The Abington Lions Club took a night to honor current members and their spouses, as well as swear in two new members to their cause.
Ed Borek, president; Dave Jones, secretary ; Mark Kusma, district governor; Joe Skinner, first vice district governor; and Gene Scagliotti, second vice district governor were among the club members who gathered with family and friends at the Ramada Inn in Clarks Summit on Wednesday, Sept. 25 for the annual Abington Lions Spouse Appreciation Membership Dinner.
The annual event honors the spouses of members for their support throughout the year, a tradition that has occurred for over 20 years. Additionally, two new members, John Skaluba and Maureen Leslie, were welcomed and sworn into the club.
“It’s truly amazing all that they do for the community,” Leslie said before being sworn in. “I mean all the good they do for the blind, the help they offer around the holidays, setting up tents and serving coffee on 81. They’re so involved around Christmas time, it’s just so rewarding.”
“They’re such a wonderful group of people,” Skaluba added. “It’s impressive how much time and effort they put into the Lions Club.”
Also in attendance was past district governor, Ethel Neary, the first female to ever rise to the position in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The dinner began shortly after 7 p.m. with the toast “Not Above You, Not Beneath You, But With You” followed by the main course of either beef or fish. Following the meal, Skaluba and Leslie were sworn in, culminating in speeches from members .
During his speech, Borek took the time to thank the spouses once again and offered two inspirational quotes as parting words of wisdom: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them,” John F. Kennedy and “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do,” Helen Keller.
For the closing of the ceremony, Borek presented all the spouses with a box of candy and a final word in honor of the wives, “My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.”