Beltzville Lions Club has an official standing in Carbon County.

The club's charter was signed by Lions Clubs International on Tuesday, Sept. 20 and an official charter celebration will be held in December.

District 14U is the sponsoring organization of the new club.

"I am proud to welcome these men and women into Lions," said Joe Craig, president of the Beltzville Lions Club. "Carbon County will be proud to have such a find group serving their community."

Additional Beltzville Lions Club officers are, Bill Leslie, treasurer; Jim Logue, secretary, and Gail Maholick, membership chairman.

Lions Clubs identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. The Beltzville club plans to become involved with the Old Fashioned Hay Ride and Fall Fest to be held Oct. 23 at the Lehigh Canal at Weissport, and the Weissport Redneck Festival. It also plans to hold other activities to benefit the elderly and handicapped, provide support for needy children and recreational opportunities for youth.

Beltzville Lions Club will meet at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month. Presently the club is meeting at the home of Gail and Robert Maholick, 575 Main Road, Lehighton, in Franklin Township.

For more information or to get involved with the Beltzville Lions Club, contact Gail Maholick at (610) 377-5559 or (610) 533-9311 or email carey@ptd.net [1].

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with nearly 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions Clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.

For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at www.lionsclubs.org [2].