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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Flederbach honored at annual banquet

  • - Many were in attendance Saturday at The Inn at Woodloch in honor of the 45th Lions Club Bonanza, sponsored by the Honesdale Lions Club.
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  • - Many were in attendance Saturday at The Inn at Woodloch in honor of the 45th Lions Club Bonanza, sponsored by the Honesdale Lions Club. Business and community members alike came out, including Senator Lisa Baker, State Representative Mike Peifer, the Wayne County Commissioners, Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards and more. “I’d like to begin by saying it’s my honor and privilege to welcome you to our 45th Annual Lions Club Bonanza Banquet,” Card said. He also talked a little bit about the Lions Club and what they do. “Every year, normally in June, we hold a blood drive with the Red Cross and assist in collecting on average 60 pints of blood,” he said. “We’ve been doing this for several years. One of the things that I’m very proud of is that over the past 50 years we have held a Christmas party for special needs children and young adults.” Card said they make sure that every child and young adult “receive a gift that is specific to their needs.” He added that the committee for this party really goes the extra step and “puts their heart into making it a success.” “I can tell you personally that you really get a meaning of the holiday season when you attend one of these parties and see the children and their families enjoy a holiday meal and signing Christmas carols with their special guest, Santa Claus,” he said. “That really touches your heart.” Card said the Lions Club also provides “on average 50 people per year,” with new eyeglasses that without their assistance “cannot afford to obtain” to improve their eyesight. “As you can see, the Lions Club does a few things in this community other than this Bonanza Banquet,” he stated. “The banquet was started 45 years ago, and with the help and generosity of the local community, has raised over $475,000 that has been distributed to several local organizations serving our community.” The organizations include Wayne Memorial Hospital, the YMCA, the Victims Intervention Program, Wayne County Adult Literacy, the Honesdale Fire Department, the Wayne County Public Library, Habitat for Humanity, Communities That Care, the ARC of Wayne County and First Book of Wayne County. “As we know these are not the best economic times in our country so again, this year I stand here to say how blessed we are to live in a community that is always willing to support a worthy cause,” Card said. “The bonanza committee worked very hard to make this evening a success. I thank you all for your hard work.” Steve Knash and Paul Meagher were chairs of this year’s event. “Tonight, I also have the privilege to recognize a member of our club for having 20 years of service,” Card stated. “That individual is Dave Flederbach. Dave has supported this event for many years. Another true Lion’s tradition is working with public service. Dave and his wife have always given opportunity for employment to people that normally would not be able to get a job anywhere else. Because of Dave and his family these people were given a chance to make themselves better people and part of our community. Thank you Dave for your part in the Honesdale Lions Club.” Flederbach was then given an award. Representatives from each organization took a few moments to talk about what they do and thanked the Lions for their support. “The Lions Club does a lot in the community and I’m very proud to be part of that,” said Card. “I’m very proud to be the president of the Honesdale Lions Club because of what we do in the community and what we can serve. You can see a lot of that tonight.” A night of dancing was held after the conclusion of the presentations.

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