Marlborough Lions hold installation of officers

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Marlborough – Matt Gibbs was installed president of the Marlborough Lions Club for a third term during the annual meeting June 15. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of three awards – the President’s Appreciation Award and two supported by the full membership.

Gibbs announced Sharon Levy as the recipient of the President’s Appreciation award, stating: “Sharon is always eager to help out at all events and eager to do whatever is needed.”

A recipient of the Lion of the Year award is Laura Koester “for her 100-percent dedication to the club.” A special award that requires the approval of the International Association of Lions Club, upon nomination by the local group, was a lifetime membership presented to Charlie Painton for his total participation and support of all projects and activities undertaken by Marlborough Lions during his many years of service.

Randy Scott welcomed members and guests and introduced past District Governor Joyce Hogan who conducted the installation ceremony.

Other officers who will be serving include: Elizabeth Ruane, secretary; Misty Viera, treasurer; David Wagner, first vice president; Barney Kalman, second vice-president; Peter Herman, third vice-president; John Usinas, immediate past president; Jeff Minard, lion tamer; Michael Traiforos, tail twister; Mary Scott, membership director; Painton, chaplain; and Marlene King, investigations.

Incoming directors are Levy, Catherine Gibbs, Amanda Zhu and John Devine. Mayor Arthur Vigeant congratulated members of the group on their total dedication and continued interest in serving the needs of the city through their many service projects. A special thank you was extended to Gregory Mitrakas for his continuing sponsorship of the club’s annual Father-Daughter Dance.

Lions Club International is the world’s largest service club organization. Marlborough club members provide aide to the elderly and disabled, and volunteer in schools and youth outreach programs. Among their many projects are the annual Labor Day Bed Race, Spring Sprint triathlon, and the Amazing Marlborough Race. Anyone wishing to join may contact Mary Scott at 508-523-2172.

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