Lions Celebrate 50 Years Of Service To Pound Ridge

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Member of the Pound Ridge Lions Club work on the construction of the Ambulance Corps building back in the mid-70s. From left: Don Stewart, John P. (Jack) Crimmins, Murray Crandell and Charlie George. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Pound Ridge Lions Club

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – The Pound Ridge Lions Club is turning 50 years old and  marking the occasion Sunday with a celebratory luncheon at Le Chateau restaurant in South Salem.

Current members, as well as those who have served the Lions Club over the years, will be in attendance, along with family members who will help celebrate and share memories.

“Fifty years of service to Pound Ridge residents and the community is worthy of recognition,” said club member Terri Pike. “More than ever, our community has been united through volunteerism. So in celebrating 50 years of volunteerism, the community is validating its commitment to the town through various missions.”

Pike said she hopes the event will inspire community members to recall some of the Lions’ accomplishments and deeds over the last five decades.

“Maybe some will remember seeing the Lions construct the Ambulance Corps building or driving the original ambulance that had been a hearse,” she said. “Many might recall the donations the Lions made to scholarships and organizations like the PBA and the Garden Club. Some town members worked in collaboration with the Lions, as was the case of the early Ambulance Corps.”

Pike said that over the years many Pound Ridgers have participated in the purchase of chocolate bunnies or pumpkins through the Lions Club, indirectly contributing to the Lions’ charitable efforts. Many regularly donate used eyeglasses that are refurbished through Lions Club International and then sent to developing countries. Pike said others might recall the special-needs projects the Lions undertook that served the youth, seniors or disabled in the community.  

“Perhaps it is not known that the Lions always include disaster relief as part of its budget,” she said.

Anyone who has not been personally invited but would like to attend Sunday’s luncheon can contact Cielo Warsauer at Le Chateau is located on Route 35 in South Salem.

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My Dad, Tom Geser, is a past president and was a long time Lion and I know how much it meant to him. Both he and my Mom, Lee, were actively involved in getting the Ambulance Corps started and I have always been proud of them and all the members for the lives they may have saved. Pound Ridge is lucky to have had residents who got involved rather than just sat back on their "great ideas!"

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