Hagerstown Lioness Club installs new officers

July 20, 2007

Leadership of the Hagerstown Lioness Club changed in June, when President Joan Bachtell relinquished the reins to president-elect Linda Perry.

Perry's "platform" is continuing to be happy and successful by living the three L's: Live well, laugh often, and love much.

In addition to Perry, D22-W past district governor Dave Fisher installed the officers for the year 2007-08.

They include: immediate past president, Joan Bachtell; first vice president Pat Kelley; second vice president Karen Flohr; secretary Jo Ann Keller; assistant secretary Kathleen Navin; treasurer Leslie Hobbs; assistant treasurer Doris Fisher; directors Pat Gebhart, Sylvia Mann and Linda Vestal; Lioness Tamer Donna Pitsnogle; assistant Lioness Tamer Carol Ann Rossman; Gold Digger Janet Musser, assistant Gold Digger Sherry Cooper; historian Louise Crist; and assistant historian Anna Mae Hubbell.

In her annual report, Bachtell summarized activities of the club during the past year, which included such fundraisers as selling Sally Foster gift wrap and accessories, the Holiday Prelude Auction, ham sandwich sale, partnering with the Bon-Ton twice for "Care to Share Community Days" and "Gift of Sight" Fashion Show, and the Bloomin' Plant Sale.


Proceeds enabled the Lionesses to contribute to the American Cancer Society, D22-W Social ad, Lions Vision Research Foundation, Lions Clubs international Foundation, White Cane Days, Girls Inc. of Washington County, San Mar C&O Canal bike ride, food banks of Salvation Army, St. Mark's Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church, as well as to give non-perishable foods to all three food banks; Discovery Station; three scholarships to graduating high school students in Washington County public schools planning to attend Hagerstown Community College this fall; Medical Eye Bank of Maryland, Clem Kusiak Youth Foundation in honor of sponsoring the Lions Club's 85th anniversary; Hagerstown Suns baseball game tickets for Lions Night at the ball park to benefit D22-W Youth Outreach Program (tickets given to Boys & Girls Club); Antietam Work Camp, San Mar Summer Camp Adventure, Habitat for Humanity, SightFirst II, Holly Place; and subsidized eye exams and eyeglasses for several needy children.

Community service activities included completing the 14th year of vision screening for 7,231 elementary and middle school students in 34 Washington County public schools; manning the gate at the Ag Expo entrance; monthly bingo/birthday parties and birthday gifts for residents of Ravenwood Nursing Center (RNC); bingo for residents of Holly Place; sewing and donating 60 tote bags for RNC residents who use walkers or wheelchairs; holiday gift wrapping for the American Red Cross at Valley Mall; collecting used eyeglasses, lenses, eyeglass frames, cases and sunglasses for recycling for the needy; collecting school supplies, clothing, personal hygiene products and money for "Children in Need"; manning the Salvation Army Christmas kettle at Valley Mall; and collecting aluminum pull tabs from cans for recycling. Proceeds from sales were sent to the Baltimore Ronald McDonald House, "a house away from home" for seriously ill children receiving treatment in area hospitals, and for the children's families.

The club collected pet food, toys, towels, blankets and money for furry friends at Washington County Humane Society; collected 2007 wall calendars for residents of Western Maryland Hospital Center; provided home-baked goods at Hagerstown Lions' annual John Harrison Moore Pancake Day, with proceeds to the Lions, and also assisted with sponsoring Lions at Pancake Day. Three Lionesses completed a 12-week emergency response training course conducted by the Washington County Sheriff's Department. The Lionesses are now equipped to assist during emergencies, including natural disasters.

Bachtell announced the nomination of Hagerstown Lioness Paula Trumble by her husband, Hagerstown Lion Don Trumble, as a Melvin Jones Fellow.

The Melvin Jones Fellowship honors the founder of Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones. It is the highest honor conferred by LCIF and is awarded for outstanding humanitarian service and commitment. Lioness Paula Trumble has been a member since July 5, 2001, serving on the board of directors and on various committees, earning the Fellowship for her service to her club and community.

Trumble is the ninth Hagerstown Lioness to be named a Melvin Jones Fellow. Others named were Mary Stains, Doris Fisher, Elaine Shank, Marie Byers, Helene Frazier, Eloise Shaffer, Betty Morgan, and the late Ethel Myers.

At the July meeting, perfect attendance awards were presented to Lionesses Hon Moore and Eloise Shaffer, 25 years; Louise Crist and Jean Toms, 20 years; May Crabb, 15 years; Sylvia Mann and Barbara Sellman, 10 years; and Joan Bachtell and Jo Ann Keller, five years.

Other Lionesses were also recognized for perfect attendance for six months up to and including 29 charter member years.

A current fundraiser is the sale of Sally Foster all-occasion gift wrap. An upcoming fundraiser is the "Gift of Sight" fashion show, which is to be held at Cortland Mansion on Sunday, Nov. 11.

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