Lions 20N District Gov. Richard Battaglia recently visited the Barker Lions. His stop had three purposes: to inspire the local club, recognize long-term members and install new members.
The local Lions group said, “Being familiar with our club, he pointed out three ways he has participated in our club functions. He is a fan of Barker Lions chicken barbecues, has attended ‘Barker Lions Night’ at Ransomville Races, and remembered our club tradition of a dessert bell.”
Focusing on his theme of “Reimagine,” Dr. Battaglia explained the Barker Lions district has followed that concept. In the past, Lions clubs were supporting their district and each district governor lead for a year. Today, the district is looking for ways to aid the clubs. One way this was done was through grants. Lions clubs that donated to local food pantries during this difficult time were given a portion of grant to increase that financial help. Barker received $159 to supplement its donation. The district governors formed a team approach to help and support each other. By doing this, spreading the word about Lionism and enabling membership increases become easier.
Local clubs have reimagined their service. Many meetings and fundraisers are being conducted virtually. One of these methods is Zoom. Some clubs are experiencing increased meeting participation through this method. It has also created a new way to reach out to potential members.
Battaglia also pointed out a new specialty club in Western New York, where the members are motorcycle riders and, as such, not tied to a geographic area. This is another way to reimagine Lions.
During the COVID-19 crisis, the Barker Lions received funding to provide PPE and respite meal for various first responders and medical care professionals. This was from the Lions Club International Foundation.
The club said, “While it was an important service to provide, reflecting our motto ‘We Serve,’ we also have spread the word about Lions.”
After concluding his remarks, Battaglia recognized Lions Club members with anniversary Chevrons. These included Mark Edmister, 10 years; Phil Bates 15, years; Kevin Bittner and Terry Eldridge, 20 years; Fred Leuer, 25 years; Jim Bittner, Kent Wakefield and Scott Ecker, 30 years; Dan Mace, 35 years; Bob Atwater, 40 years; and Frank Eldridge, 50 years. Brenda Walker-Reiner and Derek Corwin were installed as new members. Walker-Reiner was sponsored by her husband, Scott, and Corwin by his father, Dale. Corwin is a third-generation Lion. Both his grandfathers, Thor Borreson and Richard Corwin, and his parents, Dick and Karen Corwin, are Lions.
Barker Lions meet on the first Wednesday of every month. Members are planning special events such as the Mother’s Day chicken barbecue. The medical lending closet is open to all Barker School District residents.
For more information about any of these projects, or to help, email [email protected] or call 716-778-7001.