Lioness Club celebrates its 29th anniversary

May 25, 2007

The Hagerstown Lioness Club celebrated its 29th anniversary on April 12, with a banquet at Cortland Mansion in Hagerstown.

"The Rose Garden" theme was carried throughout the ballroom, with arrangements of spring flowers, and each dining table adorned with a vase of silk pastel roses and baby's breath.

The arrangements were created by social co-chair Lioness Carol Stouffer, who, with the assistance of co-chair Pat Kelly and the social committee, decorated the ballroom.

The program cover depicted a rose trellis in a garden, and was designed by Ann Shank Rohrer, daughter of Lioness Elaine Shank and past district governor Frank Shank.


Pink printed program and rose-decorated placecards completed the scene.

President Joan Bachtell welcomed the 68 Lionesses and their 67 guests celebrating the club's 29 years of service and friendship.

Toastmistress Joann King introduced the guest of honor, past international president Clem Kusiak, who praised the Hagerstown Lionesses for their loyalty, dedication and service.

He challenged them to keep up the good work in the community, making themselves and others feel good.

Lioness King introduced the District 22-W special guests, including district governor John Hopkins, whose home club is Silver Run/Union Mills.

Other cabinet officers present were D22-W vice district governor Barbara McKenney and secretary past district governor Richard Lebo.

Other past district governors included Dave Brauning (social chair); Marion Carmack (Lions Clubs International Foundation); Dave Fisher (treasurer, Kusiak Youth Foundation); Tom Jefts (constitution and by-laws); Cecil Massie (American heritage, preservation and patriotism); Roger Moore (chaplain); and Clare Newcomer (multiple District 22 research and long-range planning).

Past District Governor Calvin McMillion of District 22-C was present. In 1978, he was instrumental in assisting the Hagerstown club with organizing and sponsoring its club.

Other D22-W cabinet members present were Region II Zone 1 chair Mary Stains-Ecker (Lioness associate coordinator); Region II Zone 2 chair, Lion Paul Leatherman; Region II Zone 3 chair Susan McGowan, and MD-22 diabetes chair Donna Jackman.

Others present were Bob Davis, sight conservation and White Cane chair for D22-W (and an advisory board member of Medical Eye Bank of Maryland); and Barbara Ullrich, D22-W Youth Outreach chair.

Representing Hagerstown Lions Club were president Tom Perry, first vice president and president-elect Gus Rethemeyer, treasurer Paul Leatherman, and assistant treasurer and Lioness liaison Dick Hershey.

Lion Bob Davis, representing the Maryland Medical Eye Bank, accepted a $1,000 check from president Joan Bachtell. This money is the proceeds from the Hagerstown Lioness Club's spring "Gift of Sight" fashion show.

Entertainment was provided by the Smithsburg High School Show Choir, directed by Ruth Hobson.

Lioness Clubs represented included Freedom District, Greencastle Antrim, Hagerstown and Hancock. Lions Clubs represented were Baltimore-Brooklyn, Beaver Creek, Deer Park, Freedom District, Gateway, Hagerstown, Halfway, Kitzmiller, Longmeadow, New Market, Potomac Valley, Roaring Run, Sharpsburg, Silver Run/Union Mills, Union Bridge, West Hagerstown, Westminster and Williamsport.

Bachtell introduced charter members and past presidents, which included charter president Marie Byers; May Crabb, Doris Fisher, Helene Frazier, Nancy Hershey, Anna Mae Hubbell, Joann King, Mary Licht, Eunice Long, Betty Morgan, Thelma Myers, Sue Nelson, Sukey Rankin, Jo Rethemeyer, Eloise Shaffer, Elaine Shank, Mary Stains-Ecker, Donnagean Talbert, Betty VanLaningham and Rose Wood. Not present were Lionesses Judy Bauroth, Sara Jane Hoyle and Linda Vestal.

A memorial service was conducted by Lioness Linda Tantillo in remembrance of Jan Rasey and Mim Eberhart, two Hagerstown Lionesses who died this past year.

The Hagerstown Lioness Club received its Certificate of Organization on March 2, 1978. It is the oldest and largest Lioness Club in D22-W, and the largest in Multiple District 22.

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