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 SERVING THE BROADALBIN, PERTH AND MAYFIELD COMMUNITIES


"That's a Wrap!" as Broadalbin-Perth Lions and Local Students Team Up at Bob's Trees
Hagaman, N.Y., Dec. 10, 2022 -- The Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club was assisted by students of the Broadalbin-Perth High School Key Club and National Honor Society, Boy Scout Troop 5051B, and students from Mayfield High School's National Honor Society in a day-long Christmas tree wrapping and fund raising project at Bob's Trees last Saturday. The Lions and their young community partners staffed four locations around the sprawling tree farm and provided tree wrapping and tie down services to customers at the popular location. Students' time spent assisting the B-P Lions was credited to their community service graduation requirement and the Scouts earned credit toward their respective merit badges.
Lions, students, and scouts team up to muscle a large tree through a wrapping fixture during the Broadalbin-Perth Lions Tree Wrapping Fund Raiser at Bob's Trees. Community service credit was earned by the students and the Scouts got closer to their merit badges. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).
A cold and clear December day brought many out to Bob's Trees where the Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club was assisted by local high school students and Scouts during their annual Tree Wrapping Fund Raiser. The wrapping of trees was as brisk as the weather. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).
Broadalbin-Perth Lions Rob Townsend, fourth from left, and Bill Suchy, far right, stand with members of Mayfield High School Honor Society during a break in their tree wrapping duties at Bob's Trees. Mayfield HS-NHS advisor Pam King, far left, also participated. The Lions certified the students' time for their community service credit graduation requirement. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions Fill Backpacks in Mayfield
Mayfield, N.Y., Dec. 9, 2022 -- The Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club continued their efforts in combating hunger with another delivery of food to the Mayfield Central School District, part of an ongoing Backpack program to provide food to those students and their families who are struggling. The Lions picked up almost 500 pounds of food from a Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York truck they met in Amsterdam. They then made the trip to Mayfield where they joined with Mayfield Schools custodian J.P. Blais and offloaded staples and fresh fruit.
   
Broadalbin-Perth Lions, from left, Bill Suchy, Tom Kevlin, Club President Rob Townsend, and Mike Auricchio, stand with Mayfield School Custodian J.P. Blais, kneeling, with a delivery of almost 500 pounds of food to support the Backpack Program and provide food for students and families in need. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).
   
Mayfield Schools Custodian J.P. Blais, left foreground, receives crates of food for the Backpack Program from Broadalbin-Perth Lions, from left, Bill Suchy, Tom Kevlin, Mike Auricchio, and Club President Rob Townsend during a delivery on Friday, Dec. 9. Combating hunger is one of the Lions' global missions, which is acted upon at the local level. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).  
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions March in Annual Broadalbin Christmas Parade
Broadalbin, N.Y., Nov. 28, 2022 -- Members of the Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club participated in the village's annual Christmas Parade this evening, joining residents in ushering in the official start of the holiday season. Lions proudly displayed their banner in front of vehicles dressed in festive lighting and Lions emblems. Coloring books were handed to youngsters and an upcoming fund raising announcement was given to adults. 
 
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions, from left, Tom Kevlin, Marty Stewart, Tom Guiffre, Mike Auricchio, Mary Balaban, Club President Rob Townsend, Valerie Kevlin, and Bill Suchy are in the holiday spirit as they display their banner in front of their decorated trailer before the parade begins. The parade route began at the Broadalbin-Perth High School and wound its way through the village. Several hundred area residents lined the streets in the annual event. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions/Lion Ed Balaban)
 
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions Tom Kevlin, left, and Valerie Kevlin, lead their fellow Lions in the annual Broadalbin Christmas Parade.  Several hundred area residents lined the route to usher in the holiday season. (Photo courtesy Fulton County Area News).
 
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions Mary (left, partially hidden) and Ed Balaban wave to the festive crowd during the Broadalbin Christmas Parade. Several hundred area residents lined the route to usher in the holiday season. (Photo courtesy Fulton County Area News).
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions Announce Winter Fund Raiser with
Hoffman Car Wash Helping Hands
Broadalbin, N.Y., Nov. 22, 2022 -- The Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club is sponsoring car wash packages offered by Hoffman Car Wash Helping Hands. 
 
Club President Bob Townsend said, 'I am excited to announce that our organization is participating in this Hoffman Car Wash Helping Hands fundraiser, which will run through the winter months."

The fastest and easiest way to sell these car wash tickets is online at our custom home page on the Helping Hands website:
http://www.hoffmanhelpinghands.com/fundraisers/roarwithlions2023 .

Townsend explained that one can buy tickets and have them delivered electronically directly to an email or mobile device.  "These car wash tickets make terrific stocking stuffers and are very convenient for anyone looking to protect their vehicles from the salt, sand and ravages of winter," said Townsend. "Everyone is encouraged to share this address with friends, family, coworkers - everybody needs a car wash and selling them online is easy for everyone," Townsend said.

"Funds raised from this project will be used exclusively to support the needs of the greater Broadalbin-Perth-Mayfield community," emphasized Townsend.
 
The Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club is part of Lions Clubs International, the largest service club organization in the world. More than 1.4 million members in over 48,000 clubs are serving in 200 countries and geographic areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions have strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects, and we extend our service impact through the generous support of our Lions ClubsInternational Foundation. We are focused on supporting vision, the environment, childhood cancer, hunger, diabetes and other pressing humanitarian needs to help address some of the biggest challenges facing humanity. 
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions Foundation Now With AmazonSmile
Broadalbin, N.Y., Nov. 14, 2022 -- The Broadalbin-Perth Lions Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charity of the parent Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club, is now listed with AmazonSmile.

Club President Bob Townsend explained that "AmazonSmile is a simple way to support the Broadalbin-Perth Lions every time one shops on Amazon, at no additional cost. When one shops with AmazonSmile, the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience can be found as on Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to the Broadalbin-Perth Lions Foundation which supports a variety of causes within our community. Of course, one can choose from over one million organizations to support, but we're hoping that members of the greater Broadalbin-Perth-Mayfield community will choose our Foundation so that funds donated stay close to home."

To use AmazonSmile, simply go to smile.amazon.com on your web browser or activate AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app on your iOS or Android phone within the Settings or Programs & Features menu. On your web browser, you can add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping with AmazonSmile.

Townsend said that when one initiates AmazonSmile and seeks a charitable organization, keying in "Broadalbin-Perth Lions Foundation" will readily appear, and following the prompts will activate the feature. The Broadalbin-Perth Lions have a direct link at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/83-4660720 .This link is also being made available on the Club's Facebook and Twitter pages.

"All funds donated to the Broadalbin-Perth Lions Foundation will be used exclusively to support the needs of the greater Broadalbin-Perth-Mayfield community," emphasized Townsend.

"As we enter the holiday shopping season, the ability to donate to our Foundation without any added pressure can be a blessing for so many. I am grateful to those who can make this arrangement and appreciate their consideration," said Townsend.
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions Gather 3000 Glasses and Hearing Aids
Perth, N.Y., Nov. 10, 2022 -- Having filled the attics and garages of members over the course of the pandemic, the Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club sorted through almost two years of donated eyeglasses and hearing aids after conducting their regular business meeting on Nov. 10 at the Perth Town Hall. Nearly 3000 pairs of glasses and 50 hearing aids were separated and packaged in preparation for delivery to a central location at which the appliances will be processed for eventual distribution to communities in need in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
 
Club President Bob Townsend cited Lions Clubs International Global Causes regarding vision and hearing, saying, "as Lions, we serve to prevent avoidable blindness and improve quality of life for people who are blind and visually impaired. More than a billion people have near-vision impairment simply because they don't have a pair of glasses, and 89% of those live in developing countries. Hearing impairment and deafness are also significant health issues on which Lions around the world are working to raise awareness, bring medical care and provide education."
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions, from left, Kirk Hardenburg, Mary Balaban, Tom Kevlin, Bill Suchy, Debbie Murphy, Bob Townsend, Mike Auricchio and Valerie Kevlin prepare to sort through thousands of donated eyeglasses for recycling. Lions have been advocates for the blind and visually impaired since 1925. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).
Broadalbin-Perth Lions, from left, Kirk Hardenburg, Mary Balaban, Tom Kevlin, Bill Suchy, Debbie Murphy, Bob Townsend, Mike Auricchio and Valerie Kevlin prepare to sort through thousands of donated eyeglasses for recycling. Lions have been advocates for the blind and visually impaired since 1925. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions proudly stand behind their work of having sorted through and packaged 3000 sets of donated eyeglasses and 50 hearing aids for recycling for those in need. The appliances will be cleaned and processed, eventually finding their way to the visually and hearing impaired around the world. Sight and hearing preservation are one of several global causes of Lions Clubs International, the world's largest service organization. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).
 
District Governor Visits Broadalbin-Perth Lions; New Lions Join Club
Galway, NY, Oct. 27, 2022 -- Lions District 20W Governor Ricky Laurin and his wife, Lion Priscilla, made their official visit to the Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club. The event was held at C&R Restaurant in Galway, and featured an evening of fellowship, frivolity, recognition, and the formal addition of three new members to the Broadalbin-Perth pride.
 
Lion Priscilla recognized several Club members, acknowledging them with coveted Lions Club International Milestone Chevron Awards for their respective years of service that ranged from 10 to 45 years. By virtue of this recognition it was clearly evident that the Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club is one of the most seasoned and experienced group of Lions in the region.
 
District Governor Ricky Laurin, who is also President of the Lions Eye Institute and Foundation at Albany, along with  Broadalbin-Perth Lion Bill Suchy, who also serves as a director of the Lions Eye Institute and Foundation at Albany, presented the Club with a "Knight of the Blind" certificate and patch, acknowledging the Club's $500 donation to the charity. Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club President Bob Townsend accepted the honor on behalf of the Club.
 
In his remarks to the Broadalbin-Perth Lions, the District Governor spoke about his experiences growing up in Northern New York, coaching ice hockey, and being a Lion, all of which shared a common thread of caring for one's community. Having already heard about the various service projects, solid fund raising, and deep community involvement of the Broadalbin-Perth Lions, when compared to many of the other 49 clubs in the District, Laurin said, "You guys do more than the average!"
 
Following his comments, District Governor Laurin inducted three new Lions into the Broadalbin-Perth Club. Lion Tim Munn was sponsored by Lion Tom Kevlin; Lion Susan Phillips was sponsored by Lion Don Savoie; and Lion Don Shanahan was sponsored by Lion Valerie Kevlin.
 
Lions District 20W Governor Ricky Laurin, center, and Broadalbin-Perth Lions President Bob Townsend, right, discuss the activities, goals, and mission of the Club for the current Lionistic year. At far left is Lion Priscilla Laurin, DG Laurin's partner in service. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).
Lions District 20W Governor Ricky Laurin, center, and Broadalbin-Perth Lions President Bob Townsend, right, discuss the activities, goals, and mission of the Club for the current Lionistic year. At far left is Lion Priscilla Laurin, DG Laurin's partner in service. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club President Bob Townsend proudly shows the "Knight of the Blind" patch and certificate awarded the Club by the Lions Eye Institute and Foundation at Albany. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).
 
Swelling with pride at the induction of new Lions are, from left, District Governor Ricky Laurin, Lion Susan Phillips and her sponsor Lion Don Savoie, Lion Tim Munn and his sponsor Tom Kevlin, Lion Don Shanahan and his sponsor Lion Valerie Kevlin, and Broadalbin-Perth Lion President Bob Townsend. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions Gather Food and Coin
Broadalbin, NY, Oct. 2, 2022 -- The Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club began their weekend early last Friday morning, Sept. 30, when members met the delivery truck from the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in Amsterdam. Lions gathered food to be delivered to the Backpack Program at Mayfield Central School. The program provides food to those students who are less fortunate.
 
The following morning, Saturday, Oct. 1, Lions took station at the intersection of Main Street and Second Avenue in the Village of Broadalbin to conduct their annual Coin Drop. Lions safely greeted vehicles at each of the streets approaching the intersection and owing to the well publicized event, received donations estimated to be around $2000. The funds will be used to support Club endeavors that support the greater Broadalbin-Perth-Mayfield community.
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions Bill Suchy, left, and Tom Kevlin, right, pick up their Club's share of food from the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The Lions delivered the food to Mayfield Central School in support of that school's Backpack Program which provides food to less fortunate students. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions Valerie Kevlin, foreground, and Don Savoie, express their gratitude to drivers as contributions were generously made during the Lions' annual Coin Drop in the Village of Broadalbin. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).
 
Lion Debbie Murphy of the Broadalbin-Perth Lions receives a contribution from a passing driver during the Club's annual Coin Drop. Working the four streets of the intersection in the Village of Broadalbin, an estimated $2000 was donated to the Club which will be used to support Club endeavors that support the greater Broadalbin-Perth-Mayfield community. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban). 
 
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions Support Fall Youth Soccer
Broadalbin, NY, Sept. 18, 2022 -- The Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club kicked off the fall soccer season this weekend with the opening of their concession tent at the Town Athletic Fields in support of the Broadalbin Youth Commission. This years long community service/fund raising project has provided parents and players with much needed refreshments and snacks during the Saturday morning contests. The season will last until late October.
Broadalbin-Perth Lions, from left, Valerie Kevlin, Mary Balaban, Bob Townsend and Mike Auricchio were on hand to staff the concession tent this weekend at the start of the Broadalbin Youth Commission's fall soccer season at the Town Athletic Fields. The BP Lions turn out every Saturday during the spring and fall seasons to sell refreshments and snacks to parents and players. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club Installs New Officers
New 2022-23 leadership team of the Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club includes, from left, President Bob Townsend, Immediate Past President and incoming Lion Tamer Bill Suchy, Vice President Ed Balaban, Secretary Valerie Kevlin, Treasurer Tom Kevlin, and Lion Tail Twister Don Savoie. Past District Governor Linda Rhinehart, seated, officiated the installation procedures. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Mary Balaban).
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions Recognize Community Service Standouts
B-P Lions Club Vice President and Master of Ceremonies Bob Townsend, left, congratulates Mayfield Central School 10th grader Audrey Hart, right, on her participation in the Hugh O'Brien Youth (HOBY) Leadership development program. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).
 
B-P Lions Club President Bill Suchy, left, presents Broadalbin-Perth High School senior Shelby Fenton, right, with a $1500 check and certificate recognizing her community service. Fenton will be attending Syracuse University and hopes to be a doctor. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).
 
Mayfield Central School senior Kelsey Meca, left, receives a $1500 check and certificate recognizing her community service from B-P Lions President Bill Suchy, right. Meca will be attending SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica and plans to become a nurse parctitioner. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).
 
Broadalbin Youth Commission member Keith Buchanan, left, and Mayfield Central School elementary teacher Mary Swart, right, stand with B-P Lions Club Vice President Bob Townsend upon being honored with the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award. The award is given to Lions and non-Lions who personify the highest examples of Lionistic character, and is presented as a recognition of the recipient's service. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban).
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions Dedicate Town Park Pavilion at
"Field of Dreams"
Broadalbin Youth Commission Board Member and Fundraising Coordinator Keith Buchanan, left, expresses his gratitude to Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club President Bill Suchy, right, for the Club's $20,000 contribution to the town's "Field of Dreams". (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban)
 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions proudly pose in front of the Lions Pavilion at the Town of Broadalbin's Family Recreational Park at the structure's dedication ceremony on June 5. (Photo courtesy Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club/Lion Ed Balaban)
 
 

Broadalbin-Perth Lions go live at WENT Radio for Lions Club Radio Day

Members of the Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club joined WENT Radio's Tim Murphy for Lions Club Radio Day on May 14. Club members solicited ads from more than 40 local area businesses and read those ads on the air while discussing aspects of Lionism with host Murphy. Proceeds from the ads go to the B-P Lions Foundation which funds ongoing projects and programs in the greater Broadalbin-Perth-Mayfield community. 

In the WENT studio, from left, are Broadalbin-Perth Lions President Bill Suchy, air personality Tim Murphy, and Lion Tom Kevlin. The Lions went "live" at the Gloversville, N.Y. AM/FM station to read ads from more than 40 local area businesses and discuss Lionism on May 14. (Photo courtesy B-P Lions/Lion Ed Balaban)

 
Broadalbin-Perth Lions, from left, Bob Townsend, Debbie Murphy, and Val Kevlin staffed the Club's concession operation at the opening of the Broadalbin Youth Commission's Spring Soccer season on May 7 at the Town of Broadalbin Athletic Fields, Broadalbin, NY. (Photo courtesy B-P Lions/Lion Ed Balaban)

 

 

Broadalbin-Perth Lions, from left, Don Savoie, Kirk Hardenburg, Pamela Brooks, Debbie Murphy, Club President Bill Suchy (seated), Tim Munn, and Mary Balaban gather during a quieter moment at the Fulton-Montgomery County Home and Craft Show at Broadalbin-Perth High School on May 1. The Lions operated the food concession and conducted a raffle for a pair of Adirondack chairs. Sales from the concession and raffle donations amounted to more than $2000 after costs. All proceeds go to the Broadalbin-Perth Lions Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity. (Photo courtesy B-P Lions/Lion Ed Balaban).

 

 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 

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