Sugarloaf Lions mark their 40th anniversary
THE Sugarloaf Lions Club held a wine and cheese evening last Friday to round up their 40th Anniversary Celebrations.
The members of the Lions Club took the opportunity to say thank you to the community and long term members of the club for their support over the years.
This year the club’s Dress Dance was held in aid of the Autism Unit in the Barnacoyle School in Newcastle.
The Lions Clubs from Wicklow Town through to Killiney also raised funds for the Barnacoyle School.
Last Friday night the members of the Sugarloaf Lions Club presented the Lions Club Zone Chairperson, Maureen Cahill, with €5,000, which brought the grand total collected for Barnacoyle to a massive €40,000.
The giving didn’t end there with Bray’s Open Door Centre also receiving a generous cheque.
Following a successful table quiz last month a whopping €2,000 was raised for the Bray Charity.
Once the fundraising cheques were presented it was time to turn the attention to the members of the Lions Club.
The members were very proud to take the opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication made by some of the older members.
In the past 40 years only two members of the Sugarloaf Lions Club have received a Melvin Jones, Life-time Achievement Award.
The award named after the American founder of Lionism is the ultimate accolade a Lion could receive.
And last Friday, Aidan Summers, Tony O’Mahony, Pat O’Hanlon and Sean Brady were the extremely proud recipients of the award.
The awards were presented by Lions, Tom O’Sullivan and Gerry Traynor, who gave short speeches which highlighted the need for Lionism in the future.
A great night was had by everyone and it was the perfect way to finish off the 40th Anniversary Celebrations.
At the Sugarloaf Lions 40th anniversary celebrations where four members were presented with the Melvin Jones Award for outstanding service: Tony Maher, Aidan Somers, Tom O’Sullivan (President Sugarloaf Lions), Maureen Cahill (Regional Director), Gerry Traynor, Sean Brady and Pat O’Hanlon.