NEWS RELEASE: Chittenango Lions Club CONTACT: Warren "Pat" Jerome 687-9585
DATE OF RELEASE: June 27, 2008 TOPIC: "Installation of Officers 2008-09"




      The Chittenango Lions Club for the 26th time held it's installation of new officers.  The 2008-2009 officers were installed on June 19th at the Rusty Rail, by Past Lions International Director Robert Seibert of the North Syracuse Club.
      The new Chittenango Lions Club officers for 2008-2009 are: President - Lee Finkle, 1st V.P. Glenn - Stevens, 2nd V.P. - Peter Owens, 3rd V.P. - Michael Lynch, Secretary - Jack Kern, Treasure - Richard Steinbach, Financial Secretary - Marty Iritz, Directors 2 years - Brice Kaiser and Greg Ellstrom, Directors one year - Nelson Smith and Nick Staffiero, Lion Tamer - Charles Grover, Tail Twister - Bruce Hall, and Past Presidents Jim English and Peter Stevens.
     In addition to the installation of the 2008-2009 officers, the following took place before the 55 members and friends in attendance:

Chittenango Lion's Club - Photos of 6/19/08 Installation Night

Officers of 2008-2009: Pictured above are the Chittenango Lions Club members inducted into office June 19th by Past Lions International Director Robert Seibert. They will assume their new duties July 1st.
First Row L-R: Lee Finkle (President), Jim English (Past President), Bruce Kaiser (Director 2 years), Installing Officer Robert Seibert, Bruce Hall (Tail Twister), Nick Staffiero (Director 1 year), Glenn Stevens (1st Vice President).
Second Row L-R: Jack Kern (Secretary), Richard Steinbach (Treasurer), Nelson Smith (Director 1 year), Peter Owens (2nd Vice President), Michael Lynch (3rd Vice President), Charles Grover (Lion Tamer), Peter Stevens (Past President), Marty Iritz (Financial Secretary). Not available for the Photo is Greg Ellstrom (Director 2 years).

Special Awards 2008-2009: Seven Chittenango Lions received special recognition awards on June 19 are pictured above: L-R: Lee Finkle (Life Membership), Louise Jerome (Club President's Award), Bruce Kaiser (Club President's Award), Robert Seibert who presented the awards, Bruce Hall (Life Membership and Club Presidnet's Awards), Glenn Stevens (Robert Uplinger Service Award), and Jim English (Past President's Award). Not available for photo was Rae Haynes who received a MelvinJones Humanitarian Service Award.

Special Recognition for Service: Chittenango Lion Glenn Stevens was presented a "Robert Uplinger Service Award" by Past International Director Robert Seibert on June 19th at the Clubs 36th annual Installation and Awards Cermony. Lion Stevens has been a club member for over 30 years and during that period of time served as club president in 1981-82 and 1996-97. He will be 1st Vice President in 2008-09 and likely serve as president for a third time in 2009-10. The award bears the name of Robert Uplinger, who was the International Lions President in 1971-72, the year Chittenango was chartered.

Passing the Gavel: Continuing the 36 year tradition, Jim English (L) passes the gavel to incoming President Lee Finkle at the Chittenango lions Club annual Installation and Awards Ceremony on June 19th. Lion Finkle previously served as president 1992-93 and 2000-01. He announced plans for 2008-09 and thanked the Past President, Jim English, for his leadership over the past year.