Orange Lions install Baldasaro as president

  • Officers of Orange Lions Club for 2018-2019 were installed Sunday by Massachusetts Lions District 33A Zone Chairman Lurene Hall. From left to right are Betty Miller, tail twister and lion tamer; Marilyn Hallway (visiting from the Phillipston Lions); ZC Hall; Jerry Whaland, treasurer; Susan Whaland, first vice president; and John Baldasaro, the club’s new president. ATHOL DAILY NEWS/DEBORRAH PORTER

Staff Writer
Published: 7/17/2018 10:50:17 PM
Modified: 7/17/2018 10:50:23 PM

ATHOL — The Richard C. Philips Jr. Memorial Pavilion at Silver Lake is where officers of the Orange Lions Club were installed this year.

Massachusetts Lions District 33A Zone Chairman, Lurene Hall, conducted the ceremony at which John Baldasaro of Orange was installed as president for the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year. A Lion for the past 10 years, he is also an associate member of the Athol Lions, so several members of the Athol club were there to support him.

Baldasaro said his main goal over the next year is to build up membership so that more people can be helped throughout the community. There are currently nine members in the club. Also installed were: Sue Whaland, first vice-president; Jerry Whaland, treasurer; and Betty Miller, who accepted the dual positions of “tail twister” and “lion tamer.”

Baldasaro said the club’s projects include the Celebrate the Harvest Parade in Orange in the fall. The club also assists with the Thanksgiving dinner held at the Bethany Lutheran Church each year, and also donates and distributes food baskets to those in need around the holidays.

The Orange Lions also donate to the North Quabbin Community Coalition community meal, and members make deliveries and work in the kitchen. The club also participates in the National Night Out Against Crime each year by manning the barbecue grill. The event will be held on Aug. 7.

The Orange Lions were the original sponsors of the Millers River Challenge, currently on hiatus. Members also pitch in at the Athol Lions Haunted Hayride in October, and at both Thanksgiving and Christmas, the club sponsors four families in need with an overloaded food basket that includes mittens, gloves and hats. The club also assists with the community meal at Thanksgiving.

The Orange Lions organizes the Easter Egg Hunt at Butterfield Park. The event was moved to Dexter park, when Butterfield was undergoing renovations. It sold a calendar to benefit the Bandstand, raising $1,450. The club added $50 to make it an even $1,500,” said Baldasaro. The money was used to buy paint for the gazebo. Orange Lions Club members also participate in the Athol Lions Club’s annual River Rat Race and host a table at the Friday night drawing and throughout the race weekend.

A barbecue, desserts and fellowship followed the installation ceremony this past weekend. Orange Lions Club meets every second and fourth Monday at the Workers Credit Union, 32 New Athol Road in Orange at 7 p.m.

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