Local Lions recruiting new members
Their motto is "we serve."
That is why current members of the Connellsville Lions Club continue to donate their time, talents and efforts to serving the people of Connellsville with programs and projects including blind-related and leader-dog programs, youth organization aid, Lions Square, the high school stadium refreshment stand project and financial aid for community groups.
The club, which was established in 1946, holds a dinner meeting every Monday at 6:15 p.m. in the Carnegie Free Library.
According to Jim Stefano, chairman of the Lions' membership committee, the club's commitment to helping the community becomes increasingly more difficult without an adequate number of members. In order to retain a strong membership base, the club holds two membership mixers every year - one in January and one in August.
In an attempt to recruit new members interested in giving back to the community, the committee is planning its first mixer for 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Paint Room in Connellsville.
The mixer features keynote speaker Dan Swincinski of the Somerset Lions Club where he has served as secretary, vice president, and as a member of the board of directors. In addition to serving on many club committees, Swincinski has served District 14M as Campaign Sightfirst group leader, zone chairman for one year and regional chairman for two years.
He also served as vice district governor in 1998-99 and district governor in 1999-2000. Last year, Swincinski served the Pennsylvania Lions as council chairman, presiding over 18 districts and 29,000 Lions Club members. He is currently the district membership chairman and council adviser to the Lions of Pennsylvania.
Among his many accomplishments with the Lions, Swincinski has received the Proud Lion Award and has been presented with a Melvin Jones Fellow and a Lions of Pennsylvania Fellow by District 14M. He is also the recipient of two International Certificates of Appreciation, and this past year received the International President of Lions Club's International.
In 1997, he was presented the Outstanding Person of Somerset County Award for his work promoting a drug-free lifestyle and his work on the Red Ribbon committee. He currently serves as vice president of the Somerset Blind Inc. and on the Students in Free Enterprise board of Mount Aloysius College. He has also been a Scout leader for seven years.
Swincinski will be accompanied at the mixer by his wife, Ann.
Also attending the mixer as honored guests will be current district governor Paul Quast and his wife, Connie, who are current members of the Eighty Four Lions Club.
Although the Lions invite perspective members to join them for the mixer, it is by invitation only, so anyone interested in attending should contact Stefano at 724-277-8374 or Bill Hart at 724-628-2113 by Jan. 16 to make the proper arrangements.
Stefano promises those who join the Lions will personally benefit from the self-satisfaction of doing things for others and seeing their community grow. Although a large number of new members would be acceptable, Stefano points out that the Lions are more interested in quality of members, not quantity.
The Lions' second membership mixer will be held on the second Monday in August at Lions Square.