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K00885 Text:

Assembly Resolution No. 885
BY: M. of A. Buttenschon
        COMMENDING  the Utica Lions Club upon the occasion
        of celebrating its 100th Anniversary on February  8,
  WHEREAS,  It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize and
pay tribute to those fraternal organizations of high purpose and  worthy
accomplishment whose endeavors have faithfully served the welfare of the
citizens of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to  such  concern,  and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this  Legislative  Body  is  justly  proud  to
commend  the Utica Lions Club upon the occasion of celebrating its 100th
Anniversary on February 8, 2024, to be celebrated on Saturday, April 20,
2024, at the Burrstone Inn Grand Ballroom, New Hartford, New York; and
  WHEREAS, The Utica Lions Club was chartered on February 8, 1924, and
adheres to the Lions  mission  to  empower  volunteers  to  serve  their
communities,  meet  humanitarian  needs,  encourage  peace  and  promote
international understanding; and
  WHEREAS, Devoted to helping others, the Utica  Lions  Club  supports
the  Central  Association  for  the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI),
Freedom Guide Dogs, American Diabetes Association, Resource  Center  for
Independent  Living  (RCIL), Lions Hearing Conservation Program, and the
American Red Cross; and
  WHEREAS, Encouraging community involvement,  the  Utica  Lions  Club
hosts  fundraising  efforts  such  as  the  White  Canes Donation Annual
Holiday Raffle, Journey for Sight Walk, Bottle and  Can  Drive,  Special
Interest  Dinner,  and  the  Utica  Lions  Bowl-A-Thon;  the  Club  also
organizes the Christmas  Party,  Community  events  for  the  blind  and
visually  impaired,  providing  eye  exams  and glasses/hearing aids for
those in need, Collection of Eye Glasses  and  Hearing  Aids,  and  even
yearly  scholarship  awards  to  T.R. Proctor High School and Notre Dame
High School top students; and
  WHEREAS, The current officers and members of the  Utica  Lions  Club
include:  President  and  Secretary, Antonetta Panuccio; Vice President,
Dr.   Peter Yarosz;  Treasurer,  Dr.  Allen  Zuck;  Membership,  Raymond
Collins,  Amy  Lindsey,  William Doble, Carl Gage, Howard Heffron, Frank
Marfone, and Timothy and Jane O'Connor; and
  WHEREAS, The Utica Lions Club is part of Lions Clubs  International,
one  of  the  largest  service organizations in the world, and is deeply
committed to meeting the challenges of public service; currently,  there
are approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic
areas around the world; and
  WHEREAS,  Founded in 1917 by Melvin Jones, Lions are also recognized
worldwide for their service to the blind  and  visually  impaired;  this
service  began  when  Helen  Keller  challenged  the Lions to become her
"knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness" during the Lions'
1925 International Convention; and
  WHEREAS,   The  success  of  the  Utica  Lions  Club  is  in  direct
correlation to the efforts of its members,  whose  involvement  is,  and
always has been, characterized by an impressive commitment, an unbridled
enthusiasm,   and  an  uncompromising  standard  of  excellence  in  all
endeavors on behalf of the organization and the community it serves; and
  WHEREAS, It  is  the  sense  of  this  Legislative  Body  that  when
individuals and organizations of such noble aims and accomplishments are
brought  to  our  attention, they should be celebrated and recognized by
all the citizens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
commend  the Utica Lions Club upon the occasion of celebrating its 100th
Anniversary, and to honor  its  members,  past  and  present,  who  have
labored  so conscientiously to secure and improve the quality of life in
the community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted to the Utica Lions Club.
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