Lions Club Awards and Recognitions
The Lions International Foundation (LCIF) has designated the Olcott Lions as a "Model Club."
The Lions International Foundation (LCIF) has designated the Olcott Lions as a 'Model Club' for their extraordinary commitment to Lionism and their contributions to the Sight First campaign and Melvin Jones Fellowship program
Lions Mike Rann and Bob Guido were honored for their efforts to guide construction of the popular 'Mike Rann Lions Pavilion in Olcott's Krull Park. Lions Swim for Sight Chair, Bill Clark (l) and Past President Andy Sweeney (r) are shown congratulating Guido and Rann (center).
Bill Rosenberg (center), Lions Past President and Vice-President has served for many years as a member of the organizing team for the Dr. Dy Memorial Golf Tournament, the long-running and successful annual fundraiser for Eastern Niagara Hospital. Recognizing Bill's valuable work are Lion Anthony Cicciarelli (l) and Past President Andy Sweeney (r).
Lions 20-N District Governor John Shaffer presented Lions service recognition pins to four Olcott Lions; from left, Bill Clark (20 years), Ed Falsetti (56 years), DG Shaffer, Bill Rosenberg (15 years) and Lions Zone Chair Paul Conrad of Newfane. Not pictured is Lion Mike Rann (25 years).
Lions Past-President Bob Guido (l) and long-time Treasurer Joe Santasiero (r) are honored for their many years of service to Lions and the community by Past President Gordon Johnston (c).
Two members of the Olcott Lions Club have been awarded Melvin Jones Fellowships, the highest form of recognition granted by the Lions Clubs International.
From left: Lion Bill Clark, President Lion Andrew Sweeney, Lion Edward Falsetti
The honors were recently presented to Lions Edward Falsetti and William Clark by Andrew Sweeney, President of the Olcott Lions Club. Melvin Jones Fellowship awards were established by the Lions Club International Foundation to acknowledge an individual’s dedication to humanitarian service.
Ed Falsetti has been a Lions Club member for more than 50 years, beginning his association with the Lions in 1956 as a charter member of the Grand Island Lions Club, where he held several positions including president. He was also with the Lockport Lions before joining the Olcott Lions in 1982. He has served as secretary, past president, and is currently on the Board of Directors and edits the Olcott Lions newsletter.
Bill Clark’s hallmark achievement has been his many years of work as Chairman of the Polar Bear 'Swim for Sight', held the first Sunday of March each year. His dedicated work has been a tremendous boost to Lions efforts to improve the Olcott community and support worldwide humanitarian programs sponsored by the Lions Club International Foundation.
President Sweeney noted that both individuals have dedicated years of service to the community and their commitment to the humanitarian objectives of Lions Clubs around the world is testimony to the Lions motto - 'We Serve'.