On June 28 at the Meadow Woods Manor in Randolph, the Chester Lions Club installed this year’s new board of directors to carry on the traditions of Lionism. But before any of that could be done, the long-standing tradition of returning the presidential bell to the current president had to be done. Mischievious members returned the bell this year at the installation dinner dressed as a baby. As president Bernd Anger passed the bell on to new president, Andrew Balysky, he instructed that Andrew guard the bell as if it were his own child … as the members have a traditional habit of stealing the bell away when presidents let down their guards.
President Balysky is a long standing member of the club who is an optometrist in Chester. Andy has been a dedicated member practicing daily the Lions credo of eyesight conservation. He will participate in the Lions signature event, The Chester Lions Oktoberfest, held this year on Sept. 29 and 30 at Chubb Park, in Chester. Joining Andy on the executive committee are Secretary Richard Lucy, of Plainsboro, and Treasurer Elizabeth Anger, of Chester.
During the awards ceremony Gerri LoSapio received the “MELVIN JONES FELLOW” award, the highest Achievement Award given by Lions International to a member for Dedicated Humanitarian Services. Elizabeth Anger and Joe Youngman received a second “PROGRESSIVE MELVIN JONES” award.
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