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Feature Stories October 6, 2011  RSS feed

NewMaspeth Lions Officers Off To A Roaring Beginning

Schedule Events To Help Charities
by Joseph A. Papavero Maspeth Lions Club


The new Maspeth Lions Club officers, as shown from left to right: Peter Wolyniec, Joseph Abramaitis, MichaelAylward, Joseph B. Papavero, Lions Past Deputy Gov. Pauline Francis, Joseph Licari, Joseph A. Papavero and Ed Bivona. The new Maspeth Lions Club officers, as shown from left to right: Peter Wolyniec, Joseph Abramaitis, MichaelAylward, Joseph B. Papavero, Lions Past Deputy Gov. Pauline Francis, Joseph Licari, Joseph A. Papavero and Ed Bivona. The Maspeth Lions Club held their biennial induction of officers meeting on Thursday, Sept. 22, at Connolly’s Corner.

State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. was on hand to swear in the officers and Lions Past-District Gov. Pauline Francis inducted two new members into the Maspeth club. New Lions President Joseph B. Papavero was sworn in along with Michael Aylward as treasurer, Ed Bivona as secretary, Richard Kichinski as vice president, Joseph A. Papavero as second vice president, Khaled Musa as third vice president, Peter Wolyniec as recording secretary, Joseph Abramaitis as zone chairman, Nicholas Bamonte as tail twister and Edward Kruck as lion tamer. Dominick Coticchio and Rusty Valle were sworn in as new Lions members as the club continues its mission to grow.

The Maspeth Lions also saluted Immediate Past-President Michael Locascio on a job well done in his two-year term as President and recognized Lion Robert Vollkommer for 10 years of service in Lionism.

These new officers will be very busy in the upcoming months with what is a hectic Fall Lions schedule.

Recently, the Maspeth Lions participated in the Greenpoint Lions Club’s annual bathtub race. Lions Joseph B. Papavero, Michael Aylward and Nicholas Bamonte participated in the race, held at Msgr. McGolrick Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Sept. 17. The Maspeth team pushed their bathtub and steered with plungers to capture the victory trophy in the event.

The Lions also made some great charitable contributions. In August, the Lions donated $500 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on behalf of JDRF volunteer and Lions member Deborah Cox. On Sept. 19, the Lions made a $200 do- nation to the T.E.A.L. Walk for Ovarian Cancer (Tell Every Amazing Lady).

The Lions will also be attending the Lions Eye Bank of New York’s Gala Event on Nov. 19, to make a contribution to the Eye Bank. Maspeth Lions Marilyn McAndrews and the late Lion Joseph Sikorski have participated as Past-Chairpersons in transporting corneas for those in need.

In addition, all proceeds generated at the Sept. 25 Maspeth Street Fair will be donated to the Guide Dog Foundation in the club’s effort to donate $6,500 to purchase 2 guide dogs for the blind.

On Oct. 31, the Lions will hold their annual Children’s Halloween Ragamuffin Parade along Grand Avenue. This year’s parade will begin at 7 p.m. in front of Papavero Funeral Home and proceed to Maspeth Federal Savings’ parking lot, where all participating children, dressed in costume, will receive a free bag of tricks and treats courtesy of the Lions.

Those interested in helping the Maspeth Lions Club in any of their charitable endeavors and events, may stop into one of the meetings throughout the year for more information about membership. The Maspeth Lions meet at Connolly’s Corner on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m.. This month’s meetings are scheduled for Oct. 13 and 27.

For more information, call Lions Public Relations Chairperson, Joseph A. Papavero, at 1-917-559-0707.