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Lions celebrate long-standing service to B’ville

— On June 25, the Baldwinsville Lions Club celebrated its 64th anniversary of service to the Baldwinsville community at the Ritter Community House in Community Park.

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Lions Camp Hickory President Jack Osinski, left, accepts a $1,000 donation from Baldwinsville Lions President Jean LePorte at the Ritter Community House in Community Park.

As part of the celebration, outgoing Lions President Jeanne LePorte and Lion Ron Schmidt were named recipients of the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service award in recognition of their efforts on behalf of the Baldwinsville Lions Club by Past International Director Robert Seibert. In addition, incoming Lion President Jamie Putnam was formally inducted to his new position and said he is looking forward to the opportunities the organization has to continue providing services and financial assistance to organizations such as Lions Camp Hickory and others.

During the 2011-12 Lions year, Baldwinsville Lions purchased 12 pairs of eyeglasses for children who needed them but could not afford them, provided a $500 Scholarship to a Baldwinsville graduating senior who is continuing his studies at college, and provided more than $1,000 in financial support to area organizations.

The Baldwinsville Lions also provide use and maintenance of the Community House for use by Lions Camp Hickory, the first and only day camp in Onondaga County for children with Diabetes. Founded by members of the Baldwinsville Lions Club, the camp continues to operate successfully thanks to help from many local Lions. The Baldwinsville Lions also donated $1,000 to Lions Camp Hickory to assist them in continuing their program.

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