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Hagerstown Lioness Club inducts officers, honors longtime members

August 17, 2008

Hagerstown Lioness President Linda Perry turned over her gavel and leadership of the club recently to president-elect Pat Kelley.

In addition to Kelley, D22-W Past District Gov. Dave Fisher installed the remaining officers for the year 2008-09. They include immediate past president Linda Perry, first vice president Leslie Hobbs, second vice president Lou Ann Forest, secretary Jo Ann Keller, assistant secretary Donna Messina, treasurer Thelma Wolf, assistant treasurer Mary Licht, directors Louise Crist, Miriam Paul and Sue Ann Wynn, Lioness tamer Lynn Kesling, assistant Lioness tamer Donna Pitsnogle, gold digger Tammy Needy, assistant gold digger Judy Mundey; historian Cheryl Steiner, and assistant historian Linda Sokol.

At a surprise ceremony, the Hagerstown Lioness Club recognized two of its own: Lionesses Elaine Shank and Eloise Shaffer were honored for their dedication and continuity of service. Lioness Elaine has been editor of the club newsletter, "Lioness Lines," since 1984, and Lioness Eloise has been publicity chair for 14 years. Both are retiring from those positions. Each was thanked for her faithfulness and professional coverage of the Hagerstown Lioness Club news, and presented with a personalized pendant in appreciation for her many years of service.

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At the conclusion of the June meeting, Lionesses Tammy Needy and Judy Mundey and their families serenaded President Linda Perry with a special song they composed to the tune of "Edelweiss."

At the May meeting, Fisher invited Hagerstown Lions president Gus Rethemeyer and his wife, Lioness Jo, to the podium. Fisher then announced that Lioness Jo Rethemeyer had been secretly nominated by her husband for a Melvin Jones fellowship. Fisher presented Jo with a personalized Melvin Jones plaque and lapel pin.

The Melvin Jones Fellowship is the highest honor conferred by LCIF, and is awarded for outstanding humanitarian service and commitment.

Lioness Jo Rethemeyer has been a club member since July 1999. She has served the club as president, first vice president, and program chair, second vice president and social chair; served three years each on the Nominating and Sight Conservation committees; and served on the Community Service Activity Committee.

Jo is a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Creighton University, where she majored in chemistry. Prior to her marriage to Gus, she was a research chemist with the Quaker Oats Co. Jo is a member of the Women's Club, American Association of University Women and the Christian Women's Connection, and a life member of the Maryland Congress of PTAs.

The Rethemeyers are the parents of three children and have two grandchildren.

At the July meeting, perfect attendance awards were presented to the following Lionesses for the year 2007-08: Patsy Johns, 25 years; Joann King, 15 years; Leslie Hobbs and Linda Perry, 10 years; and Clara McDaniel, Kathleen Navin and Paula Trumble, 5 years.

The club's current fundraiser is the sale of all-occasion products by Sally Foster. Orders may be placed with any Hagerstown Lioness, or by calling the committee chair at 301-733-1366.

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