Fulton Lions Installs New President, Presents Annual Awards

The Fulton Lions Club installed its new slate of officers for 2011-12 and presented club awards for the 2010-11-club year at their June 9 meeting.

The 2011-12 Fulton Lions Club officers and board members installed at the club’s June 11 meeting are, from front left: Robert “Chip” Pierce, second vice president; James Sokolowski, president; and David Dingman, first vice president. Back row, from left: Charles McIntyre, tail twister; Kenneth Ruscitto, third vice president; Theresa Stephens, treasurer; Jacqueline Zaborowski, secretary; Michelle Stanard, assistant secretary; Brett Tallents, two-year director; Fred Aldrich, immediate past president; and Leonard Kellogg, past president and Melvin Jones Fellowship Award winner.

James Sokolowski succeeds Fred Aldrich as president. Other officers installed included: David Dingman, first vice president; Robert Pierce, second vice president; Kenneth Ruscitto, third vice president; Jacqueline Zaborowski, secretary; and Theresa Stephens, treasurer. Other officers installed include: Steve Chirello, membership chair; Michelle Stanard, assistant secretary; Deana Michaels, assistant treasurer; Ronald Browning, lion tamer; John Hansen, assistant lion tamer; Charles McIntyre, tail twister; Kathleen Knopp, assistant tail twister; Brett Tallents and William Conners, two-year directors; and McIntyre and Leonard Kellogg, one-year directors. Lion Robert Seibert of Liverpool, past Lions International director and past district governor, presided over the installation.

Fulton Lions Club Immediate Past President Fred Aldrich, right, congratulates President James Sokolowski.

“Three outstanding Lions received some of Lions Clubs International’s most prestigious awards,” Sokolowski said. “Leonard Kellogg was the recipient of a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, Steve Chirello received the Distinguished Service Award and Jesse Yardley received a Presidential Citation.

“A Melvin Jones Fellowship is the highest honor that Lions International can bestow. This award recognizes a person’s commitment to humanitarian service. Lion Kellogg, a past president and longstanding member, is always there to help on every project and he is an ‘anchorman’ for Lionism in Fulton.

Lion Past President Leonard Kellogg, right, receives Lions Clubs International’s Melvin Jones Fellowship from Fulton club President Fred Aldrich. A Melvin Jones Fellowship is the highest honor that Lions International can bestow, Aldrich said. This award recognizes a person’s commitment to humanitarian service.

“Lion Steve Chirello has been a member of the club for 29 years and has co-chaired our White Cane Sale for many of those years with his father, Past President Leo Chirello. In addition, Steve handles public relations for the club and chairs the Oswego Falls Park Clean-Up Project every year.

“Lion Yardley has been a member of the club for more than 27 years and has assisted or run our Sight and Hearing committee for much of that time. This year alone, our club has donated $7,000 in new eyeglasses and eye exams thanks to Jesse’s management of that program.

“Chartered in 1953, our club continues to be the largest and most active in our district with 50 active members. We look forward to our Labor Day Duck Derby to kick-off our next year of service to the greater Fulton community and our annual Lions Loot Sweepstakes in October.”

For further information on Fulton Lions, visit www.FultonLionsClub.org.

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