Annual Chicken BBQ a Sell-out Success

On Tuesday September 27, 2022 the Kenmore Lions Club held their annual Chicken BBQ.  Many thanks to our co-chairs Lions Jim Grimes and John Brenchley for an outstanding job of coordinating our effortsinto such a successful event. The Kenmore Lions—along with spouses Barbara B, Terry R, Dave K, and 5 members of the Town of Tonawanda YES group—went all-out to make the event a sell-out. The Kenmore Lions Club sincerely appreciates our friends, families, and local businesses for their continued support in our Club events. 

four men in a parking lot stand behind large racks of roasted chicken

three volunteers packing food A group of men packing food a group of teenagers



Kenmore Lions Club Scholarship Luncheon

At the Tuesday August 2, 2022 luncheon meeting, the Kenmore Lions Club presented the 2022 Lion Donald A. Kossuth P. E. Scholarship to Andrew Roland. His award is the one of four $1.000.00 annual awards to assist in the winner’s college education. Also in attendance to receive their yearly awards were the 2021 winner Summer Derwald, and 2020 winner Clare Bressette. (2019 winner Capriana Romanini was not able to attend the luncheon.) The Club thanks the Scholarship Committee for their efforts in this annual project. 

Two Lions Club members stand with three teenagers holding awards.



Annual Club Picnic a Success

The Kenmore Lions Club held their charitable fundraising raffle draw at their annual Club Picnic/Steak Roast on July 19, 2022. The first prize was “winners choice” of one of the 3 tables that were designed and created by Lion Joe Shiah at his home wood shop. The prize was won by Lion Donna Miller, who chose the beautiful octagonal occasional table.

The second prize was a “Wheelbarrow of Spirits” – a very generous supply of spirits, which  was won by the husband of Kenmore Lions Club branch member Lion Cynthia Kraus. 

Two men at a grill A woman wins a table Three women enjoying corn on the cob


2022 Installation and Awards Banquet

On June 7, 2022, the Kenmore Lions Club held their Installation and Awards Banquet at the Acqua Restaurant.

1st. VDG (Elect) Lion Rick Jachimiak installed the following Officers and Directors:

President: Lion Beverly Grimes

1st. V-P: Lion David Saxer

2nd. V-P: Lion Ralph MacVittie

3rd. V-P: Lion John Brenchley

Past President: Lion Joe Shiah

Secretary: Lion Eileen Kirchgraber

Treasurer: PDG Lion Tom Reinagel

Member Chair: Lion Gail Licata

Lion Tamer: Lion James Grimes 

Tail Twister: Lion Rev. Ben Eder

Greeters: Lions Linda and Donna Miller

Chaplain: Lion Sheila Jones

Directors 2021 – 2023
Ann Marie Ford
D. Lawrence Ginnane
Ralph MacVittie

Directors 2022 – 2024
Joseph Argenio
Bonnie Haase
Donna Miller
MJ Silliman 

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Melvin Jones Award a man gives an award to a woman in front of a US flag and Lions Club banner

At the Installation Banquet of the Kenmore Lions Club on June 7, 2022, PDG Lion Tom Reinagel personally presented his Partner in Service, Terry Reinagel, with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.

The Fellowship, which was created in 1973, is named in honor of the founder of Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones. The Award was established as Lions Clubs International Foundation’s highest form of recognition to acknowledge an individual’s dedication to humanitarian service. An inscribed plaque and lapel pin are presented to the specified individual. Although not a Lion, Terry Reinagel has shared her dedication to service, not only at every event that the Club has been involved in, but to her community.  Her efforts are reflected in the intangible assistance to the Kenmore Lions Club she provides to her husband, PDG Lion Tom – Club Treasurer. The Club is very proud to add Terry Reinagel to our list of Melvin Jones Fellows.


Lions Club Scouting Service Award

Kenmore Lion James Grimes presented Lion John Brenchley with the Lions Club Scouting Service Award at the June 7, 2022 Club Installation Banquet:

We recognize you as a role model and for rendering distinguished service to your Scouting Unit Boy Scout Troop 539, Kenmore N. Y. and Leos Club of Kenmore East High School as well as for being an active Lion of the Lions Club of Kenmore.

Lion John fulfilled the requirements of registered trained scouter, exemplifying the Boy Scout Motto, and a relationship between scouting and Lions. John has been a leader for over 35 years holding the positions of assistant scoutmaster, merit badge con. treasurer, committee member of Troop 539, and chairman of the christmas wreath sale. He demonstrates the 12 Boy Scout Laws and the Lions "We Serve".


PDG Lion Tom Reinagel Presented Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow

Lion Joe Shiah was announced as our newest Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow. Lion Joe joined the Kenmore Lions Club in 1982, serving as Club President in 1987 after serving as a Vice-President for the previous three years. He was first honored as a Melvin Jones Fellow in the year 2000. Sadly, he had to resign due to work relocation after 29 years of service.

Says Lion Tom: "Our good fortune changed as Lion Joe rejoined the Kenmore Lions in 2018 and I had the honor of performing his re-induction ceremony. This created a little bit of history for us as he was the Lion who performed my induction in 1987. Since rejoining the Kenmore Lions in 2018 Lion Joe has been a highly active Lion. He accepted his second role of Club President in early 2020 and has served admirably in this position.

"In addition to stepping up at a difficulty time in our KLC history, Lion Joe is also the Lion who suggested our now Signature Service Project that provides free eyeglasses to anyone in need who attends our annual Eye Glass Screening Clinic. In its first two years our Club has provided over 130 pair of eyeglasses to those in need.

"While this began as a project staffed by Kenmore Lions and assisted by volunteer eye-care professionals, Lion Joe had another objective which came to fruition with the establishment of a Club Branch named “The Kenmore Better Vision Lions.” To date, Lion Joe has sponsored nine (9) new Lions as members of this Club Branch most of whom are licensed eye-care professionals. As if that wasn’t enough, Lion Joe has been instrumental in acquiring donated new and used eye-screening equipment used by The Kenmore Better Vision Lions in their Eye Glass Screening Clinics.

"As Lion Joe is already a Melvin Jones Fellow, he will receive a special LCIF pin with a diamond chip indicating his Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship status and his name will once again be added to the names of other Kenmore Lions previously honored with a Melvin Jones Fellowship on a patch affixed to our Kenmore Lions Club Banner."


Honoring Kenmore Lions Who Have Passed 
Club Chaplin Lion Sheila Jones, with the assistance of Lion President Elect Beverly Grimes, conducted a Necrology Service honoring the Kenmore Lions who have passed away. Several of these Lions left us during the Covid-19 crisis period and the Club was not able to adequately acknowledge their service.  
NECROLOGY       6 – 7 – 22
PDG Alfred Anderson
Jean Hornlein
Evelyn McDonald
Gilbert Baumgardner
Virginia Pingrey
Marietta Lafornara
Anthony Lafornara
Jo Ann Frens
James Cornwell
Donald Kossuth
James Brodie
Kenmore Lions Celebrate Memorial Day
We marched, we rode, and we “floated!” The Kenmore Lions Club marched in the annual Kenmore-Tonawanda Memorial Day parade. Thanks to Lion Larry Ginnane and all the Kenmore Lions for their efforts in making our participation a success.
people marching in a parade with a Lions Club banner
VIA Visits KLC
The Kenmore Lions Club hosted a visit by representatives of the VIA (Visually Impaired Advancement) at their May 17, 2022 luncheon meeting. Senior Vice-President Renee DiFavio and Vision Education Specialist Ray Zylinski gave excellent presentations in the way that our visually impaired community, thru training, have the opportunity to live safely and comfortably on their own. Several of the programs available outlined were self-defense, swimming, and phone apps with voice replies. A specific “One Sunday per Month” program run from September thru June involves the entire family unit spending quality time together. Mrs. DiFavio and Mr. Zyllinski conducted separate group sessions with our members that including hands-on training methods used in the VIA classes.
A man presents awards to another man and a woman A woman guides a blindfolded man through an exercise A man seated at table shows a cellphone to two women


The Kenmore East Leos Club

Two women and three young women in front of a Lions Club bannerThe Kenmore Lions Club were honored to host the advisors and officers of the Kenmore East High School Leos Club at their May 3, 2022 luncheon meeting. (Pictured left to right: Kelley Holtz, special ed teacher and teacher of social studies and English at Kenmore East High School; LEO Secretary Jaelin Ramcharan; LEO Treasurer Abby Wojnowski; LEO President, Alondra Pacheco; Janine Galante, Department Chair of Guidance Counselors for 8th and 9th grade students at Kenmore East H.S.)

A bulletin board with the words Random Acts of KindnessThe Leos explained their Bulletin Board project, Random Acts of Kindness. Each tag has a suggested act of kindness such as “Call your grandmother tonight!” or “Hold the door for someone!” New tags are added often.

The Leos also spoke about their latest project, providing a furnished apartment for a refugee family through Journey’s End. This will be the second apartment the club has provided. Donations of new or gently used items are being accepted.

Two women are presented with certificates Kenmore Lions Club 1st Vice-President Lion Beverly Grimes presented Certificates of Appreciation to Kenmore East Leos Club Advisors Kelley Holtz and Janine Galante. Kenmore Lions sincerely appreciate the time and support these two educators have devoted to the Leos Club.



District 20-N Lions Hold Joint Meeting Group of people meeting and receiving award

On April 18, 2022 a joint meeting of Lions Clubs from District 20-N was held at the Classics V Banquet Center. The special guest speaker was PDG Anathony Paradiso, who is the Candidate for International Director. The meeting attendees enjoyed fellowship and an opportunity to meet other Lions from District 20-N. Our newest Kenmore Lion, Sarah Geraci, was formally inducted by PDG Paradiso at the event. Thanks to PCC Lion Sharon Battaglia and the Sheridan Drive Lions Club for making all the arrangements for this event. 


Kenmore Lions Support Ukrainian-American Club A man hands a woman an award and check

The Ukrainian-American Civic Center is the oldest Ukrainian ethnic cultural social club in Buffalo, serving both members and guests in our community. The Civic Center provides an opportunity for newcomers to America to practice their culture, meet potential friends and mates, and it provides a venue for Ukrainian cultural events. In addition, the club provided a way for these new Ukrainian-Americans to learn about job opportunities from other Ukrainians. Fundraisers buy supplies such as medical equipment, hygiene products, food, household supplies, clothing, etc. Our club was very proud to provide a donation to supplement their fundraising efforts.


Recognizing Service two men hold a framed award

At the March 15, 2022 luncheon meeting of the Kenmore Lions Club, President Lion Joe Shiah presented Lion Rev. Ben with a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of the unselfish service he has given to his Church, Community, and the LIons. He has been a member of the Kenmore Lions Club since 2001 and consistently gives freely of his time and efforts and has always made himself available when any help is needed. Rev. Lion Ben Eder is the Pastor of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Kenmore, NY. The Church will be celebrating their 100 year anniversary on Sunday March 20, 2022. 


Better Business Bureau Presentation

Melanie McGovern of the Buffalo Better Business Bureau was the guest speaker at the Kenmore Lions Club luncheon meeting on March 15, 2022. She gave an excellent overview of many of the scams that have been prominent in our area recently. Many of the main problems stem from social media—Facebook and email. When one of these posts are opened and replied to, it opens the door and allows the sender to collect very valuable personal information. She gave many examples of current problems and strongly recommended not opening or replying to anything that has any hint of an unacceptable use of a word or of language. The Bureau is always available to search for trustworthy businesses on-line and welcomes inquiries.  


Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels Presentation 

Jessica Nowak, Executive Director of the Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels, was the guest speaker at the  Kenmore Lions meeting on March 1, 2022. She gave an excellent overview of the program. Delivery routes, meal preparations, and available food choices were outlined and discussed. Mrs. Nowak was installed as the Executive Director in January 2022 and we wish her best of luck in her new assignment. The Kenmore Lions Club are very proud of the many Kenmore Lions that volunteer their time as delivery drivers for the Ken-Ton MOW.

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