Lions Clubs International was founded in the United States on June 7, 1917 by Melvin Jones, a Chicago businessman. Jones asked, with regard to his colleagues, "What if these men who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving their communities?" Jones' personal code, "You can't get very far until you start doing something for somebody else," reminds many Lions of the importance of community service.The Lions motto is “We Serve.” Focal Lions Club programs include sight conservation, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, environmental issues, and other programs.
The Lions Club of Cheektowaga has sponsored a high school basketball all star game for girls for the past several years. The President of their organization is Dan Cassaci. Cassaci's brother Vito is a longtime volunteer with the South Buffalo Football organization. Dan Cassaci reports that the group was approached a few years ago to switch the event and make an all boys game the main focus. Knowing that the Lions Cub already sponsored the WNY high school football game in August, the club decided to keep the focus of the basketball game on the girls.
Last night at the pregame banquet, Bishop Timon graduate Mike Walton delivered the keynote speech. The girls were given embroidered bags along with their game uniforms. Congratulations to the WNY Lions Club for their great commitment to the visually impaired and for supporting WNY high school athletes. Because of them, many girls in WNY are given the opportunity to have their talents highlighted for the whole community to see.