District Governor Honors Two Local Lions with Prestigious Awards
On December 1, 2020 District Governor Rick Battaglia made his "visit" to the Kenmore Lions Club via Zoom. DG Rick gave a very interesting talk on "Reimagining Lions as we enter into our 2nd. Century of Service." He discussed membership - both new and retention, and branch Clubs. The Club was honored to have our Distinct Governor present 2 prestigious awards to our members as well as several service chevrons.
Lion James Cornwell was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award and Lion Joe Argenio was awarded the Robert J. Uplinger Service Award. Lion James Cornwell is the Club Sight Conservation Chair and is responsible for 29 used eyeglass collection boxes in our service area. These collections made possible the reclaiming of 300 frames used at the recent Eyeglass Clinic that resulted in providing free eyeglasses to 37 members of our community. Lion Joe Argenio has served as past president as well as serving as chairman of the annual Chicken BBQ, Peace Poster Contest, Essay Contest, Board of Directors, and numerous standing committees. The Club was honored to have District Governor Rick and his escorts PCC Lion Sharon Battaglia and CS Lion Barry Scott at our "meeting."


Free Eyeglass Clinic Held for Community

collage of photos from the eyeglass screening event

The Kenmore Lions Club completed their first ever Free Eyeglass Clinic at the Parkside Community Center on Saturday October 17, 2020. Eyeglass screening was performed by Dr. Mark Gordon. Jack Sheperd and Janet Acara, two local opticians, took all the necessary measurements for prescription eyeglasses. More than three hundred eyeglass frames were available for personal selection and the eyeglasses will be made to order. A total of 34 prescriptions were issued, 8 of which were for children under 18 years of age. This is expected to be an annual event. 


Scholarship Award Winner Announced

The Kenmore Lions Club Scholarship Project chairman Lion Don Kossuth announced that Claire Bressette is the 2020 winner of the annual scholarship award. This award is the first of 4 annual awards to assist in the winner's college education. Claire is a 2020 graduate of Mt. St. Mary Academy. She is active in rugby, track, band (sax player) and will attend Geneseo to study psychology in the hopes of a career in social work. The past winners also received their annual awards: 2019 Capriana Romanini, 2018 Ryan Glab, and 2017 Caitlin Tracy. Lion Don thanks his committee for their assistance: Lions Eileen Kirchgraber, Gail Licata, and Bahry Cohen.

2020: Claire Bressette 2019: Capriana Romanini 2018: Ryan Glab 2017: Caitlin Tracy


Lions Deliver Respite to Frontline Health Professionals

Despite limitations posed by the coronavirus pandemic, local Lions clubs are still serving their communities. On May 1 2020, Lions club members from the Kenmore Lions, Sheridan Drive Lions, Tonawandas Erie Canal Gateway Lions, and North Buffalo Community Lions, provided “respite” meal deliveries at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. In addition a comfort care bag was also provided. Each comfort care bag contains items identified as needed by our front lines: a deodorant, tissue pack, lip balm, pen, Lions mints, mask extender, hand lotion, granola bars, and a thank you note in a zippered plastic reusable travel bag. The intent of the meals, delivered to front line health professionals caring for COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit, is to provide a gesture of thanks and moment away from the stress of caring for the large numbers of these extremely ill patients. Cost of the meals was covered through a grant awarded by the Lions Clubs International Foundation.

Lions with Kelsey Redmann


Guest Speaker at Kenmore Lions Club

Kelsey Redmann, the Community Program Coordinator for the Better Business Bureau, was the guest speaker at the luncheon meeting of the Kenmore Lions Club on March 3, 2020.  Ms. Redmann gave an excellent presentation on "Protecting Seniors from Scams." The presentation covered recognizing scams, protecting identity, robo calls, fake charities, and being wise consumers. She outlined the 10 most useful tips to avoid scams and distributed a booklet outlining al these topics. Ms. Redmann conducted a question and answer session after her presentation.  

Lions with Kelsey Redmann

President Lion Joe Shiah, Kelsey Redmann, and Program Chair Lion Gail Licata

Annual Pancake Breakfast a Success

Hard working Kenmore Lions, with the help of an outstanding crew of helpers, hosted their 23rd annual Pancake Breakfast on March 1, 2019. The event was a success - good food and great basket raffle, Wagon of Spirits Raffle, and special chocolate raffle was enjoyed by all. Proceeds will benefit the Ken-Ton Community Projects. 


Lions Club crew Lions club crew Eileen and Bev