Lions welcome new member

NEW CUMBERLAND – The New Cumberland Lions Club welcomed new member Missy Perkins, sponsored by Barbara Blackwell and inducted by Past District Gov. John Patton, during a recent meeting.

Lion Russ Flanigan, seconded by Lion Brian Webster, made a motion to dispense with the reading of the minutes, and the treasurer’s report was accepted as read.

Patton spoke about the club’s mission to provide eye exams and eyeglasses to area residents. The club is working with other Lions Clubs in the area to purchase a portable machine so they can once again provide eye tests in area schools. To fund the group’s charitable efforts, it holds paper drives, pulled pork sales and a walk-a-thon. The group also participates in Adopt-A-Highway and hosts an annual Halloween party.

District activities include the Dan Dague Memorial Car Show, held annual on Labor Day at Wheeling’s Highlands. More than 1,100 cars were registered at last year’s events.

Lion Bob Manypenny asked that anyone available is encouraged to come down to the group’s paper shed and help organize.

The State Conference will be held March 15-16 in Bridgeport.

Lion Russ Flanigan thanked Lion Anna Raines for putting the environmental patch on the club’s banner.

Lion Anna Raines reported on distributing dictionaries at New Manchester Elementary Schools. Lions Joyce Young and Jennifer Meeker assisted in distributing 70 dictionaries and answering questions about the Lions Club.

Lion Ryan Cervi completed first responder training and provided safety information. He also spoke about the Res-Q-Me Rescue Tool that cuts seat belts or breaks windows in emergency situations and works underwater.

Lion Arland Lamp, seconded by Lion Tom Tate, made a motion to adjourn.

The next meeting will be March 12.