The Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions Club held its Christmas banquet on Dec. 17 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

President Earl Reabold gave the welcome. District Governor Scott Dudley was on hand as well as many past district governors and vice district governors. A clown, Dapper Dan and his wife Wilma, were invited in thanks for his entertaining at the summer picnic without charge.

Dan was grand marshal of the St. Patrick's Day parade in 1999.

Duane Hawk gave the invocation asking God to "watch over us."

The Lions' and Lionesses' toasts were given.

Reabold had a present for member Nancy Hertzog in gratitude for her willingness to help whenever there was printing to be done.

Joseph Hertzog was named Lion of the Year. He is vice president of the fair committee, head of shoots held by the club and puts up tents as well as helping with other things, Reabold said.

Richard Beers was to receive the Pennsylvania Foundation award from Dudley, but there was a conflict with a birthday party and he was not at the banquet.

The Pa. Foundation award is given to a Lion who contributes or has contributed in his name $500 to the Foundation.

William Ravert was given credit for bringing the cake.

Dudley and his wife Judy said they have been at Bowmanstown-Parryville so often it seems like a second home to them.

Judy Dudley said she was given a poem five years ago that was written by Robert Chamberlain about the Lions. It begins, "Hear the Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions roar," and ends with "They accept any challenge to help others."

It had been framed and given back to the club. "Your community would not be the same without you," she said.

Sandy (Hinkle), Andy and Friends entertained with a ventriloquism show. Sandy said her family moved to the Lehigh Valley from Rhode Island 10 years ago when her husband got a job with Perkins Restaurants where she occasionally performs for Kid's Night.

She said her grandma would have called Andy "fresh." Andy said they don't call us dummies any more because it is not politically correct. They are mannequin-Americans.

Ravert was asked to come to the front and help Andy sing. They sang "Supercalifragillisticexpialidocious" with Ravert singing "Super" whenever Andy pointed at him.

Minnie, a bright pink bird with a gigantic beak thought she was an eagle. Sandy said everything was wrong and she definitely wasn't an eagle, so Minnie laid an egg. Sandy said it looked like a football and Minnie said she told her she was an Eagle.

Sandy discussed age with Granny, who said, "When I was a child the Dead Sea was still alive."

But the puppets went on strike.

Sandy asked Joe Hertzog, Linda Swartz and Nancy Berger to help her out. They were dressed appropriately to be dummies and sang some children's folk songs.

Dudley said the Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions began in 1976 with 29 members. Three charter members continue as members. The club has 52 members with 17 having been awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship honor.

"It's always great to be here," said Dudley. He said there are two themes: "It's all about you" and "I believe" which combine to form "I believe it's all about you."

One verse of "Joy to the World" was sung.