Canarsie Lions Club Celebrates 45th Anniversary
By Jim Haver
When Sandra Peppaceno was inducted as a member of the Canarsie Lions Club, she vividly remembered the words of District Governor June Nedd, advising her to latch onto that Lion spirit by volunteering to participate as a chairperson or as a committee member of the Club’s activities.
So, under the leadership of President John Comellas, she volunteered to take on the chairmanship of the Club’s 40th anniversary celebration in 1997. For over five months, she assiduously scooted here and there to successfully coordinate that gala,
Peppaceno’s first venture as a chairperson not only put a smile on Comellas’ face but the nominating committee knew what it was doing when she accepted the nomination as the next president. She was subsequently unanimously elected as the first woman president of the Canarsie Lions.
Last October, Josie Nover, sponsored by none other than Sandi Peppaceno, was also apprised, this time by PDG Keith Headley, that if she wanted to latch on to the true Lions spirit she had to be a student of volunteerism and be active in the Club’s activities. Nover immediately volunteered to chair the Club’s Christmas Party, her first success.
Perhaps, it was the praiseworthy comments from President Naomi Adams pertaining to the Christmas Party that prompted Josie to volunteer to chair the Club’s 45th Anniversary Party.
But she had immeasurable assistance from Adams, Peppaceno, Ann Durham, John and Hyacinth Blue, Josephine Bolus, and Lystra Moore Besson. As a result, the 45th Anniversary party oozed with that Lionistic spirit. The occasion included the presentation of the Melvin Jones Award, for special service to the Club, to a shocked President Naomi Adams.
In addition to the festivities, Secretary Jim Haver received the Club’s Robert J. Uplinger Plaque for years of dedicated service to the Club.