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Youngstown Lions Club holds meet and greet

by jmaloni
Fri, May 3rd 2013 07:00 pm
Youngstown Lion Gary Myers, an Equi-Star board member, chats with Sandy Klinger, a volunteer with Equi-Star for 17 years.
Youngstown Lion Gary Myers, an Equi-Star board member, chats with Sandy Klinger, a volunteer with Equi-Star for 17 years.
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The Youngstown Lions Club recently held its spring meet and greet at the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Co. firehall. The event provided visitors an opportunity to discover what the Youngstown Lions Club is all about.

"What we do, who we serve and how we do it," said Youngstown Lion Ernest Lavigueur. He reports more than 80 attended, including members from Youngstown Lions' twinning club, Niagara-on-the Lake, and community residents.

Also in attendance were Lion-sponsored agencies Excalibur Leisure Skills Center, Equi-Star Therapeutic Riding Center, Vision Beyond Sight Foundation, Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Services, Wings Flights of Hope, Finger Lakes Hearing Foundation, UNYTS and Canine Helpers (which brought two service dogs, Joe and Jessie), and Boy Scout troop No. 829.

"Those in attendance learned a great deal about these agencies with their eye-catching displays and friendly and informative representatives. In addition, a monetary donation was made to each agency," Lavigueur said.

Notable was a visit from Christine Dobrasz, RN, from the Niagara Falls City School District, who shared her story of how the Youngstown Lions Club was able to assist one of her kindergarten students in procuring a replacement prosthetic eye.

"There wasn't a dry eye in the place!" Lavigueur said.

With food, refreshments, music by Gregg Sansone, goodie bags, a basket auction and two 50/50 raffles, a good time was had by all. Lavigueur said Lions, vendors and community residents donated a large number of baskets and gift certificates.

He said there were nine attendees who expressed an interest in joining the Youngstown Lions Club. They were invited to an orientation and general membership meeting in May.

For those who were unable to attend the meet-and-greet event, but are interested in learning more about or joining the Youngstown Lions Club, contact Lion Stu Comerford, membership chairman, at 716-745-7098.

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