Lioness Club celebrates 30th anniversary

May 05, 2008

The Hagerstown Lioness Club celebrated its Pearl Anniversary - 30 years - with a banquet at Next Dimensions near Funkstown.

President Linda Perry welcomed the 124 Lions, Lionesses and other guests celebrating the club's years of service and friendship.

Immediate Past President Joan Bachtell served as toast mistress and introduced the following guests:

Lions Clubs Past International President Clem Kusiak of District 22-A; District 22-W Gov. Barbara McKenney; Past District governors John Hopkins (Immediate); Dave Brauning; Marion Carmack; Andrew DeMario; Dave Fisher; and Dr. Cecil Massie. Other D22-W representatives included Dave Moats, Region II, Zone II chair; Robert Bullock, Lions Vision Research Foundation board member; Robert Disinger, Region III chair, Roaring Lions chair and candidate for D22-W vice governor, 2008-09; Mary and Joe Ecker, newsletter co-editors; and Bob Davis, sight conservation chair and member of Medical Eye Bank of Maryland advisory board.

PDG Calvin McMillion of D22-W was present, who as multiple district lioness extension chair, was instrumental in 1978 in assisting the Hagerstown Lions Club in formation of the Hagerstown Lioness Club.


Others present were Pat Murphy, executive director of the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland; representatives from the sponsoring Hagerstown/Lions Club, President Gus Rethemeyer, Immediate Past President Rev. Tom Perry, and Lion/Lioness Liaison and Assistant Secretary Dick Hershey.

Charter President Marie Byers recognized charter members, past presidents and members of the anniversary committee.

Ten ladies from the Greencastle-Antrim Lioness Club were recognized. Their club was sponsored by the Hagerstown Lioness Club nine years ago. They presented the Hagerstown Lionesses each with a white carnation, honoring their 30 years of service.

Special thanks also go to the following people who contributed to the success of the evening: Ann Shank Rohrer, program cover; Hagerstown Lion Bob VanLaningham, program; Hagerstown Lion Jack Byers, photographer; and the Rev. Tom Perry, pianist.

A matching pearl necklace with matching stud earrings was donated by Littman Jewelers, Valley Mall, through the auspices of Hagerstown Lioness Lou Ann Forrest, for a raffle for all ladies present. Hagerstown Lioness Carol Stouffer was the winner.

Lions clubs represented were Baltimore-Brooklyn, Gateway, Hagerstown, Kitzmiller, Lineboro-Manchester, Longmeadow, Mount Airy, New Market District, Roaring Run, Silver Run-Union Mills, Union Bridge, Westminster and Williamsport.

Hagerstown Lioness Linda Tantillo conducted a memorial service in remembrance of Lionesses Nancy Hershey, Helen Frazier and Marilyn Lazzio, who died this past year.

Carmack was again recognized. He invited Hagerstown Lioness President Linda Perry to join him at the podium, as well as her husband, the Rev. Tom Perry. Carmack then announced that a secret and surprise nomination of Linda Perry had been made by her husband 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.

Linda Perry has been a club member since July 1998. She is current president of the Hagerstown Lioness Club; has served the club as first vice president and program chair; second vice president and social chair; served three years as assistant secretary; two years as Lioness Tamer; three years as co-chair of the scholarship committee; and has served on the community service activity and recreation committees.

She retired as an instructor at Hagerstown Community College and Shepherd University, and is an active member of St. Mark Lutheran Church; member of the C&O Canal Association; and a Potomac Garden Club member. She and her husband are parents of two daughters, who gave them three grandsons. Linda's slogan is "Live well, love much and laugh often."

Carmack advised Linda Perry that she is now part of an international network of more than 269,000 Melvin Jones Fellow recipients who have displayed outstanding humanitarian service and commitment.

Carmack, assisted by Tom Perry, gave Linda Perry a personalized Melvin Jones Fellow plaque and a lapel pin.

Music for listening and dancing pleasure was provided by Bob Tantillo and the Rhythm Kings, with vocal soloist Kim Tantillo.

The Hagerstown Lioness Club received its certificate of organization on March 3, 1978. It is the oldest and largest Lioness Club in D22-W and the largest in Multiple District 22.

The club's next fundraiser is the Bloomin' Plant Sale, on Wednesday and Thursday, from noon to 8 p.m., and Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The sale will take place at 345 N. Potomac St., and will feature potted plants, hanging baskets, bedding plants, dish gardens, small arranged containers, porch planters, etc., just in time for Mother's Day.

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