lions Club

Lion of the Year: David K. Helmold

The Lion of the Year award was posthumously awarded to Lion David K.  Helmold in recognition of his outstanding service, loyalty and devotion to Lionism.  Lion David continuously displayed the true spirit of Lionism and exemplified the motto, WE SERVE.  He will be remembered as a great Lion and a true friend to all of us!

Knight of the Blind: June Valenti

June Valenti of Stonington was  named a Knight of the Blind by CT Lions Eye Research Foundation, (CLERF) in recognition of her outstanding community service.

Humanitarian service is the goal of all Lions.  Our association was founded for the purpose of serving others, and in doing so, make the world a better place.  In 1925, Helen Keller challenged the Lions of the world to dedicate themselves to helping the blind and sight impaired.  Lions everywhere  responded through thousands of projects to benefit those in need.

In 1993, the foundation recognized the need to establish a special commendation for outstanding service to our association and those “We Serve”.  Designated as the foundation’s highest honor, this recognition symbolizes the attributes of generosity, compassion and concern for others and the high esteem in which Lion June is held by other Lions dedicated to humanitarian service.

Melvin Jones Fellow: Patti McSorley

Patti McSorley of Mystic was named a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), in recognition of her commitment to serving the world community.

Named for the founder of Lions Club International, Melvin Jones, the fellowship is the foundation’s highest honor,  recognition of a commitment to humanitarian service.  Lion Patti is a member of the Mystic Lions Club.  She recently received a plaque and label pin acknowledging her dedication to the foundation’s humanitarian goals.

Lion’s Club International is the world’s largest service club with more than 1.4 million members.  As a charitable arm of the association, LCIF makes grants for the vital community and global projects that meet a wide range of humanitarian needs.  The LCIF SightFirst program unites more than 42,000 Lions Clubs in a worldwide endeavor to eliminate preventable blindness.