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Richmond Lions install officers; Huscroft lauded as District Lion of the Year

NEW OFFICERS — Among new officers of the Richmond Lions Club installed at the July 9 meeting for 2020-21 were, top photo, from left, Mark Johnson, treasurer; Leonard Orwick, secretary; Linda McConnell, tail twister; Sanh Huscroft, first vice president; Dustin Van Fossen, second vice president; Ken Miser, president; Josh McConnell, one-year director; Brian Applegarth, assistant secretary and second-year director; and Taylor Cain, third-year director. -- Janice Kiaski

RICHMOND — Officers were installed and a member lauded with a special award when the Richmond Lions Club met Thursday at the shelter house at Richmond Park — its first meeting since March and the onset of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in place.

Sanh Huscroft was presented the District OH 3 Zone 7 Lion of the Year Award in appreciation of her service and dedication with the Richmond Lions Club. The presentation was made by newly installed District Gov. Terry Snyder. She also was presented with a new district governors banner.

Snyder explained the 2019-20 award was to have been presented by then- District Gov. Josephine Prokop, who had urged clubs in the zone to nominate a member who had demonstrated “great initiative and support.” The biographies submitted by clubs were judged by William Snyder, zone chair, who also attended the meeting. He serves as ALERT program chair, which entails emergency response assistance.

Terry Snyder installed officers of the club, with Ken Miser assuming the duties of president. Other leaders are Huscroft, first vice president; outgoing president Dustin Van Fossen, second vice president; Leonard Orwick, secretary; Brian Applegarth, assistant secretary and second-year director; Mark Johnson, treasurer; Linda McConnell, tail twister; Josh McConnell, one-year director; Taylor Cain, three-year director; and Pete Olivito, Don Swickard, Becky Swickard, Aaron Richardson and Kim Richardson, membership committee.

The club is considering having its fundraiser golf outing possibly in September to replace the one that would have been held in June.

AWARD -- Sanh Huscroft, left, was presented the District OH 3 Zone 7 Lion of the Year Award in appreciation of her service and dedication with the Richmond Lions Club. The presentation was made by District Gov. Terry Snyder. Huscroft also was presented a district governors banner. -- Janice Kiaski

Terry Snyder explained her theme as district governor is “Making the Impossible Possible.” “That’s what the Lions do as far as I’m concerned. I have the sight I have because the Lions were there for me before I was a Lion, and that’s what we do — we build ramps, we do vision screenings and road side cleanups — everything we do makes something possible for somebody.”

After the meeting, Snyder explained she has been a Lions club member since 2003, her home club originally being New Cumberland but now Mingo Junction. Lions Club International made possible eye surgery that she needed years back to save sight in her right eye.

Her installation as district governor was to have occurred last week in Singapore at the Lions international convention, but it was canceled because of coronavirus pandemic precautions in place.

“We had to take the oath of office on line, which was a real letdown, but it doesn’t make us any less of what we are, and there are seven (district) governors in Ohio,” she said.

“We need to serve the community — that’s what the Lions motto is all about and any way we can do that is fine,” she said, noting, “It’s basically your club, your way, whatever you want to do, how ever you want to serve, as long as it’s in the name of Lions.”

PASSING THE GAVEL -- The ceremonial passing of the gavel acknowledged a change in presidency in the Richmond club from Dustin Van Fossen, left, to Ken Miser. -- Janice Kiaski

She continued, “We are the largest service organization in the world.” Ohio’s membership is around 500 and the world’s, 1.4 million. District OH 3 has 56 clubs. Like many service organizations, Lions clubs, too, also have felt a decline in membership through the years and a challenge in recruiting new ones. Individuals interested in joining a Lions club can contact any local Lion member or visit the Lion Club International website. Richmond’s meetings are at 6:45 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday at Richmond Park during the summer.

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