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.
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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.


Special Projects for Elderwood Residents

In December 2021, Kenmore Lion Ann Marie Ford created 30 beautiful holiday centerpieces to be placed on the tables at Elderwood Assisted Living at Tonawanda. Kenmore 1st V-P Lion Beverly Grimes also organized a holiday greeting card project and had her fellow Lions add special greetings on 75 christmas cards to be passed out to the Elderwood residents.


Holiday Luncheon for the Blind

On December 7, 2021, the Kenmore Lions Club hosted their annual Holiday Luncheon for their sight impaired friends at the Olympic Restaurant. Santa took time out of his very busy schedule to make a visit and hand out candy canes. Tom Paladino was also present to accompany the group on his keyboard during the singing of Christmas carols. Good food, good friends and a good time was had by all.  

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District Governor Visits

MD20-N District Governor Lion Spencer Vail made his visit on Tuesday November 16, 2021.  He discussed many topics of interest to our members. Lion President Joe Shiah presented DG Vail the Kenmore Lions Club Commemorative photo collage plaque. Also at the meeting DG Vail installed new Kenmore Lion Dominic Catalano. Lion President Joe Shiah is the sponsor for Lion Dominic.




Guest Speaker at Kenmore Lions Club meeting 

At the November 2, 2021 meeting of the Kenmore Lions Club, 2nd VP Lion David Saxer introduced Guest Speaker Dr. Saralyn Rietz. Dr. Rietz is an ophthalmologist whose specialty is “back of the eye” problems. She gave an outstanding presentation on three main problems she specializes in: Diabetic Eye Disease, Macular Degeneration, and Retinal Detachment.  Dr. Rietz discussion on the effects that diabetes has on eye disease was outstanding. She conducted a question and answer session after her presentations.


New member welcomed

The Kenmore Lions Club was proud to add new member Cindy Krausto its roster at the meeting on November 2, 2021. PDG Lion Tom Reinagel conducted the installation with Lion President Joe Shiah as Lion Cindy’s sponsor. 



Lion Gives Presentation on Iceland

At the Kenmore Lions Club meeting on October 18, 2021, Lion Eileen Kirchgraber gave a very interesting presentation of her recent trip to Iceland. She provided a map and used it to outline the regions are areas she was discussing. The Club thanks Lion Eileen for her very interesting presentation.  


Guest Speaker Dr. Milillo Gives Talk on Environmental Health

Tammy M. Milillo, Ph.D, Research Scientist, Dept.of Epidemiology & Public Health, Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Buffalo was the guest speaker at the luncheon meeting of the Kenmore Lions Club on Tuesday September 21, 2021. Dr. Milillo spoke on the environmental health study for WNY involving the Tonawanda Coke Plant. She described the adverse health impact that "Particulate Matter" found in the air at the Coke Plant can have on the body. 13,000 people were enrolled in the study and have completed the first survey. Follow-up surveys will be conducted every 2 years to observe changes in community health. Thanks to Dr. Milillo for her time spent discussing this subject with our members.


2nd Annual Kenmore Lions Eyeglass Clinic a Success! 

Thanks to all our Lions and volunteers who worked so hard to make this such a successful event.

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District Attorney Flynn Gives Talk 

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn was the guest speaker at the luncheon meeting of the Kenmore Lions Club on September 7, 2021. DA Flynn gave an excellent overview of the responsibilities of the District Attorney office and how the different bureaus are set-up and interact in Erie County and the 37 towns and villages within the County. Bail Reform, Marijuana legalization, and Pre-Covid-19 and Post Covid-19 crime statistics were among the many topics that were also covered. The Kenmore Lions Club sends our sincere thanks to DA Flynn for taking the time to speak at our Club meeting.


a man gives a lion statuette to a womanLion Honored with Special Award

At the September 7, 2021 luncheon meeting of the Kenmore Lions Club, President Joe Shiah presented a hand-made wooden Lion statue to Membership Chairman Lion Gail Licata to thank her for her efforts in the establishment of The Kenmore Better Vision Lions Club. The Lion had 7 Lion Pins embedded to represent the seven original members of the new Branch Club.  


Picnic for the Sight Impaired

The Kenmore Lions Club held their annual Picnic for the Sight Impaired on Tuesday August 17, 2021. Many thanks to Lion Bev Grimes and her helpers Lion Jim Grimes and Lion Bonnie Haase for another excellent Picnic. Great food, great friends and a great time was had by all.

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a man holds a book about stampsLion Gives Presentation on Stamp Collecting
At the Kenmore Lions Club August 3, 2021 Luncheon Meeting, Lion David Crimmen gave an excellent presentation on stamps and stamp collecting. Lion David discussed his collection and brought several interesting examples. He reviewed the numerous stamps available for people to start collecting, such as birds, flowers, presidents and flags.
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