Albion Lions Club member recognized for 50 years of service

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 December 2018 at 10:08 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – John Keding, center, was presented with a pin and commendation letter this morning for his 50 years of service to the Albion Lions Club. Ron Alberton, left, is the Albion Lions Club president. He presented Keding with the recognition pin and letter. Keding is joined by his daughter, Christine Buongiorne, who is also a member of the Lions Club.

Albertson and Buongiorne made a surprise visit to Keding Automotive, which Keding has owned for 45 years. At age 83, he remains a full-time presence at the repair shop on East Avenue.

“He’s old school,” Buongiorne said about her father. “He has a work ethic once he makes a commitment.”

Keding joined the Lions Club in 1968. He served as president in 1976. For about 25 years he was the club’s secretary, taking attendance, writing the minutes from meetings and doing all of the reports. It’s a demanding role that few want to do in the club.

Albertson said he is impressed with Keding’s long-time service and his integrity. He said Keding is also popular among the Lions Club members for his sense of humor and enthusiastic singing, especially of “Home on the Range.”

Keding coordinates the club’s annual rose sale around Mother’s Day, when the Lions Club sells about 350 dozens of roses. It’s one of the club’s best fundraisers.

He has a shift later today ringing the bells for the Red Kettle drive. He will be at the Tops in Albion from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Albion Lions Club has about 20 members. They meet the second and fourth Tuesdays. Albertson said the club welcomes more members. Call him at (585) 738-8690 for more information.

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