The Manor Township Lions celebrated their 50th anniversary at Lenape Technical School with a meal prepared and served by chef Casey Davis and the culinary students on Oct. 24.
The keynote speaker for the occasion was International Director Samuel A. Milliken, who spoke on the many aspects of Lionism from international through the club levels.
The club honored its two active charter members, Lions Raymond Heilman and Carl Culp, with Lion afghans. Each was presented with International Presidential Certificates of Appreciation by Milliken, and received their 50-year chevrons from King Lion PDG Jack McGaughey. Also in attendance were Paul Caruso, Ray Croyle and Jay Heilman, who where members when the club was organized.
McGaughey thanked the Elderton Lions Club for sponsoring the Manor Township Lions and Lion Richard Frye of the Elderton Lions spoke of the sponsorship.
There were 12 Lions Clubs represented and two past Pennsylvania State Council Chairmen were in attendance, PDG Brian McCarl of the Little Beaver Club and PDG Jack “JT” Binstead of Bala Cynwyd-Narberth Lions Club near Philadelphia.
Numerous gifts and prizes were awarded to those in attendance.
The club met again on Nov. 21, and the meeting was called to order by McGaughey at the Lenape Heights Golf Course. Six guests were introduced by McGaughey. They included John Fox, son of Jim and Marge Fox, and Victoria Wolfe, daughter of Frank and Sharon Wolfe, students of the month for September and October.
The membership expressed its thanks for their response for the apple butter project. More than 80 percent of the members participated in the project. McGaughey presented Lion J. Gary DeComo with a plaque signifying him as the King of the Apple Cutters. Also presented to DeComo was an engraved apple cutter for his dedication to the apple butter project.
Lion Bill Rush reported on the calendar tickets.
DeComo has presented a drug prevention video that he has made to all the sixth grades in the school district.
The finance committee is planning for an audit in the near future.
The students of the month each gave a short talk on their school and community participation as well as their future plans. They were presented a Lions Clock by DeComo.
McGaughey spoke on the Lions Youth programs which included student exchange, Lions Quest program in the schools and the Leo Clubs.
McGaughey called the Dec. 5 to order at the Lenape Heights Golf Course. The flag salute was led by Cub Jackson McGaughey, the first verse of “America” by Lion Diana Taylor, the invocation by Lion Bob Faulx and the Lions Toast by Lion Jason Smith.
McGaughey welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced the guests and introduced Jason and Mandy Smith who were later voted into membership and initiated by Mandy’s father Vice District Governor Tom Deal. PDG Dick Clever introduced his wife, Kathy, as his guest.
Lion Jasan Hileman distributed the treasurer’s report and explained the form.
McGaughey said all new members should have received a new member kit and pin, if not let him know. Mandy and Jason Smith received their kits and pins after being installed.
Sign-up sheets were distributed for the Christmas Party with Kittanning Lions and Big Brothers and Big Sisters Christmas party.
Lion Bill Rush reported that he has distributed about 600 three-month lottery calendar tickets to the membership. Also, he handed out self-addressed envelopes for return of stubs and money. Hileman reported that there is nearly 30 gallons of apple butter left. Anyone wishing additional jars should contact him.
McGaughey was apologetic for not thanking Lion Sheri for her participation in Adopt-A-Highway.The first meeting in January (not regular meeting night due to the holiday) will be held at the Cadet. Members will be asked their opinion on continuing there or returning to Lenape Heights.
The club voted to purchase Wal-Mart gift cards for each child at the Big Brothers-Big Sisters Christmas Party.
Over the Hill Gang
The Over Hill Gang met on Dec. 10 with nine members in attendance. The gang donated $10 gifts to each patient at the Armstrong County Health Center for Project Joy and $10 to each patient at Kittanning Care for Share the Spirit. The group also donated to HAVIN, The Salvation Army and Armstrong County Community Action. Thanks is extended to Trader Horn, Andy’s Market and Riverside for donating to the hot dog and bake sale held at Trader Horn on Dec. 2 and to the Tri-County Music Group Chapter 2 for its donation.
A special meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at Sam’s garage in Garretts Run. Election of officers will be held at the meeting. New members 60 years old or older or anyone who is handicapped are welcome. Questions may be directed to Jane at 724-548-7757 or Millie at 724-763-9942.
The Friendly Neighbors Home Extension Group met at the Goheenville Presbyterian Church with President Darlene Reedy presiding and 11 members and one guest present. Devotions were Christmas readings read by members. The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were read. Five get-well cards and one sympathy card were signed by members and mailed to family and friends.
The project for the day was making Christmas cookies and candy trays for rest homes, Country Care Home and Kittanning Care.
A Christmas party was held, and the secret sister names were revealed. The members then drew names for secret sisters for 2006 with $8 as the new price to pay for birthday and Christmas gifts. The fundraiser drawing was won by Virginia Rupp and the door prize by Carol Porter.The next meeting will be held Jan. 4 and members are to take items in for a white elephant sale.