Resolution J178-2013

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Rome Lions Club on January 26, 2013



  • Jan 24, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 16, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the 60th anniversary of the Rome
Lions Club on January 26, 2013

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions and individuals who would devote themselves to the welfare of  the
community and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  the  60th anniversary of the Rome Lions Club, to be celebrated at
its Anniversary Dinner on Saturday, January 26, 2013,  at  the  Club  in
Rome, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Rome  Lions  Club was established after a group of Rome
businessmen were encouraged by the Utica Lions Club to form a Lions Club
in Rome, New York; and
  WHEREAS, The first President of the Rome Lions Club was radio  person-
ality Carl J. Swanson, also known as Mr. Sunshine; and
  WHEREAS, The first members included a group of 25 business and profes-
sional  men, who became the Charter Members of the Rome Lions on October
21, 1952; and
  WHEREAS, The Rome Lions have performed 60 years of valuable  community
service, having lived up to their motto "We Serve"; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1925,  Helen  Keller, addressing the Lions International
Convention, challenged the young service clubs to serve the hearing  and
visually  impaired;  Lions  Clubs throughout the world took up the chal-
lenge to help the blind; and
  WHEREAS, In Rome, the challenge was met with enthusiasm, and it became
the custom of the Rome Lions that two or three Lion members would go  to
visit  one  of  the  visually  impaired at their home or nursing home to
check on their welfare; and
  WHEREAS, The second half of Helen Keller's challenge to help the hear-
ing impaired also became a focus  of  the  Rome  Lions  Club;  the  club
purchased  TTY's  and  loaned them to persons in need, and placed one at
the Rome Police Department for emergencies; and
  WHEREAS,  Moreover,  the  Rome  Lions  offer  annual  scholarships  to
students  at New York State School for the Deaf in Rome, conduct hearing
tests with professionals at Health Fairs, provide eye exams and  glasses
to  underprivileged  children  referred by the local schools and also to
the needy and collect hearing aids  and  eye  glasses  from  receptacles
constructed by the Lion members at strategic places throughout the city;
  WHEREAS, Rome Lions Club members are involved in numerous other commu-
nity  projects including installing furnaces in the homes of needy indi-
viduals, sending young adults to Colorado  for  special  eye  treatment,
picking  up  corneas  at  the  local  hospital  and  taking  them to the
airport/bus terminal or driving them to the eye bank, packing Thanksgiv-
ing baskets for the poor, serving dinners at the Rome Rescue Mission and
working at Camp Badger in Spencer, New York, and making various  repairs
to the camp; and
  WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when organiza-
tions of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to  our  atten-
tion,  they  should  be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  60th anniversary of the Rome Lions Club on January 26,
2013; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to James Murphy, President, Rome Lions Club.


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