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Lions Club Newsletter - February 2017

   February Newsletter
   The next Lions Club meeting is a bowling party at Mallwitz Island Lanes on Wednesday, February 8th at 7:00 p.m.




Lions Club January 2017 Newsletter - December 2016

   January 2017 Newsletter
   The Lions Club Dinner meeting is on Wednesday, January 11th at the Buffalo Launch Club.




Lions Club Christmas Party - December 2016

From left: Eva Hassett, Executive Director of The Institute, Lion Fred Ruocco.

    Grand Island Lions members brought donations for the Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island and the International Institute of Buffalo when they attended their annual Christmas Party on December 14th at the Buffalo Launch Club. The International Institute seeks to strengthen Western New York by assisting refugees and immigrants to become independent, informed and contributing members of the community. Donations are always welcome.




Lions Club Newsletter - December 2016

   December Newsletter
   The Lions Club Christmas Party is on Wednesday, December 14th at the Buffalo Launch Club.




Grand Island Lions Club 60th Anniversary - November 2016

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Lion Donna Lavallee presents Lion Bob Goulding with the 60 Year Service Award.

November Newsletter
    The Grand Island Lions celebrated their 60th Anniversary with a dinner at the Buffalo Launch Club on Wednesday October 26th. Guests included community members; Lions from other clubs, including Grand Island's Sister Club of Merritton Ontario and officials from District 20N of which Grand Island is a part. District Governor John Haak was the keynote speaker and awards given out included a Robert J. Uplinger Award for the Buffalo Launch Club. The Uplinger Award is the highest award given by the Lions District 20, encompassing all of New York State and Bermuda, and was given to the Launch Club for their dedication and service in hosting the Lions Special Kids Picnic on their grounds for the past 56 years. Also awarded was Lion Bob Goulding who received the Lions 60 Year Service Award for his service with the Riverside Lions and the Grand Island Club.




Lions Club Newsletter - October 2016

   October Newsletter
   The Lions Club 60th Anniversary Dinner meeting is on Wednesday, October 26th at the Buffalo Launch Club.




Lions Club Newsletter - September 2016

   September Newsletter
   The next Lions Club meeting is on Wednesday, September 14th at the Radisson Inn.




Lions Club Donates to St. Luke's Mission - August 2016

From left: Lion Tom Witkowski and Henry Lobl.

   Grand Island Lions Treasurer Tom Witkowski and Vice President Henry Lobl pose with a truckload of durable medical equipment that the Grand Island Lions Club donated to St Luke's Mission in Buffalo. The Lions Club serves the Grand Island Community by supplying free of charge, donated medical equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, canes, crutches, bathroom commodes and shower seats to anyone in need. Excess medical goods are periodically donated to other organizations. St Luke’s Mission serves the needs of Buffalo’s inner city residents.




Grand Island Lions Club Special Kids Picnic - July 2016

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    On July 20, 2016, the Grand Island Lions Club held their 58th annual "Special Kids Picnic" on the grounds of the Buffalo Launch Club. More than one thousand children with special needs and their caregivers were treated to a day of fun that included pony rides, boat rides, Shriner Mini Kar rides, face painting and entertainment by Step in Time Baton Dancers. The Grand Island Fire Company had two vehicles on display. Sabretooth from the Buffalo Sabres, the Grand Island Lions Mascot, magicians and Pringles the Clown, milled through the crowd and engaged the children. Lunch included hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and popcorn. Lion Annette Boies-Lobl, picnic chairman, gave credit to the volunteers who helped the club carry this out. Volunteers included Lions from other clubs in the district and sister Club of Merritton Ontario, Canada, as well as members of the Knights of Columbus, the High School Football Team, Kenmore Boy Scout Troop 104 and the Schnettler Face Painters. Special thanks goes to the Brandel Murphy Youth Foundation for the grant of $2000, to the Buffalo Launch Club for donating their facilities, to the boat captains and Collins Marine who donated their boats and time including the Excalibur Boat and to Tops Markets, Tim Horton’s and Dunkin Donuts for their donations.




Lions Club Scholarship Winners - July 2016

From left: Lion Tom Witkowski, Sammantha Reynolds, Yaling Chen, Lion Paul Bassette, Holly Lutnick, Amber Schwinn, Lion President Dick Crawford.
Missing from photo Melanie Sweeney.

   The Grand Island Lions Club 2016 Adrian Pollock-Bruce Kaiser Service Scholarship has been awarded to Yaling Chen (Canisius College), Holly Lutnick (University of Buffalo), Sammantha Reynolds (Niagara University), Amber Schwimm (St. John Fisher College) and Melanie Sweeney (Niagara University). All winning candidates will receive a $500 scholarship to the college they are attending.
   The scholarship primarily focuses on the student's community service and volunteer activities, but other important criteria are academic excellence, school activities, written formal recommendations a 300 word essay on how community service strengthens our society. The Grand Island Lions Scholarship Committee believes that these students characterize the Lions motto "We Serve". The Grand Island Lions Club wishes to extend congratulations to these enthusiastic community serving young people.




Lions Club Newsletter - July 2016

   July Newsletter
   The Lions Club Annual Special Kids picnic is on Wednesday, July 20th at the Buffalo Launch Club. The Lions Members Picnic is on Sunday, July 24th and a golf outing is planned for Wednesday, August 17th.




Lions Club 60th Annual Officer Installation - June 2016

    The Grand Island Lions held their 60th annual Installation of Officers and Awards Banquet on Wednesday June 8th at the Radisson Inn on Grand Island. Past District Governor Jim Muscoreil installed the Officers and Directors, presented awards, and inducted new member Tom DiJohn who is the CEO of Elderwood Nursing Home on Grand Island.

   New Officers and Directors of the Grand Island Lions Club: Pictured left to right are Brooks Rimes, Director; Tom Witkowski, Treasurer; Donna Lavallee, Recording Secretary; Anne Fahning and Paul Krupa, Directors; Dick Crawford, President; Fred Ruocco, Lion Tamer/Tail Twister; Henry Lobl, 1st Vice President; Bob Goulding, Director; Shelia Ferrentino, 2nd Vice President; Past District Governor Jim Muscoreil; and Immediate Past President Tom Rusert. Not shown is Corresponding Secretary Kelly McGarvey.

    Melvin Jones: Lion Annette Boies-Lobl received a Melvin Jones Fellowship at the Grand Island Lions Installation and Awards Banquet held at the Radisson Inn Grand Island on Wednesday June 8th. The Award is the highest honor given by The Lions Club International Foundation for exemplary service to Lions and Community. Lion Annette has single handedly chaired and organized our Lions “Special Kids Picnic” for ten years. She has served as our Corresponding Secretary for eight years, worked on many Lions Committees, is active with the Bereavement Committee and Altar Society of St. Stephen’s Church and is a member of the St. Francis Guild of St Mary’s Hospital where she has served on the Board and chaired a major fundraising event. Shown with Lion Annette receiving the award is past Melvin Jones recipient Lion Dan Morabito on the right and Committee Chairman Lion Paul Bassette, also a past Melvin Jones recipient.

    Lion Donna Lavallee received the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award at The Grand Island Lions Installation and Awards Banquet on June 8th. Lion Donna is a past president of our club, has been recording secretary for many years. She is our Hearing Chairperson, our Garage Sale Chairperson and has worked tirelessly on many projects. Pictured with Lion Donna is Lion Bob Goulding who presented the award and also is a past award recipient.

    Brandel Murphy Youth Foundation Award: Grand Island Lion Treasurer Tom Witkowski (left) was instrumental in obtaining funding for our “Special Kids Picnic” from the Brandel-Murphy Youth Foundation, a Lions supported organization providing matching grants for youth-related projects in New York State and Bermuda. Lion Past District Governor Jim Muscoreil (second from left) presents the grant of $2000 to Lion Outgoing President Tom Rusert. Also in the photo is Lion Annette Boies-Lobl holding a patch for our club winning the District 20N Club contest.

   Past District Governor Lion Jim Muscoreil (left) performs the Induction Ceremony of new member Tom DiJohn (center). Sponsoring Lion Henry Lobl looks on. Lion Tom DiJohn is the CEO of the Elderwood Health Care Facility on Grand Island.




Lions Club Newsletter - June 2016

   June Newsletter
   The Lions Club June Installation Dinner is on Wednesday, June 8th at the Radisson Hotel (Byblos Resort).




Lions Club Newsletter - May 2016

   May Newsletter
   The Lions Club May meeting is on Wednesday, May 11th and May 25th at Byblos Resort.




Lions Club Newsletter - April 2016

   April Newsletter
   The Lions Club April meeting is on Wednesday, April 13th at Byblos Resort.




Lions Club Newsletter - March 2016

   March Newsletter
   The Lions Club March meeting is on Wednesday, March 23rd at Byblos Resort.




Lions Club Newsletter - February 2016

   February Newsletter
   The Lions Club February meeting is on Wednesday, February 24th at Byblos Resort.




Lions Club Newsletter - January 2016

   January Newsletter
   The Lions Club January meeting is on Wednesday, January 27th at Byblos Resort.




Lions Club Annual Library Donation - December 2015

From Left: Lions Vice President Dick Crawford and Lion Tamer Anne Fahning, Library Director Lynn alan Konovitz and Lions Club Treasurer Tom Witkowski.

   As one of his last official functions, retiring Library Director Lynn Alan Konovitz is seen here receiving a check for $500.00 from Lions Club Treasurer Tom Witkowski. As part of the Lions ongoing mission, the Grand Island Lions Club annually donates to the Grand Island Library for the purchase large prints books for the sight impaired. To date over $10,000 has been donated for this purpose.




Lions Club Christmas Party - December 2015


   The Grand Island Lions held their annual Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 9th at Byblos Resort and Spa. Lion Fred Ruocco and his wife Tammy hosted the party and entertained everyone with holiday games, song and good cheer. The Club collected donations for the Neighbors Foundation as well as gifts for the Erie County SPCA and many bags of clothing for Journeys End, a refugee resettlement organization.




Lions Club Newsletter - December 2015

   December Newsletter
   The Lions Club Christmas party is on Wednesday, December 9th at Byblos Resort.




Lions Club Donates Medical Equipment- November 2015

Pictured with the equipment at the Health Center are from left, Lions Paul Krupa, Dave Chervinsky and Henry Lobl.

   On November 3rd, the Grand Island Lions donated durable medical equipment to the Tuscorora Health Center in Lewiston. The Lions maintain an active loan closet at the Nike Base on Whitehaven Road and donate, free of charge, to anyone in need, medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, shower seats, commodes, crutches and canes. Anyone interested in obtaining an item can call Fred Ruocco 773-5937, Dick Crawford 818-6992. or Dave Chervinsky 773-7185. Excess equipment is often shipped out to other communities in need.




Lions Club Newsletter - November 2015

   November Newsletter
   The Lions Club will have a meeting on Wednesday, November 11th at the BLC.




Lions Club Helps Vets Program- November 2015

From left: holding donated items, are Lion Mike, Lions Paul Bassette, President Tom Rusert, Dave Chervinsky, Fred Ruocco, and Zone Chair and Pendleton Lion Jeff Jarvis.
Photo by Tom Witkowski.

    Red Cross Super Volunteer and Town of Niagara Lion Mike Hoplight was the guest speaker at the Grand Island Lions dinner meeting held on October 28th at the Buffalo Launch Club. Lion Mike described the plight of the over 6000 homeless veterans in our area and how the program he is a part of helps make their lives a little bit more comfortable. The GI Lions Club responded by donating bags of health care items for the Red Cross Program.




Lions Club Newsletter - October 2015

   October Newsletter
   The Lions Club will have a joint meeting with the Merritton chapter on Wednesday, October 14th at Byblos Resort.




Lions Club Eyeglass Collection - October 2015


   The Grand Island Lions collect used eyeglasses to help individuals in need of sight correction all over the world. They can use any complete pair of eyeglasses and in addition, all types of sunglasses including non-prescription and post surgical glasses. Collection boxes can be found at Town Hall, Knights of Columbus Hall, G.I. Optical, Trinity United Methodist Church, The Golden Age Center, The Grand Island Library, Elderwood Care (2850 G.I. Blvd.), Realty USA (2139 G.I. Blvd.) and the office of Dr. Fred Ruocco (2896 G.I. Blvd.) .




Lions Club Joint Meeting - September 2015

Guest speaker Gareth Lema, MD, PhD

    On September 23rd the Grand Island Lions Club will host a joint Dinner meeting with the Grand Island Rotary and Zonta at the Buffalo Launch Club. Guest speaker at the event will be Gareth Lema, MD, PhD of the Ross Eye Institute, who will discuss retina diseases including macular degeneration. The Public is invited to attend.
    Dr. Lema is a retina specialist board certified in ophthalmology. He was raised in Buffalo and attended medical school at the University at Buffalo. He also completed a PhD in Biophysics as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. After an internship at the University of Pennsylvania, he returned for residency training in ophthalmology at the Ross Eye Institute. He received fellowship training in retina surgery from University of Rochester. Dr. Lema specializes in diseases of the retina and posterior uveitis, including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and ocular trauma. He has presented research in ocular trauma at national meetings. He was awarded the Deans Award at the completion of medical school, and was inducted into the Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Honor Society. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate at College of the Holy Cross. He is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists.
    The Meeting is open to the public with dinner at 7PM and the lecture to follow. Cost of dinner is $20 and needs to be reserved by Sunday September 20th. To reserve for dinner, or for more information, contact Dick Crawford 818-6992 or Tom Rusert 704-9644.




Lions Club Newsletter - September 2015

   September Newsletter
   The Lions Club General Membership meetings are September 9th & 23rd.




Lions Club Special Kids Picnic - July 2015


    On Wednesday, July 15th the Grand Island Lions Club held their 57th annual "Special Kids Picnic" at the Buffalo Launch Club. Over 840 kids with special needs and their chaperones enjoyed a variety of entertainment including boat rides, pony rides, Shriner mini kar rides, face painting and entertainment by Step in Time Baton Dancers. Sabretooth and the Lions mascot, magicians and Pringles the Clown, milled through the crowd and engaged the children. Lunch included hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and popcorn. Lion Annette Boies-Lobl, picnic chairman, gave credit to the 90 volunteers who helped the club carry this out. Volunteers included Lions from other clubs in the district including Gasport, and sister club of Merritton Ontario, Canada, as well as members of the Knights of Columbus, the High School Football Team, Kenmore Boy Scout Troop 104 and the Schnettler Face Painters. Special thanks goes to the Buffalo Launch Club for donating their facilities, to Island Prescription Center as the lead sponsor, to the boat captains and Collins Marine who donated their boats and time including the Excalibur Boat and to Tops Markets, Tim Hortons and Dunkin Donuts for their donations.




Lions Club Special Kids Picnic - July 2015






    The Grand Island Lions Club 54th Annual Special Kids Picnic was held on Wednesday, July 15th at the Buffalo Launch Club. Over 840 kids and volunteers were on hand to enjoy the activities that included; pony rides, boat rides, volleyball, face painting, dancing, Shriners Mini Car rides, magicians, clowns, and a visit from Sabretooth and the Grand Island Fire Department. Business sponsors included; Island Prescription Center, Dunkin Donuts, Tim Horton's, Grand Island Top's, Niagara Falls Wegman's. Thanks also to Joe Menter and the Town of Grand Isalnd Recreation Department for the use of tables, chairs and benches. Volunteers included; Boy Scout Troop 104 from Kenmore, members of the Grand Island High School football team and Lions from Merritton, Ontario.




Grand Island Lions Club Special Kids Picnic...Smiles Are Priceless - July 2015

   Press Release...The Grand Island Lions Club is presenting its 57th Annual "Special Kids Picnic" on Wednesday, July 15th at the Buffalo Launch Club, Grand Island from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. On this day, the Grand Island Lions Club along with many other volunteers will bring joy and laughter to the hearts of over 700 special needs children from all over Western New York. The children will enjoy boat rides, magic acts, musical entertainment, clowns, face painting, tours of the Grand Island Fire Department's fire truck, Shriner Kar rides, pony rides and more. There will be popcorn and soft drinks along with plenty of hot dogs and hamburgers being served at the event. To watch one child smile and laugh is definitely the gift that keeps on giving; now multiply that by 700. For more information please contact Annette Boies-Lobl at 716.773.3530.




Lions Club Newsletter- July 2015

   July Newsletter
   The Lions Club will have its annual Special Kids Picnic on Wednesday, July 15th at the Buffalo Launch Club and will have their members picnic on Saturday, July 18th.




Lions Club Garage Sale Fundraiser - June 2015

From left: Anne Fahning and Donna Lavallee

   On Saturday June 20th the Grand Island Lions held their first annual garage sale fundraiser on the West River median. The Club would like to thank all in the community who donated items for sale and who came out and purchased items. The Club made $263.70 which will go towards Lions programs.




Lions Club Installation Dinner and Awards Banquet - June 2015

From left, past and present award winners: Paul Bassette, Annette Boies-Lobl, Dave Chervinsky, Fred Ruocco, and Dick Crawford.

From left, past and present award winners: Dick Crawford, Mary Dunbar-Daluisio, Dave Chervinsky, Dan Morabito, and Paul Bassette.

From left: Director Paul Krupa, Third Vice President Henry Lobl, Corresponding Secretary Annette Boies-Lobl, Director Dave Chervinsky, Lion Twister Fred Ruocco, Second Vice President Dick Crawford, President Tom E. Rusert, and Director Brooks Rimes. Not present were First Vice President Mike Steinagel, Treasurer Tom Witkowski, Recording Secretary Donna Lavallee, Director Norm Hahn, and Lion Tamer Anne Fahning.

   The Grand Island Lions held their Installation Dinner and Awards Banquet for the 2015-16 year on June 10th at Byblos Resort and Spa. The Lions International Foundation Melvin Jones Awards were given to Mary Dunbar-Daluisio and Lion Dan Morabito while Lion Fred Ruocco received a Robert Uplinger Distinguished Service Award. Lions Dick Crawford and Paul Bassette performed the Installation Ceremony of Officers.
   The Lions Club International Foundation Melvin Jones Award is the LCIF's highest honor and is given to a lion's member or citizen for outstanding humanitarian service. Mary Dubar-Daluisio has been instrumental in the Grand Island Relay for Life since its inception in 2003 and served as co-chairman from 2004 to 2012. During that time the fundraiser has brought in over one million dollars for cancer research. Lion Dan Morabito a past president of the Grand Island Lions Club has served the Grand Island Lions actively for the twenty years and he has worked tirelessly on our fundraisers and the Grand Island Lions "Special Kids Picnic." Lion Dan has also been a Scout leader for many years and was instrumental in setting up scouting at School 84 for children with special needs.
   Lion Fred Ruocco received The Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1993, the award honors outstanding Lions and non-Lions or organizations who perform exemplary service to a club, district, or community. These honorees possess the highest examples of Lionistic character, ideals, purpose, and service.




Lions Club News & Meeting Information - June 2015

   June Newsletter
   The Lions Club Installation and Awards Banquet will be held on Wednesday, June 10th at Byblos Resort. A fundraiser garage sale will take place at the Nike Base Community room on Saturday, June 20th.




Lions Club News & Meeting Information - May 2015

   May Newsletter
   Lions Club dinner meetings are scheduled for two Wednesdays, May 13th at Byblos Resort and May 27th at Buffalo Launch Club at 6:30 p.m. May 13th program: Paul Yeager - GI Environmental Issues. May 27th program: Peace Poster Awards.




Lions Club News & Meeting Information - April 2015

   April Newsletter
   The GI Lions Club will meet jointly with the Merritton, Ontario Lions on Wednesday, April 8th. The Lions Club Spaghetti dinner will be held on Monday, April 27th at the GIHS Cafeteria from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, Italian bread and beverages. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. There will be a basket raffle and 50/50 drawing.




Lions Club Newsletter - March 2015

   The Lions Club March Newsletter.
The March Lions Club meeting will be on Wednesday, March 25th at the Buffalo Launch Club, see newsletter for details.




Lions Club Newsletter - February 2015

   The Lions Club February Newsletter
The February Lions Club meeting will be on Wednesday, February 25th at the Buffalo Launch Club, see newsletter for details.




Lions Club Newsletter - January 2015

   The Lions Club January Newsletter
The January Lions Club meeting will be on Wednesday, January 28th at the Buffalo Launch Club, see newsletter for details.




Lions Club Christmas Party - December 2014

Pictured in a "tree" decorating contest, from left: Diana Witkowski, Jane Chervinsky, Lion Dave Chervinsky, Brenda Rimes and Lion Brooks Rimes.

    The Grand Island Lions held their annual Christmas Party on December 10th at the Buffalo Launch Club. It had an ugly sweater theme and Lion Fred Ruocco and Wife Tammy provided the entertainment with holiday songs, games and cheer. Gifts were dropped off for the Erie County SPCA and donations were collected for the Neighbors Foundation. One hundred dollars was also collected when the hat was passed for a Grand Island Veteran in need.




Lions Club Donates to Neighbors Foundation - December 2014

Neighbors Foundation President Henry Kammerer and Lion Dick Crawford with members of the Lions and Neighbors Foundation.

    Lions Club members Henry Lobl, Tom Witkowski, Paul Bassette, Anne Fahning and Dick Crawford presented a check for $315 from the members of the Lions Club to Henry Kammerer on Thursday, December 18th at the Knight's of Columbus. It was the annual distribution of the Neighbors Foundation "Share Your Happiness" campaign.




Lions Club Newsletter - December 2014

   The Lions Club December Newsletter
The Holiday Party is on Wednesday, December 10th at the Buffalo Launch Club, see newsletter for details. There is no general meeting in December.




Lions Club Newsletter - November 2014

   The Lions Club November Newsletter
Next meeting is Wednesday, November 12th at McMahon's.




Grand Island Lions Club Donates Medical Equipment - October 2014

Lion Henry Lobl with a truckload of equipment.

   The Grand Island Lions Club recently donated durable medical equipment to the Tuscarora Nation Health Center. The items included walkers, wheelchairs, canes, shower seats and commodes.
   The Lions Club maintains an active loan closet at the Recreation Department on Whitehaven Road. Anyone in need of medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, commodes and shower seats may contact Lion Fred Ruocco 773-5937, Dave Chervinsky 773-7185 or Dick Crawford 818-6992.




Grand Island Lions Club Dinner Meeting - October 2014


Bottom photo: Lion Paul Peters demonstrates photoscreening camera. - Click photos for larger view.

    The Grand Island Lions Club held a joint dinner meeting with their Sister Club of Merritton, Ontario on Wednesday, October 8th at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Whitehaven Road. Guest Speakers at the event were Past District Governor Bob Shively and Island resident Paul Peters, both of the Town of Niagara Lions Club. Shively and Peters demonstrated a new Digital Photo-screening Camera that can accurately detect eye disease in preschool children providing opportunity to detect and treat eye disease before permanent damage is done.




Grand Island Lions Club Picnic - July 2014


Bottom photo: Lion Paul Peters demonstrates photoscreening camera. - Click photos for larger view.

    The Grand Island Lions Club held a joint dinner meeting with their Sister Club of Merritton, Ontario on Wednesday, October 8th at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Whitehaven Road. Guest Speakers at the event were Past District Governor Bob Shively and Island resident Paul Peters, both of the Town of Niagara Lions Club. Shively and Peters demonstrated a new Digital Photo-screening Camera that can accurately detect eye disease in preschool children providing opportunity to detect and treat eye disease before permanent damage is done.




Lions Club Newsletter - October 2014

    The Lions Club October Newsletter
    The Lions Joint Meeting with Merritton Lions is a dinner meeting at the Knight’s of Columbus, on Wednesday, October 8th. The Lions October general meeting is on Wednesday, October 22nd at the Buffalo Launch Club.




Lions Club Newsletter - September 2014

   The Lions Club September Newsletter




Grand Island Lions White Cane Days - August 2014

Lion Fred Ruocco donning the Lions costume at Tops.

    The Grand Island Lions White Cane Days were a huge success on August 15 and 16th. The Grand Island Community once again supported the Lions Club with donations totaling over $2500. These funds are used to support eyesight and hearing projects. The Lion members want to thank all those individuals who contributed money and the management of Tops and 1st Niagara Bank who participated.




Grand Island Lions Club Picnic - July 2014


   The Grand Island Lions Club hosted its 56th Annual “Special Kids Picnic” on Wednesday, July 16th at the Buffalo Launch Club. Over 900 children attended the event and got to enjoy all the hot dogs and hamburgers they could eat, along with popcorn and beverages. Music was provided by Lions Club members Mary & Pat Paterson of "Island Music", they had everyone dancing to "Happy" and were taking requests throughout the picnic. The kids lined up for the horseback rides, Shriners mini truck rides around the parking lot, face painting and boat rides on the Niagara River. Many volunteers from the community helped the Lions make this a great event.

From left: Excaliber founder Jim Catalano, Lions Club President Donna La vallee and Captain Will Stachowski.

   A plaque was presented to Excalibur Services for 25 years of service, taking picnickers out on the Niagara River. The Excalibur program is a private, non-profit all volunteer, charitable organization dedicated to providing adaptive boating and fishing opportunities for developmentally challenged and disadvantaged persons. Excalibur
website.




GI Lions Club Special Kids Picnic…Smiles Are Priceless - July 2014

Press Release
The Grand Island Lions Club is presenting its 56th Annual “Special Kids Picnic” on Wednesday, July 16th at the Buffalo Launch Club from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. On this day, the GI Lions Club along with many other volunteers will bring joy and laughter to the hearts of over 900 special needs children from all over Western New York. The children will enjoy boat rides, magic acts, musical entertainment, clowns, fave painting, tours of the GI Fire Department’s fire tuck, Shriner Kar rides, pony rides and more. There will be popcorn and soft drinks along with plenty of hot dogs and hamburgers at the event. To watch one child smile and laugh is definitely the gift that keeps on giving; now multiply that by 900. For more information, contact Annette Boies-Lobl at 716-773-3530.




Lions Club Newsletter - July 2014

   The Lions Club July/August Newsletter




Lions Club Collecting Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids - July 2014

    The Grand Island Lions Club is collecting used eyeglasses and hearing aids at the Parade on July 4th. Watch for purple and yellow balloons that signal members of the club are approaching, and hand in your donations. The eyeglasses will be shipped to the New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center where they will be processed then donated to those in need. An average of 153 million eyeglasses are needed each year. The hearing aids are processed at the Finger Lakes Region Hearing Foundation. They are then returned to WNY and donated for those in need, with the Lions Clubs paying for costs associated with the program. If you would like further information contact Lion Tom Witkowski at 909-1862 or liontom20@roadrunner.com.




Grand Island Lions Installation - June 2014

Pictured from left to right: Lion Tamer Al Ackerman, Tail Twister Fred Ruocco, Corresponding Secretary Annette Boies-Lobl, First Vice –President Tom Rusert, Director Norm Hahn, President Donna Lavallee, Treasurer Dick Crawford, Recording Secretary Tom Witkowski, Director Anne Fahning, Director Dave Chervinsky, Immediate Past President brooks Rimes, Director Paul Bassette and District Governor Elect Mike Lawkowski. Missing from picture picture is Second Vice-President Mike Steinagel.

   The Grand Island Lions Club held their annual Installation Dinner at Byblos Niagara Resort and Spa on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. A number of members were recognized for perfect attendance and years of service. Most notably Lion Paul Bassette was recognized for 40 years of service and Lion Dick Crawford for 25 years. District 20N Governor Elect Lion Mike Lawkowski installed the Officers and Directors for the 2014-15 year.

Past Melvin Jones Award recipients from left to right: Al Ackerman, Dick Crawford, Dan Drexelius (new), Tom Witkowski, Dave Chervinsky, Paul Bassette, and Mike Lawkowski.

   On Wednesday June 11th, The Grand Island Lions Club awarded Dan Drexelius with the Lions Club International Foundation Melvin Jones Award at their annual Installation Dinner held at Byblos Niagara Resort and Spa. The award is the LCIF’s highest honor and is given to a lions member or citizen for outstanding humanitarian service. Dan is a local contractor on Grand Island and was instrumental in building the Miracle League Field on the Island. Lion Dick Crawford in presenting the award noted that because of Drexelius, the field was completed in less than half the time it would ordinarily take.




Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner - April 2014

   The Grand Island Lions Club is having its 45th Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Monday, April 28th at the Byblos Niagara Ballroom from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children (5 - 12). There will be basket raffles . Call Lion Dick Crawford at 818-6992 for tickets. Proceeds benefit the annual Special Kids Picnic to be held on July 17th at the Buffalo Launch Club.




Lions Club Newsletter - April 2014

   The Lions Club April Newsletter
The general meeting is Wednesday, April 23rd at the Buffalo LaunchClub. Cocktails 6:30 p.m., Dinner 7:00 p.m., Speaker: Sheri Shaw - Ross Eye clinic. The annual Spaghetti Dinner is Monday, April 28th at Byblos Resort from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Lions Club Newsletter - March 2014

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Lions Club Newsletter - December 2013

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Lions Club Newsletter - October 2013

   The Lions Club October Newsletter




Women Members Welcome - October 2013

   The Grand Island Lions welcomes women members. For more information, contact board member Lion Anne Fahning 440-0841.
We Serve" is the Lions' Motto. The mission of the Grand Island Lions Club is to help those in need in our community with special emphasis on the vision and hearing impaired, and children with disabilities. Major fundraisers include a spaghetti dinner in the spring and a "White Cane" drive in August. Our major event is the "Special Kids Picnic" in July when over seven hundred special needs children from the Erie-Niagara area are treated to a picnic that includes a lunch along with boat rides, pony rides, and other entertainment. We also perform MTI Photo-screening of children's eyes (for early detection of eye disease) coordinated through the local school systems. In addition we collect eyeglasses and hearing aids for the disadvantaged and have a "loan closet" for distribution of walkers, wheelchairs and other durable goods. Our Club is also active in a number of drives both locally and internationally to help the vision impaired. Our Club also recognizes the importance of youth in our community. We participate annually in a Peace Poster Contest, which encourages our middle-school age children to creatively express their concept of world peace. We award scholarships to high school graduates, based on their community involvement, scholastic achievements and other criteria.




Lions Club Newsletter - September 2013

   The Lions Club September Newsletter
There are two meetings in September, Wednesday, September 11th at Byblos Resort and Spa. Cocktails 6:30 Dinner 7PM, Speaker: Lion Donna Lavallee Topic TBA.
Wednesday, September 25th at the Buffalo Launch Club. Cocktails 6:30 Dinner 7PM.




Grand Island Lions 55th Annual Special Kids Picnic - August 2013


   Lions Club Press Release...On July 17,2013 at the Buffalo Launch Club Grounds over 800 children and staff were treated to boat rides, pony rides, Shriner Mini Kar rides, face painting, popcorn, soda, hot dogs and hamburgers. The Niagara Experience Players, a group of young people from Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda entertained the children with singing and dancing. Sabretooth, Pringles the Clown, Danny the Magician, and Ms. Lion added to the festivities. Over 100 volunteers worked to make the day a special summer experience for kids with special needs. Groups volunteering included the Grand Island, Ransomville, Kenmore, and Merritton Ontario, Lions Clubs; the Excalibur boat, Knights of Columbus, Grand Island High School cheerleaders, Grand Island High School football team, as well as, Rotary Club members, Boy Scout Troop 104 and individual community people. Participating schools were Erie 1 BOCES from Williamsville, Clarence and West Seneca West school sites, Autistic Services, Heritage Education Centers, Sweet Home Schools, and People Inc. and Baker Victory Services.
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55th Annual Lions Club Picnic - July 2013

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   The 55th Annual Lions Club Special Kids Picnic was held on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Over 800 special kids enjoyed themselves despite the oppressive heat at the Buffalo Launch Club grounds. The temperature was reported as 85 degrees but with the 70% humidity it felt like 90's. New this year was a petting zoo with small goats, a baby cow, llama and lamb. The kids loved petting the animals and after a pop-up tent was placed over the pen, the animals were much happier. As always great food, boat rides, Niagara Experience dance group, pony rides, face painting and the Shriners fast truck rides were available to enjoy.




Lions Club News - July 2013

   The Lions Club July Newsletter
   The Lions Club "Special Kids Picnic" will be held on Wednesday, July 17th at the Buffalo Launch Club. It is a great day for many hundreds of WNY children to enjoy Boat Rides, Pony Rides, Shriner Kar Rides, Clowns & Magicians and Face Painting. Entertainment includes a visit by Sabretooth, the Grand Island Fire Company and the Niagara Experience Players. A picnic lunch is served. Responsible volunteers are needed from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Please call Chairperson Annette (773- 3530) and she will help you find an assignment.




Lions Club Installation Dinner - June 2013

From left: Dave Chervinsky, Al Ackerman, Dick Crawford, Teresa Hooper, Tom Witkowski and Paul Bassette, all past Melvin Jones Award winners.

From left:Officers Lions Tom Witkowski (Immediate Past President), Paul Bassette (Director), Donna Lavallee (First Vice President, Recording Secretary), Annette Boies-Lobl (Corresponding Secretary), brooks Rimes (President), Al Ackerman (Lion Tamer), Tom Rusert (Second Vice President), Dave Chervinsky and Anne Fahning (Directors), Fred Ruocco, (Tail Twister), and Dick Crawford (Treasurer).
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   The Grand Island Lions Club held their annual Installation Dinner on June 12th at the Grand Island Holiday Inn. In addition to Officer installation, the club gave out milestone awards for years of service: Tom Rusert (15 years), Fred Ruocco and Tom Witkowski (20 years), Tom DeCarlo, Pat Patterson, and Earl DeGlopper (35 years). The Lions Club also awarded the "International Foundation Melvin Jones Award" to Teresa Hooper. The award is the LCIF’s highest honor. Hooper is the Past President of the Miracle League of Grand Island and was the driving force behind the successful completion of the Miracle League Field on the Island.




Lions Club News - June 2013

   The Lions Club June Newsletter
   The Lions Club has scheduled the next general meeting at 6:30 on Wednesday, June 12th, Grand Island Holiday Inn for the Installation Dinner. Check the newsletter for details.




Lions Club Christmas Tree Proceeds - May 2013

From left: Sean Kelly and Tom Witkowski.

   Lion Sean Kelly from Kelly's Country Store presented a check for $2800.00 to Lion President Tom Witkowski of the Grand Island Lions at their regular dinner meeting held at the Holiday Inn on May 8th. The money, earmarked for the Special Kids Picnic to be held on July 17th of this year, represents all profits from the annual sale of Christmas trees at Kelly's Store. The sale in its third year has progressively improved with Sean noting they have added 100 tree stands this year to make it easier to pick out a tree. Supporting the Special Kids picnic is a rewarding tradition for Kelly's started by Sean's Father Mike Kelly who was a long-standing member of the Lions and for many years donated his time and store resources for the benefit of kids with special needs.




Lions Club News - May 2013

   The Lions Club May Newsletter
   The Lions Club has scheduled the next general meeting at 6:30 on Wednesday, May 8th, Grand Island Holiday Inn. Check the newsletter for details.




44th Annual Lions Spaghetti Dinner - April 2013

   Members of the Grand Island Lions Club will host their 44th annual spaghetti dinner from 5-8 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2013 in the Holiday Inn Ballroom. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children between the ages of 4 and 12. Dinner includes spaghetti & meatballs, salad, Italian bread, soft drinks, milk and coffee. Take out available. A bake sale will be available and a door prize drawing is included with your ticket. Basket Raffles will be featured and proceeds will benefit the Special Kids Picnic at the Buffalo Launch Club this summer.




Lions Club News - March 2013

   The Lions Club March Newsletter
   The Lions Club has scheduled the next general meeting at 6:30 on Wednesday, March 13th, Grand Island Holiday Inn.




Lions Club News - Feb. 2013

   The Lions Club February Newsletter
   The Lions Club has scheduled the next general meeting at noon on Wednesday, February 27th, Say Cheese Pizza, 1771 Love Road.




Lions Club News - Jan. 2013

   The Lions Club January Newsletter
   The Lions Club has scheduled the first meeting of 2013 at noon on Wednesday, January 9th, Say Cheese Pizza, 1771 Love Road. The early time is to hopefully attract new members who may not be able to attend the evening meetings. The first regular meeting will be held at the Buffalo Launch Club on Wednesday, January 23rd at 6:30 p.m.




Lions Club Christmas Party - Dec. 2012

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   The Grand Island Lions Club held their annual Christmas Party at the Grand Island Holiday Inn on December 12th. Lion Fred Ruocco was the Master of Ceremonies and entertained the Club with seasonal songs and much merriment. During the party the Lions raised $500 to be donated to the Neighbors Foundation for annual holiday fund drive.




Lions Club Sponsors Joint Organization Meeting - Nov. 2012

   The Grand Island Lions Club invites representatives from all of the Island service organizations to a joint meeting at the Buffalo Launch Club at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. The meeting will be the springboard for a community-wide needs assessment initiative whose outcome will be to determine what kinds of volunteer services our community needs, which projects and programs are important to the people in our town, whether current service projects are still needed by the community, and to determine if other organizations in our community are providing similar services that could be consolidated or require additional support. Civic, religious, educational, and other leaders, who have their fingers on the pulse of our community, will be interviewed or provided a survey to complete. The citizens of the Grand Island will also be able to participate. The surveys will then be analyzed and prioritized by volunteer members of the service organizations involved. Any necessary funding, materials, and volunteers will then be obtained to effectively complete the projects. Notices of the assessment results will be published in order to keep everyone up-to-date. Dinner will accompany the meeting at a cost of $15.00 per person. Reservations are recommended and must be made no later than November 25, 2012. For more information and to place a reservation, contact Grand Island Lions President Tom Witkowski at 909-1862 or via email at liontom20n@roadrunner.com.




Lions Club - Nov. 2012

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   (above) Lions fellowship was at its finest on October 24th at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Lions from our Sister Club of Merritton, Ontario joined us for our Joint Dinner Meeting on Grand Island. Steaks were on the grill, prizes were drawn, and everyone enjoyed the laughter, fun and camaraderie.
   Grand Island Lions Club volunteers pose with Lewiston Historical Society volunteers at the Bicentennial Reenactment of the War of 1812 held on October 11-14th. in Lewiston, NY. As part of Lions community outreach programs, our Lions Club helped prepare and serve a pig roast dinner for Reenactment Members.
   See Lions' Nov. 2012 Newsletter.




Special Spaces Buffalo Visits Island - Sept. 2012

    Special Spaces Buffalo will be making a presentation at 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 26 at the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road, Grand Island. Individuals who have or know children with life-threatening health issues are cordially invited to attend. Volunteers who are looking to help renovate these kids' rooms to the child's wishes are also encouraged to attend. The Grand Island Lions Club is hosting the event in keeping with their commitment to helping children exemplified by their work with Miracle League, pre-school eye screening, the worldwide Peace Poster Contest, Special Kids' Picnic, Sight Night, and scholarships. Come join us and make a child's dreams come true! For more information, go to www.specialspacesbuffalo.org.




Lions Club - Medical Equipment for Those In Need

The Grand Island Lions Club has durable medical equipment for anyone in need. Equipment includes wheelchairs, motorized scooters. walkers, canes, commodes, bath seats, etc. Anyone interested in obtaining an item can call Fred Ruocco 773-5937, Dick Crawford 773-4121 or Dave Chervinsky 773.7185.




Annual Lions Club "White Cane Days" - August 2012


    The Grand Island Lions Club will be doing its annual "White Cane Days" on Friday and Saturday, August 24th and 25th. This is a major fundraiser for Lions clubs around the world. Monies collected are used to support programs and services for people who are blind or visually impaired as well as for sight conservation. Our Lions Club helps with a number of sight programs in our community including supporting the Library large print book section, screening preschool children for eye disease, vision correction for people in need, and support of the Ira Ross Eye Institute.
   White Cane Chairman Henry Lobl along with Annette Boies-Lobl pose with our White Collection Canes made by Lions member Earl DeGlopper. Look for Lions collecting donations in front of Tops Market, at local bank entrances and on local streets on the above dates.




54th Annual Lions Club Picnic - Buffalo Launch Club

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   The 54th Annual Lions Club Special Kids Picnic was held on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Chairman Annette Lobl reported that over 650 special kids were on hand to enjoy the festivities. Schools and organizations in attendance included Autistic Services of WNY, Erie 1 BOCES from Clarence Middle School, Williamsville Casey Middle School, West Seneca West School, Heritage Education Centers, People Inc. and Sweet Home Schools. The numbers have been way down the last three years as the Buffalo Public Schools no longer participate due to union/school issues. Back in the day, 1200 - 1500 special kids would enjoy the picnic. As always, the line was long to take a boat ride in the Niagara River and for the popular pony rides. The Shriners were giving fast truck rides in the parking lot and the Grand Island Fire Company brought a fire engine for the kids to explore. The Niagara Experience dance group entertained the crowd. The Grand Island Lions Club was the official sponsor of the event. They had a lot of help from the Lions of Ransomville, Wheatfield and Kenmore and members of the Grand Island High School football team and cheerleading squad, Scout Troop 150, and many members of the community.




Lions 54th "Special Kids Picnic" - July 2012

   Grand Island Lions Club Special Kids Picnic … Smiles Are Priceless
   The Grand Island Lions Club is presenting its 54th Annual “Special Kids Picnic” on Wednesday, July 18th at the Buffalo Launch Club, Grand Island, New York, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. On this day, the Grand Island Lions Club along with many other volunteers will bring joy and laughter to the hearts of over 900 special needs children from all over Western New York. The children will enjoy boat rides, magic acts, musical entertainment, clowns, face painting, tours of the Grand Island Fire Company’s fire truck, Shriner Kar rides, pony rides and more. There will be popcorn and soft drinks along with plenty of hotdogs and hamburgers being served at the event. To watch one child smile and laugh is definitely the gift that keeps on giving; now multiply that by 900. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Annette Boies-Lobl at 716.773.3530.




Lions Club's 43rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner - April 2012

Left photo, from left: Lions Club member Donna LaVallee, daughter Julie and niece brianna Hays. - Click photos for larger view.

   The Grand Island Lions Club held its 43rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Monday, April 16th in the Ballroom of the Grand Island Holiday Inn. Over 375 spaghetti and meatball dinners were served during the event. Proceeds from this event help the Lions fund their "Special Kids Picnic" held at the Buffalo Launch Club scheduled for July 18, 2012. Thanks go to the many volunteers, including Young Life students, GIHS students, St. Stephens religious education students, cub scouts, staff from the Holiday Inn and Lions Club members. Special thanks to Tops Markets and the many Grand Island businesses for donations of gift certificates and baskets for the raffle.




Lions Spaghetti Dinner - Feb. 2012


   Members of the Grand Island Lions Club will host their 43rd annual spaghetti dinner from 5-8 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2012 in the Holiday Inn Ballroom. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Basket Raffles will be featured and proceeds will benefit the Special Kids Picnic at the Buffalo Launch Club July 18, 2012.




Christmas Trees For Sale - December 2011


   For the second year, Kelly's Country Store, 3121 Grand Island Boulevard, is selling Christmas trees and wreaths with proceeds going to the Lions Club. The trees will be on sale until Christmas Eve or as long as supplies last. This year, live reindeer will be visiting on the weekend of December 10th & 11th. This fundraiser is in honor of longtime Lions Club member and store owner Mike Kelly, who passed away in 2009.




School Is Open Reminder - August 2011


From left: Lions Treasurer Dick Crawford, Lions President Anne Fahning, GISD Transportation Director Jack Burns and Town Board Liasion to Traffic Safety Board Ray Billica.

   The Lions Club has donated an illuminated sign, placed on Grand Island Blvd., reminding residents that school is opening Wednesday, August 31st. Please obey speed limits in and around the schools.




Lions Club's 53rd Annual Special Kids Picnic - July 2011


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   The Grand Island Lions Club held its 53rd Annual Special Kids Picnic on Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Over 800 kids, caregivers and family members enjoyed the grounds of the Buffalo Launch Club on a very warm and sunny day. An estimated 1000 hamburgers and 1000 hot dogs were cooked for lunch by the Lions Club members and volunteers from the community. Music was provided by Lions Club members Mary & Pat Paterson of "Island Music" and had many kids up on their feet dancing. Every year there are horseback rides, Shriners mini truck rides around the parking lot, face painting and especially enjoyable, boat rides on the Niagara River. Thanks to all the volunteers who make a wonderful day for the kids happen.




Lions Club's 42nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner - April 2011


   The Grand Island Lions Club held its 42nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Monday, April 11th in the Ballroom of the Grand Island Holiday Inn. Hundreds of hungry people enjoyed the spaghetti and meatball dinner. Proceeds from this event help the Lions fund their "Special Kids Picnic" held at the Buffalo Launch Club each summer. Thanks go to the many volunteers, including cub scouts, high school students and Lions Club members.


Christmas Tree Sale - Dec. 2010

The Grand Island Lions Club will be offering Christmas Trees at Kelly's Country Store on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. and also Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5-9 p.m. Why leave the Island for your tree this year?

Lions Club Sponsors Community Needs Assessment Survey - Nov. 2010

Members of the Grand Island Lions are conducting a survey. The objective of the survey is to gain input from the community on the existing efforts of service organizations and suggestions on areas to focus in the future. The Lions Club is conducting this survey hoping to get many of the residents, community leaders and those with related expertise to participate. They are very willing to share any of the results they can gather so that not only the Lions Club but other organizations can utilize the information to improve their programs. The survey is posted on Survey Monkey and can be accessed via the following link: Click here to take survey.

Lions Club Promotes Free Diabetes Testing - Nov. 2010

The Grand Island Lions Club, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and the Knights of Columbus, will be sponsoring Free Diabetes testing on November 14th at the Knights of Columbus hall, 1841 Whitehaven Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mount St Mary’s will be doing finger pricks to check blood glucose levels. If these levels are not within the normal range, blood may be drawn to check A1C Levels. Please bring your prescriptions for review by the Pharmacist from Island Prescription to discuss your current drug therapy. MOG will be there providing physical fitness information. Representing MTI Photo Screening for Children under the age of 5, Diane Fortin, Podiatrist will be on hand. A diabetes educator will be available to answer questions and educate about diabetes and appropriate nutrition. Our goal is to raise awareness in our community and to identify undiagnosed cases. There are 23.6 million children and adults in the United States, or 8% of the population, who have diabetes. The total prevalence of diabetes increased 13.5% from 2005 to 2007. There are 17.9 million people with diagnosed cases and 5.7 million people who are undiagnosed, 57 million people have pre-diabetes, 1.6 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2007. Please call Lion Shelia Ferrentino at 716.863.9592 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are Welcome.




Lions Club Picnic - July 2010


The Lions Club 52nd annual Special Kids Picnic was held on Wednesday, July 21 at the Buffalo Launch Club. Children, parents and caregivers from Niagara Orleans BOCES, Erie 1 and 2 BOCES, Heritage, Aspire, Autistic Services, Baker Victory, People Inc. and HANCI in Niagara Falls attended. Over 1,000 attendees enjoyed boat rides, pony rides, Shriners mini-truck rides, face painting and crafts. The grill was fired up and Lions Club members cooked hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch.

Successful Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner - March 2010


From left: Joe Piazza, Tyler Cooney, Mark Frentzel and Kevin Kulikowski
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Members of the Grand Island Lions Club held their 41st annual Spaghetti Dinner on Monday, March 22nd at the Holiday Inn Grand Island. The crowd was a bit smaller than usual due to the cold and rainy weather, but still a nice turn-out. The Lions were helped by many volunteers including members of the Grand Island Young Life Club.