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On Saturday, June 17, the Barker Lions installed the 2017-2018 officers.

The induction was conducted by Past District Governor Clancy Burkwit. Carl Stoloski was installed as President. He follows his sponsor, Chris Czelusta. When a Lion is inducted as a member, the sponsor promised to partner with the new member for a year and a day. As past president, Czelusta promised to take that tradition one more step and help the newly installed President for another year and a day. Other officers include: Vice Presidents Kent Wakefield, Tom Ware and Tim Leising. Board Members Scott Reiner, Phil Russell, John McDonald and Tami Carr; Secretary Matt Costello; Treasurer Jim Bittner; Lion Tamer Art Harris; Tail Twisters Lori Brounsheidel and Tim Leising; Membership Committee Scott Ecker, Bob Atwater and Fred Leuer.

Awards were given at the end of the evening. Outgoing President Chris Czelusta thanked the various members who took on responsibilities, including Tom Ware who helped with the Sight Testing; Art Harris who maintained the building; Past President Fran Costello who helped guide him; Tom Mallon who restored our chicken barbecue pit; and numerous other members. The President’s Service award went to Partner in Service Juli Wilson who organizes Lions Night at the Ransomville Races , helps at many chicken barbecues and other event. Lion of the Year went to Tim Leising. Czelusta listed the number of times he asked for help and Leising jumped in. The Distinguished Service Award when to Assistant Secretary Margo Sue Bittner. Czelusta cited her efforts at getting the club publicity, leading the Murder Mystery Dinner fundraiser, finding speakers, doing the internal newsletter and finding speakers for the meetings. Finally, Czelusta was awarded with a Past President’s Plaque recognizing his leadership throughout the past year.

Barker Lions Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 PM, each meeting includes dinner and speaker. Their next meeting will be in September. For more information about Barker Lions and its projects, go to www.BarkerLions.org. To become involved in one of our projects, to speak at a meeting or to be a guest at a meeting, call 778-7001 or email Roar@BarkerLions.org.

Outgoing President Chris Czelusta accepts his Plaque from Incoming
Photo: Outgoing President Chris Czelusta accepts his Plaque from Incoming
President Carl Stoloski

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Barker Lions Learn about the Olmstead Center for Sight

The recent Murder Mystery Dinner held by the Barker, Newfane and Wilson Lions was a fundraiser for the Olmstead Center for Sight. In 1925, Lions were asked by Helen Keller to be her “Knights of the Blind” and have supported services for the sight challenged ever since.

At the June meeting, representatives from the Center spoke to the Lions about their services. Renee Diflavio works for the center. Ray Zylinski used their services as a child and is now a trainer at the Center. They described the various services the Olmstead Center provides. Trainers will go to the home to help those who need help.

These services are available for all ages: families with blind infants and children through adults going through life’s changes. They also have a preschool program. For teenagers and adults, there are independent living courses and job training. DiFlavio also described some of the employment opportunities at the Center and joint programs with the Statler. Some of the programs they described included computer training and phone services. At the Center they also make American Flags and other banners. The sight impaired are trained to use the appropriate machines. After the presentation, Barker Lions presented a check with the proceeds for the dinner.

Ray Zylinski and Renee Diflavio from the Olmstead center accept a check from Barker Lions Club President Chris Czelusta.
Photo: Ray Zylinski and Renee Diflavio from the Olmstead center
accept a check from Barker Lions Club President Chris Czelusta.

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Barker Lions 60 Year Member

At the Wednesday meeting of the Barker Lions Club, Edmund Eggert was recognized for being a member since 1957. Eddy served in many roles, including President and Song Leader. Past President Richard Weeks was recognized for being a 30 year member.

The speaker that evening was Mike Tyrpak. He spoke on the need for financial planning. After handing out packets, he suggested the members fill in the worksheets to start a family conversation.

Photo: Edmund Eggert and Barker Lions President Chris Czelusta
Photo: Edmund Eggert and Barker Lions President Chris Czelusta

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Barker Lions Share meeting with Lockport Lions

Barker Lions hosted the Lockport Lions at their April meeting. Zone Chair and Lockport Lion President Tony Weigand was the speaker. After introducing themselves, club members had the opportunity to learn about the projects and community service each club does in their respective communities.

Lion Tony owns Niagara’s First Impressions. He opened his presentation with a brief Zone Chair report, then talked about his business. After telling about the business in general, he explained the various options for shirts and jackets. He had various samples of embroidery and also explained that his is a Tuxedo Junction representative.

Lockport Lion President Tony Weigand and Barker President Chris Czelusta
Photo: Lockport Lion President Tony Weigand and Barker Lions President Chris Czelusta

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Barker Boy Scout Troop 26 visited the Barker Lions at their recent meeting. The Lions Club has sponsored the troop for many years. Recently, the two groups had worked together on an Adopt-a-Highway project.

During the meeting, the scouts present shared the projects they enjoyed and the goals they hope to accomplish. Scout Master Dan Heidemann gave a history of the troop and plans for the future. He told about the recent camping trip and the number of parents who are currently involved. After explaining the merit badge system, he praised the young men for their hard work to accomplish so many different facets of scouting. Senior Patrol Leader Joseph Cantella related the activities and fun the group has.

Joseph Cantella addresses the Barker Lions
Photo: Joseph Cantella addresses the Barker Lions

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Barker Lions Recognize Virginia Anderson.

For the last 30 years, Lions Clubs around the world have proudly sponsored the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for students ages 11-13 encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. Locally, the Barker Lions club solicits entries for students in Barker Middle School.

This year Virginia Anderson was selected as this year’s winner. Hers was one of over 20 entries. “Judging was challenging,” said Barker Lions Club Secretary Matthew Costello. “We put all the entries out at our regular meeting and the members looked them over. There were so many great interpretations of the theme.” After the votes were tallied, Ms. Anderson’s artwork was selected to go onto the District competition.

To recognize her achievement, the Barker Lions Club presented her with an art kit. Recently, Lion Costello was joined by Principal Bradley Pritchard and Art Teacher Melissa Phillips to congratulate Virginia on her achievement.

John Davis speaks to Barker Lions about the Civil War
Photo: Lion Matthew Costello, Principal Bradley Pritchard, Virginia Anderson and Art Teacher Melissa Phillips

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John Davis speaks to Barker Lions about the Civil War.

Local Civil War Re-enactor John Davis spoke to the Barker Lions at their February 2017 meeting. Starting with a timeline of nineteenth century events, he told of the various battles and generals. Davis explained the differences between the various rifles he brought. He also had various medical devices that were used in the era. The Lions also heard about his experiences filmed the movie “Gettysburg.”

John Davis speaks to Barker Lions about the Civil War
Photo: John Davis speaks to Barker Lions about the Civil War

Current Lions Club projects include planning a Pancake Breakfast jointly with the Barker Music Boosters on Sunday, March 5. It will be held at the Barker Fire hall. Also, there will be a Murder Mystery Dinner on April 29 at 7 PM. It will also be held at the Barker Fire Hall. Proceeds from that will benefit the Olmstead Eye Center in Buffalo.

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Theresa McCabe, Public Health Educator addresses Barker Lions.

The January 2017 Barker Lions meeting was held at Gordie Harper’s Bazaar. 25 members and partners in service were present, including host Gordie Harper.

Theresa McCabe explained the Healthy Neighborhoods Program. This state funded grant program is aimed at prevention for six areas of concern. Those are fire prevention, air quality, tobacco use, carbon monoxide poisoning, led poisoning and prevention of injuries. Technicians from the program visit residences in various communities to do an assessment. Then, they provide free assistance based on what they found. These could include smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, furnace filters, even proper cleaning supplies if lead is found. For other issues such as furnace problems, electrical issues and repair problems, they can help contact the proper people to have that done. McCabe stressed that the inspections and materials are all free. Currently they are in Barker, Middleport, Wilson, Olcott and Newfane. A number of club members were familiar with the program and highly recommend it.

Theresa McCabe receives a Lion from Barker President Chris Czelusta
Photo: Theresa McCabe receives a Lion from Barker President Chris Czelusta

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Barker Lions induct member and recognize long time members.

December 2016: The Barker Lions Club held their annual Holiday Party in place of their regular meeting. 30 Members and partners in service gather to celebrate the holiday together.

As part of the celebration, Lion Phillip Russell was inducted. Past Zone Chair Janet Walker did the honors, relating the history of Lions International and the 59 year history of the Barker Lions Club. Lion Phil received his pin from his sponsor, Lion Margo Sue Bittner. Because this is Lions Club International’s Centennial Year, his pin has that designation. In addition, Lion Margo received a pin and certificate for promoting Lions during this Centennial Year.

Janet Walker, Sponsor Margo Sue Bittner and New Member Philip Russell during the ceremony
Photo: Janet Walker, Sponsor Margo Sue Bittner and New Member Philip Russell during the ceremony

In addition, two Lions were recognized for being members of the club for 25 years. Lions Dale Corwin and Art Harris received letters of recognition and chevrons. Lion Dale said, “This club meant so much to my father Dick Corwin. I am happy to continue his legacy by participating in this club. I especially enjoy the chicken barbecues and the camaraderie during those events.” Lion Art is a past president of the club and is currently Lion Tamer. With a big grin, he explained “We’re helping people who need it. Our motto is We Serve. That’s what this club does.”

25 year members Art Harris and Dale Corwin
Photo: 25 year members Art Harris and Dale Corwin

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Barker Lions Install Lift

Barker Lions Blind Seals Campaign
Photo: The Barker Lions celebrate the installation of a chair lift
at for a happy homeowner.

The Barker Lions club has found new ways to aid those with challenges in our
community.  Starting with Lions Club International’s charge as Helen Keller’s
Knights of the Blind, the local club collected used eye glasses for years.
That was expanded to  hearing aids. Today, the Barker Lions have a full
lending closet for those with various challenges.

Recently, the members of the club installed two chair lifts to aid local
residents with access to their homes.  Throughout the Barker community are a
number of wheelchair ramps and chair lifts like the one pictured today.

To aid in this mission, the Barker Lions accept donations of wheelchairs and
lift chairs.  Their lending closet has various other mobility aids for those
who need them.  If you have items you would like to donate to the closet,
email Roar@BarkerLions.org or call 772-7369.  For those in the Barker School
District in need of assistance, please contact the Lions either of these two ways.

Meeting on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 PM, each meeting includes
dinner and speaker. For more information about Barker Lions and its projects,
go to www.BarkerLions.org. To become involved in one of our projects, to speak
at a meeting or to be a guest at a meeting, call 778-7001 or email
Roar@BarkerLions.org.

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Barker Lions Hold Blind Seals Campaign

Barker Lions Blind Seals Campaign
Photo: President Chris Czelusta, Past President Dick Weeks and Board Member John McDonald prepare the mailings.

At the November 2, 2016 Barker Lions Club meeting, the members and partners-in-serve stuffed envelopes for its annual Blind Seals Campaign. The funds raised are used to provide those in the community who need, but cannot afford, glasses and hearing aids.

When asked why he is a Lion, Current Club President Chris Czelusta said, “Lions Motto is We Serve. Our club members help the community with so many projects while having fun. Between the members’ various careers and interests and the numerous speakers at our meeting, we are always learning something. The camaraderie is wonderful. At last night’s meeting so many of our partners-in-serve came that it was almost a party.”

The other current officers of the Barker Lions are Vice Presidents Sarah Jenks, Tom Ware and Carl Stoloski, Secretary Matt Costello and Treasurer Jim Bittner.

We invite the members of our community to join us by volunteering for one of our projects, visiting or speaking at one of our meetings, making a donation and asking about membership. For more information about our activities, please check our website, www.BarkerLions.org or email Roar@BarkerLions.org.

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Barker Lions learn about Music Boosters

Nancy Pettinger and Maria Cantella from the Barker Music Boosters were the speakers at the last meeting of the Barker Lions. For eight years, the Music Boosters and Lions Club have partnered for a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser the first Sunday of March. After giving a history of the organization, the speakers explained where the funds went.

First of all, there is a scholarship fund. Seniors who are heading to college can apply for a music scholarship. They don’t have to be music majors, but rather participants in some aspect of the music program, either chorus or band. Other funds were used for band dress clothes. For the younger students, the boosters provide cummerbunds and bow ties. For the older students, dress shirts, tuxedo pants or black skirts are also provided.

At the pancake breakfast, students from the various musical groups perform. If it is near the school musical time, some of those songs are performed as well. This year’s pancake breakfast will be March 5.

Lion District Governor John Haak receives a gift from Barker
Photo: Barker Music Boosters Secretary Maria Cantella and President Nancy Pettinger with Barker Lions President Chris Czelusta

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Barker Lions Kick off Year with District Governor’s Visit

The Barker Lions Club held their opening meeting on September 7, 2016. Guest Speaker was District Governor John Haak. Introduced by Zone Chair Tom Watt, DG John started with the International resident’s goals, then his own. On a global level, Lions continue to have four areas of concern: Vision, Youth, Environment and Hunger. Created as Helen Keller’s Knights of the Blind, aiding those with visual challenges is at the heart of the organization. Promoting youth involvement in the community is another goal. A few years ago, Lions had a goal of planting a million trees. Fostering that sense of
preserving the environment is another core value. Doing what we can to alleviate hunger is the fourth pillar of the International goals.

Lion District Governor John Haak receives a gift from Barker
Photo: Lion District Governor John Haak receives a gift from Barker
President Chris Czelusta

District Governor John wore a button with a stop sign on it. His theme for the year is Stop and Ask. Are there those in our communities who need help? Stop and ask. Are some club programs doing well? Stop and ask. Are there activities that need a boost? Stop and ask. He also explained that as he visits clubs, he would like us to remember that Lions Clubs have four ships. Membership is important. Keeping members excited and bringing in new members keeps us growing. Leadership is the opportunity every member has to grow in a new direction. Partnership is important. Can our club partner with other clubs or organizations to accomplish a goal we cannot do alone? Fellowship makes it all fun. If we are having fun, the club stays vibrant.

He also pointed out that this is the Centennial year for Lions International. Each club is being asked to do a project to celebrate. DG John suggested a legacy project, something that would last into the future such as a park, playground. Barker Lions will be doing a partnership program with Newfane and
Wilson Lions. This spring, they will hold a murder mystery dinner fundraiser for the Olmstead Eye Center.

Following his presentation, Barker Lions President Chris Czelusta explained two of his goals for the year. He would like to see visitors at our dinner meetings. To encourage that, he will purchase dinner for any Barker Lion who brings a guest. Secondly, he created a cabinet of advisors. When a situation
arises that he needs advise, he’d like to depend on four Lions to help. Lion Chris put the names of past presidents of the club in a hat and drew four. Fran Costello, Art Harris, Mike Feltz and Kent Wakefield all agreed to be the inaugural cabinet.

For more information about Barker Lions and its projects, go to www.BarkerLions.org. To become involved in one of our projects, to speak at a meeting or to be a guest at a meeting, call 778-7001 or email Roar@BarkerLions.org.

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 Barker Lions Learn about Camp Abilities

At the Wednesday, June 1, 2016 meeting of the Barker Lions, club members heard from Stephanie Kassay about Camp Abilities. Because Helen Keller asked Lions International to be her Knights of the Blind, the club wanted to learn about a program that aided students with visual challenges. Using both video and Powerpoint presentations, Stephanie gave the history of this week long camp. Started at Brockport, she explained that Camp Abilities Brockport is a one-week educational sports camp for children and teens who are blind, visually impaired, and deafblind. The camp is set up to provide a one-on-one instructional situation for each person, which is often on the contrary to other camps designed for people with visual impairments. Brockport was the first place to hold the camp, which has now spread throughout the country

Incoming Olcott Lions President Scott Kassay, Barker Lions
Photo: Incoming Olcott Lions President Scott Kassay, Barker Lions President Fran Costello and Stephanie Kassay. Mrs. Costello is presenting the donation check for Camp Abilities.

Quoting the website, she went on to say that our counselors are pooled from physical education and special education undergraduate and graduate programs across the U.S., and overseas. Since our first summer we have had more than 90 counselors per summer, and we have trained more than 1,000 future teachers in the area of sport and recreation for children with sensory impairments. Many of our specialists are blind themselves, and serve as excellent role models for our children, some of whom have never met or socially interacted with another person who is blind.

She also explained many simple ways that outdoor playtime and school physical education classes can be adapted to accommodate these students. Following the presentation, the Barker Lions presented her with a check to benefit the program.

Members of the Olcott Lions Club were also present. Often, clubs will do joint meetings to learn about each other’s projects, share ideas and meet new friends. Olcott Club Past President Dr. Duane Snyder updated the group for their donation for his Tour de Cure ride. He explained that he would be riding with other Lions. Barker Lions also participate in that event by hosting a rest stop at the Barker Fire Hall.

Meeting on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 PM, each meeting includes dinner and speaker. For more information about Barker Lions and its projects, go to www.BarkerLions.org. To become involved in one of our projects, to speak at a meeting or to be a guest at a meeting, call 778-7001 or email Roar@BarkerLions.org

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Barker Brewing visits the Barker Lions

At the Wednesday, April 6, 2016 meeting of the Barker Lions, Erin and Greg Goodlander from Barker Brewing spoke. They told about their business and how it started. In addition, they brought three of their beers for the members to taste.

“As members of the Barker Community, we enjoy learning about the locally owned family businesses,” President Fran Costello said. “Some of our members had visited Barker Brewing, but not all. We appreciate learning the story behind this new establishment.”


Erin and Greg Goodlander from Barker Brewing with Lions President Fran Costello

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Barker Lions and Boy Scouts meet 

Barker Boy Scout Troop 26 visited the Barker Lions at their recent meeting. The Lions Club has sponsored the troop for many years. Recently, the two groups had worked together on an Adopt-a-Highway project.

During the meeting, the scouts present shared the projects they enjoyed and the goals they hope to accomplish. Scout Master Dan Heidemann gave a history of the troop and plans for the future. After a short lull, the number of cub scouts has increase so the future of the troop is bright. He pointed out the number of meetings held at the Lions building for the various groups.

Scout Master Dan Heidemann and Lions President Fran Costello
Scout Master Dan Heidemann and Lions President Fran Costello

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Barker Lions Learn about Macular Degeneration

At the Wednesday, February 3, 2016 meeting of the Barker Lions, club members heard from Dr. Elizabeth Hetrick about Macular Degeneration. Because Helen Keller asked Lions International to be her Knights of the Blind, the club has an annual program on sight.

Dr. Elizabeth Hetrick receives her Lion from President Fran Costello.
Dr. Elizabeth Hetrick receives her Lion from President Fran Costello.

Dr. Elizabeth Hetrick, a Barker native, joined the Davison Road Optical team
in 2013. Amazed at how clearly everyone else saw the world after putting on
her first pair of glasses in the fifth grade, she resolved to help others
experience clarity in their vision. She attended SUNY Geneseo where she earned
her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. To further pursue her resolution
with great energy and enthusiasm, she attended SUNY College of Optometry.
While there, her externship training included rotations through clinics
specializing in contact lenses, pediatrics, vision therapy, and ocular disease.

Her presentation included signs of having Macular Degeneration, how the
disease progresses and what to do after diagnosis. The questions after the
presentation ranged from how often she sees patients with the disease,
clarification on the research and vitamin recommendations, and use of the grid
as follow-up. Members commented on how organized and clear her presentation
was. “She included a lot of information in a short time. It helped to
reinforce our mission to protect sight for ourselves and those around us,”
said Lions Club President Fran Costello.

Members of the Wilson Lions Club were also present. Often, clubs will do joint
meetings to learn about each other’s projects, share ideas and meet new
friends. Wilson Club President Steve Smith thanked Barker for inviting him
back. He reminded them that he was their guest speaker on the topic of
astronomy. He then shared the Wilson’s club current projects and hopes to
share more meetings like this.

Wilson Lions Club President Steve Smith updates the Barker Lions
Wilson Lions Club President Steve Smith updates the Barker Lions

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On January 6, 2016 the Barker Lions hosted District Governor Nancy Luckman.

Lion District Governor receives a gift basket from Barker Lion President Fran Costello
Photo: Lion District Governor receives a gift basket from Barker Lion President Fran Costello.

In addition to updating the club about activities in our district, Lion Nancy presented various awards. The club was recognized with a patch for participating in various projects.

A number of Lions were recognized for long term membership. Roger Klatt received his 15 year chevron and Dan Mace has been a member for 20 ears. Receiving 25 year chevrons were Scott Ecker, Kent Wakefield, Gary Few and Jim Bittner. Bob Atwater has been a member since 1971 and so was recognized for 45 years of membership.

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Barker Lions hear about Academy of Finance - October, 2015

At a recent meeting of the Barker Lions Club, an advisor and students from Barker Central Schools Academy of Finance presented their program. Susan Carestia presented the history of the program. She also described the course requirements. Each of the students presented their impressions of the program, described their internships and told of their future plans.


Photo: Lion President Fran Costello, advisor Susan Carestia and students from Barker Central Schools Academy of Finance.

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Barker Lions Kick Off Year - September 2, 2015


Photo: Barker Lions Past President Kevin Bittner and Newly installed President Fran Costello.

On September 2, the Barker Lions held their first meeting of the year. They started with a field trip to Chaffee Dairy Farm. The tour began at 6:30, followed by dinner at the Lions Community Building at 7:30.

Members of the club met at Chaffee Dairy Farm and were hosted by owners Dudley Chaffee and Scott Buffin. As they explained the various activities on the farm, members observed the entire process. Cows were milked, the milk was picked up, cows were fed. Following the dinner at the Lions Community building, both owners answered questions about the operation and dairy farming in general.

Scott Buffin and Dudley Chaffee from Chaffee Dairy Farm with
Photo: Scott Buffin and Dudley Chaffee from Chaffee Dairy Farm with Lion President Fran Costello.

Lion President Fran Costello is excited about the new year. “Our members have as much enthusiasm as did the founding members 70 years ago. For our educational component, we’ll be having speakers from various organizations at our monthly meetings. We have many service projects, including the Halloween party for elementary school students we’ve held since our founding and working with the Barker Food Pantry especially around holiday time. Our lending closet has a variety of wheelchairs, walkers and other items to help those with challenges.”

In 1927, Lions International was asked to be Helen Keller’s Knights of the Blind. The Barker Lions continues this charge by providing glasses and hearing aids for those in our community who may not be able to afford them. They also support the Radio Reading Service and other local charities. For more information about Barker Lions and its projects, check the website. To become involved in a project or to be our guest at a meeting, call 778-7001 or email Roar@BarkerLions.org.

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Barker Lions Recognize Community Organization with the Uplinger Award

presentation of the Robert J. Uplinger Award
Photo: Lion Past President Kevin Bittner, Food Pantry Representative Steven Haight and Lion Tom Witkowski sharing the presentation of the Robert J. Uplinger Award.

At the July 25 Officer installation meeting of the Barker Lions, Lion Tom Witkowski from Grand Island presented the Barker Food Pantry with the Robert J. Uplinger Award. Established in 1993, the award honors outstanding Lions and non-Lions or organizations who perform exemplary service to a Club, district, or community. These honorees possess the highest examples of Lionistic character, ideals, purpose, and service. The award cannot be purchased by an individual - it must be presented as a recognition of the recipient's service.

Steven Haight represented the Food Pantry. He thanked the Lions for their help over the years, then went on to tell the group how many families the pantry is currently helping. One more recent addition is a clothing closet. The Barker Food Pantry is housed at Faith United Methodist Church. Donations for the Pantry and Clothing Closet are always welcome.

Newly installed President Fran Costello pointed out that “The Barker Lions are proud to help this vital service to our community. Lions motto is ‘We Serve’ and this is one way we can help our community overcome some of its challenges.”

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At the January 21 2015 meeting, District Governor Mike received a bottle of wine personalized with his picture!

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Barker Lions Hold Blind Seals Campaign

Barker Lions Blind Seals Campaign
Photo: Barker Lions President Kevin Bittner, Secretary Matt Costello and Vice President Fran Costello work on stuffing envelopes for the Barker Lions Blind Seals Campaign.

In 1927, Helen Keller came to the Lions International Convention and said, “The Opportunity I bring you, Lions is this: To foster and sponsor the work of the American Foundation of the Blind. Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught; no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you, Lions, you who have your
sight, your hearing; you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness? I thank you.”

Since that time, Lions have sought to aid those who need. Barker Lions are proud to continue this work. During the past year, Barker Lions have aided members of our community by providing hearing aids, eye exams and glasses for those who cannot afford them. The group also built ramps at homes for those with physical challenges.

In addition, the Club sponsored scholarships for graduating seniors who volunteered in our community, held a Halloween party for elementary school students, sponsored a Boy Scout troop and Little League team. Lions could also be found volunteering at the local food pantry, Tour de Cure, and at the Barker Homecoming Parade.

Our outreach into the community includes holding Pancake Breakfasts and Chicken Barbecues. The Club often partners with another organization such as the Barker Music Boosters or Foreign Language Club to aid their fundraising activities.

When asked why he is a Lion, Current Club President Kevin Bittner said, “My father is a Lions Club member. From a young age, he brought me to the various events and projects to help out. I enjoyed meeting new people and helping with the Holiday Baskets, Chicken Barbecues and building ramps. As soon as I was old enough I joined the club. Since then, I’ve enjoyed those projects and I’ve met some dynamic people from our community. This club is blend of people
from all walks of life who want to do what they can to help others. But don’t think our club is all work. We have fun together, we have interesting speakers at our meeting, and we travel to many conferences and meetings. This is actually my second time as President. How many organizations have people willing to lead it twice?”

The other current officers of the Barker Lions are Vice Presidents Fran Costello and Carl Stoloski, Secretary Matt Costello and Treasurer Jim Bittner.

We invite the members of our community to join us by volunteering for one of our projects, visiting or speaking at one of our meetings, making a donation and asking about membership. For more information about our activities, please check our website, www.BarkerLions.org or email Roar@BarkerLions.org.

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Our 1st Lions shoot was a great success thanks to Lion John McDonald & all his hard work. Thanks also for the great article in the Lockport paper.

From the DISTRICT GOVERNOR’S NIAGARA FRONTIER NEWSLETTER:
Barker Lions Club Hosts First Annual Zone Shooting Event At North Forest Rod & Gun Club

The BARKER LIONS C LUB, in a first time effort to reach out to other Lions in this part of the State, hosted a friendly, social competition they have dubbed “The 20N Lion’s Sportsman’s Challenge” to be held once a year at neutral sporting clubs. The contest consisted of 100 clay targets total in three events: Skeet; Trap and Sporting Clays. The winning club with the highest total for their five-man team collects the beautiful cup to possess for the ensuing year. Additional awards are given for Top Gun in each event as well as a great trophy for Top Individual performance.

This initial event consisted of four teams of five from Lions Clubs in Barker, Newfane, Town of Niagara and Gasport. This first event enjoyed a beautiful summer day and the help at North Forest Rod & Gun Club did everything they could to insure that the competition went off without any problems. Pop, water burgers,hot dogs,salads and beans were provided to the competitors and the camaraderie experienced was enjoyed by all who participated.

Most of the hardware this year was taken by the Newfane Lions as they not only took home the Cup but their ace shooter, Doug Thompson, an actual local shooting celebrity, garnered the Trap, Sporting Clays and Top Gun Overall trophies. Paul Barnas broke his string however, snagging the Skeet trophy.

As are already underway for next year’s competition which most likely will be held in the late fall or early winter just to shake things up. The whole event was more about the social aspect rather than the competition and all participants enjoyed meeting and interacting with the various clubs we seldom see. Events such as this will go far in changing all that and promote cooperation among the various clubs in the zone.

Doug Thompson giving tips and needed instruction to Barker shooters Tina Roberts and Rich Burley.Any other Lions Clubs in zone 20N or other areas who might wish to participate in next year’s event please contact Lion John McDonald at 716-795-3402 or e-mail drhorace- power@gmail.com

Photo: Newfane's ace shooter and local shooting celebrity, Doug Thompson (Current NYS NSCA Champion in Sporting Clays) giving tips and needed instruction to Barker shooters Tina Roberts and Rich Burley.

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Welcome to our new members Tami Carr and Robin Carr! If you know of anyone interested in joining our Lions Club, please invite that person to a meeting.

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Lion's Club meetingAt a recent meeting of the Barker Lions Club, District Governor Dan Dunn installed three new members. Lion John MacDonald sponsored Tom Ware and Past President Lion Scott Ecker sponsored Amos Andrews and Tim Leising.

As part of Lions International, the local club supports the mission of being Helen Keller's Knights of the Blind. The club provides glasses and hearing aids for those residing in the Barker School District boundaries who cannot afford them. There is a lending closet of ramps and other medical equipment available for free. They sponsor the local Boy Scout Troop and provide funding for the Barker Food Pantry, Buffalo Radio Reading Service and other organizations.

Their fundraising activities include Pancake Breakfasts, Chicken Barbecues and other events. Monthly dinner meetings include an educational program. The group also gathers socially in their club house for game nights, potluck meals and other fun.

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Eddie Eggert

 

Here's a photo of our most experienced member (1948) Eddie Eggert Leading "We've got that Lion's Spirit"

 

   

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