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Kendall Lions Club honors members committed to community service

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 June 2015 at 12:00 am

Club celebrates 40th anniversary and names ‘Citizen of the Year’

Photos courtesy of Helen Unterborn

KENDALL – The Kendall Lions Club celebrated its 40th anniversary last Thursday and presented several awards to members of the club, as a well as the “Citizen of the Year.”

Kim Corcoran receives the Citizen of the Year award from Kendall Lion Tony Cammarata, who is also the town supervisor.

Corcoran is the leader of the Kendall lawn Chair Ladies. That group started in 2012 for the town’s bicentennial celebration. Corcoran and some of her friends decided to add some excitement to the local parade.

Photo by Tom Rivers – Kim Corcoran, second from left, is pictured with the Lawn Chair Ladies during their performance in Albion on June 13 during the Strawberry Festival Parade.

Corcoran and her friends formed the Lawn Chair Ladies and had a dance routine on the parade route during the 200th anniversary celebration for Kendall. The women, while wearing pink boas, choreographed a number with lawn chairs.

They were an immediate sensation and now perform at many community events during the year. The group has about 20 members who practice regularly.

Corcoran grew up in Kendall and was in the marching band. After a 35-year career in New York City in the advertising and publishing business, Corcoran moved back to her hometown in June 2011. Corcoran also is the town historian.

Tony Camarrata is presented the award for “Lion of the Year” by Debbie Ryan, a member of the Lions Club.

The club’s highest honor is a Melvin Jones Fellow, givien for years of community service. Ken DeRoller (left), last year’s recipient, presents the Melvin Jones Fellow to 30-year Lion Dan Peckham. Dan’s wife Peggy joined him in the presentation.

Lion President Randy Unterborn presents the Robert Uplinger award for outstanding service to Lions and the community to Lion John Becker as his wife Wendy looks on. Becker is a former Kendall town supervisor.

The Kendall Lions Club celebrated 40 years of service on Thursday. Lions and guests were invited to come dressed as they would have in 1975 the year of our charter. In honor of our 40 years of service and in recognition of charter president Ray Ernenwein, the Lions Club presented Lions Camp Badger with a check for $1,500. This donation at an opportune time for the camp as it has been damaged by flooding.

Terry Bliss, a Kendall Lions Club member and past district governor, presents a check for $1,500 for Camp Badger to Judith McNight, first vice president in the district.