Lions District 14-U held its 14th Annual Fall Rally at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Building in Lehighton with over 125 Lions and friends in attendance.
An explanation of what the club does came in the form of presentations by two young people who have benefitted from Lions programs, including Felicia-Sue Anthony of Lehighton and Jared Sharpe of Tamaqua, who were introduced by District Governor Lizanne McElwee.
Anthony detailed the impact of going to Beacon Lodge for four years. Sight-impaired since birth, the 14-year-old Lehighton Area Middle School student was sponsored by Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club, Palmerton Lions Club, Bowmanstown-Parryville Club and Bethany Township Lions Club (District 14-K) to attend the camp. That camp, in Mt. Union, is supported by the Lions of District 14-U and Lions statewide.
Sharpe, Tamaqua High School Leo Club president and drum major for the school's marching band, was sent to Youth Leadership Camp, Camp Victory, in Millville, by his sponsoring club, West Penn Lions Club.
"Incredible," is how he described Camp Victory. "It brought to light what Lions do around the world."
The camp itself is incredible, said Sharpe, in how it serves "children who have a hard time," and how it reflects on the Lions.
The camp indeed "heavily supported by Lions" explained 14-U PDG Paul Moyer. "Lions have helped the camp grow considerably."
Both teens were appreciative of their experiences and thanked all involved.
Anthony spoke about all the activities that campers do while at camp and made a presentation of special photos to the Lehighton and Palmerton clubs and also to McElwee. The picture was of the two at Beacon Lodge, from when McElwee visited the camp.
What do Lions do?" was also underscored by a variety of awards presented to various members by Immediate Past District Governor Angie Mims.
A PA Fellow was awarded to Ron Sheehan for many years of service in accommodating Lion dignitaries who have come to the District, at the Asa Packer Mansion in particular.
Recognized for supporting her as zone or region chairs during her year as district governor, were Don McConnell, Larry Dagma, Alicia Silliman, Charles Zimmerman and Larry Williams.
PDG Bob Neumoyer was recognized for his leadership of the District Global Membership Team (GMT) and the two vice-district governors; McElwee and current 1st Vice District Governor Sharon Kimmel were recognized for their support. Each was given a Lion bobblehead.
PDG Paul Barth, who has chaired the District 14U Diabetes Committee for many years, one of the Lions' foci, and who now serves as mentor to the new chair, received a Certificate of Appreciation for the Lions and Lioness being a research partner from the American Diabetes Association.
Two clubs, Tobyhanna-Newfoundland and Pocono received the International Club Excellence Awards. The Milford, McAdoo, Tri-Valley and Penn Kidder received the District Club Excellence Awards. Such an honor includes excellence in service, contributions, membership, communication, leadership development and club development.
Lion Cynthia Kern, secretary of the Penn Kidder Club, was recognized for the excellence in her work.
The Hawks, Lisa and Duane, shared their instrumental and vocal talent, while Lion Maudie Becker served as song leader. Bob Silliman, Cabinet 14U Chaplain, gave the invocation and benediction.