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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Lions’ Bonanza: a charitable tradition

  • Banquet set Nov. 14


    A tradition of charitable giving goes a long way in Wayne County. One of the larger local sources of philanthropy is the Honesdale Area Lions Club, which has been the conduit for over $400,000  in the last 41 years.


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  • A tradition of charitable giving goes a long way in Wayne County. One of the larger local sources of philanthropy is the Honesdale Area Lions Club, which has been the conduit for over $400,000  in the last 41 years.
    The combined generosity of their members is served at their annual Bonanza dinner, where chosen recipients are represented.  Their 41st Bonanza will be held Saturday, November 14 at 6 p.m., at The Inn at Woodloch Pines. Tickets are still available.
    The 2009 recipients will be Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County, Pa.; Wayne County Public Library; Wayne County YMCA; Communities That Care; Victims Intervention Program, Wayne Memorial Hospital; Honesdale Ambulance Corp; Honesdale Fire Department; First Books of Wayne County and Grace Episcopal Church for their “Thanksgiving Together” community dinner.
    Approximately $5,000 will be distributed this year, said Lion member Paul Meagher Sr.
    Rudy Schemitz, chairman of this year’s Bonanza, added, “It is phenomenal to be able to keep the money we raise, in the community. The Lions is a good organization and there is a lot of good people in it.”
    In addition to the charitable contributions, each year the Lions honors long-standing members at the dinner. This year they honor Kuo Cheng, Robert Howell and Tom Jenkins.
    Cheng, a Taiwan native, lives on Shady Lane, Texas Township, with his wife Sandy. He has been a member of the Honesdale Lions since 1982. Cheng was employed by Wayne Memorial Hospital for 18 years before becoming CEO of Clinical Laboratories, Inc., Scranton.
    Howell, a Honesdale Lion since 1980, opened a pharmacy in Honesdale in 1991 as a Medicine Shoppe, a franchise. The pharmacy is now under the new name of Howell’s Medicine Center. Natural health protocols is his passion.
    Jenkins joined the Honesdale Lions Club in 1979. He was Lions president in 1989-90, the first year that the Bonanza banquet was held at Woodloch Pines. Tom and his wife Beverly have been very involved for several years with the Lions Club Christmas party for special needs children. An educator in the Wayne Highlands School District for 38 years, Jenkins is currently District Superintendent.
    Lions Club members are very involved with the collection of eyeglasses and hearing aids for the needy.
    Schemitz said that to be a Lions Club member, one needs to have a desire to serve and help their community. Applications for membership are available from Lions members.
    Bonanza tickets are sold in three prices, $200/couple; $150/single and $100/non-attending. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are at 6 p.m. followed by the banquet at 7 p.m. and dancing from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Cash door prizes will be awarded. Schemitz said that anyone who would like a ticket may contact him at (570)251-8218 or any  Honesdale Lion. Dinner tickets, he said, should be purchased by the middle of next week.
    Page 2 of 2 - Honesdale Lions Club was founded in 1925. It is the second oldest Lions Club in northeastern Pennsylvania. Dr. Jennifer Stevens is the current president.
     

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