Lions Honor Long Time Community Service Leaders
The Grafton Lions Club celebrated 59 years of community service and contributions to the quality of life in Grafton at its annual Charter Night on Saturday night, February 22nd 2014.
President John Riemer (right) receiving his President's gavel from Secretary PDG Dennis Perron
The Club’s annual giving to charities, local organizations and events will top $30,000 for the current 2013-2014 fiscal year. Officers of the club received acknowledgement for this effort at the Massachusetts Lions District 33A Mid-Winter Conference held earlier this month in Boxboro.
Multiple long time members and community service leaders were honored by the club Saturday night.
Dennis Perron and Phil Dumas were awarded Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow awards for outstanding contributions to Lions causes, the Grafton Lions and the Town of Grafton. This award is one of the most prestigious awards a Lion can earn.
President John Riemer (left) presents Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow Award to PDG Dennis Perron
President John Riemer (left) presents Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow Award to Lion Phil Dumas
Other members were honored for long time outstanding community service and significant contributions to the Grafton Lions Club and the Town of Grafton. Those honored included: Phil Dumas and Dr. Charles Gagne – 45 years; Reggie Ide – 40 years; Marianna Riemer, Sue Robbins and David Robbins – 20 years.
(Left to right) President John Riemer, Lion Reggie Ide, Lion Phil Dumas and Lion Dr. Charlie Gagne
(left to right) President John Riemer, Lion Dave Robbins, Lion Sue Robbins and Lion Marianna Riemer
Others who will be honored at upcoming events include: Jesse Dowd – 40 years; Dr. Andrew Cederberg and Ned Vegnone – 30 years; Bob Bazinet, Noelle Dowd and Cindy Vegnone – 20 years; Bob Danna, Marine Johanson and Phil Johanson – 10 years.
Our Newest Lions (above) Lion Lizz Perron and Nate (below) Lion Lisa Mann and Lion Daren Mann