On Saturday, July 25, the Barker Lions installed the 2020-21 officers and presented various awards. Lion Tom Mallon was presented with the Robert J. Uplinger Award. Established in 1993, the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award honors outstanding Lions and non-Lions who perform exemplary service to a club, district or community. These honorees possess the highest examples of Lionistic character, ideals, purpose and service.
A press release said, “Lion Tom was recognized for his service to the club and to the youth of the community. He has aided the club with the construction of a chicken barbecue pit, a project that allowed students in Barker to learn the art of welding. He has created plaques for the club. Whenever called upon, he has volunteered his time to help the club. As a teacher in Barker Central School, he has guided and inspired many students in his technology classes. Barker Lions were excited to present this award to him.”
The induction ceremony was conducted by Past District Gov. Jeff Jarvis. Tim Leising was installed as president. Other officers include: vice presidents Scott Ecker, Dale Corwin and Philip Russell; board members Wayne Rider, Tom Mallon, Kurt Lutz and Chris Czelusta; Secretary Matt Costello; Treasurer Jim Bittner; Lion Tamer Art Harris; and Tail Twister Abe Sullivan.
Jarvis also installed a new member, Aaron Watts. Outgoing President Tom Ware acknowledged many who helped make this year a success. Lion Tina Linderman received the Most Distinguished Lion Award while Margo Sue Bittner received the Lion of the Year.
The club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. Each session includes dinner and speaker. For more information about the Barker Lions and its projects, go to www.BarkerLions.org. To become involved in one of the projects, to speak at a meeting or to be a guest at a meeting, call 716-778-7001 or email [email protected].