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Kendall Lions recognize outstanding members, Citizen of the Year

Staff Reports Posted 7 June 2019 at 9:08 pm

Provided photos: Kendall Lion John Becker presents the club’s Citizen of the Year award to Steve Giverson, center. Lions Club President Doug Urquhart is at right.

KENDALL – The Kendall Lions held the club’s annual officer installation and awards dinner on Thursday. Kendall volunteer firefighter Steve Giverson was presented the “Citizen of the Year Award” for his commitment and strong leadership in the Lions Club’s carbon monoxide and smoke detector program in response to a community tragedy.

Steve transferred from the Gates Fire Department 2 1/2 years ago and quickly made an impact in the Kendall community and the fire department. He recently was elected secretary of the Kendall Fire Department. Steve was the liaison between the community groups – American Red Cross, Kendall Central School, the Fire Departments and the Lions Club – during the recent CO and smoke detector program.

Giverson took on the responsibility of scheduling, training, delivery and community communication as the Lions Club distributed 200 CO detectors and more 600 smoke detectors to residents in the local communities.

Provided photos: Kendall Lion John Becker presents the club’s Citizen of the Year award to Steve Giverson, center. Lions Club President Doug Urquhart is at right.

John Becker also was recognized for his leadership in the CO and smoke detector program as well as his continued service as a Kendall Lion. Becker received the “Lion of the Year” award. Becker was the initiator of the program after two lives in the Kendall community were lost due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Lion President Doug Urquhart recognizes Debbie Ryan for her tenure as club treasurer. She is joined by her husband, Bob Ryan, who is a member of the club.

This group includes, from left: incoming President Helen Unterborn, Lion Candy Minigiello, Lion Tom Minigiello and Lion President Doug Urquhart. Candy Minigiello was awarded the Robert Uplinger Award for her service and participation in the community and the Kendall Lions Club.

Kendall Supervisor Tony Cammarata (center), a member of the Lions Club, was presented the Melvin Jones Fellow as a reflection of the continued service to our community and club, often behind the scenes but integral to our success. The award is named for the founder of the Lions Clubs International.

Lions President Doug Urquhart presents the award to Cammarata, who was joined by his wife, Sharon Cammarata.

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