Londonderry Lions pay tribute to four local citizens
LONDONDERRY - In 1917, a handful of concerned businessmen began meeting in Chicago in hopes of changing their community and their world for the better.
Today, the Lions Club International boasts 45,000 clubs in over 200 countries, and its membership has grown to include over 1 million men and women.
On Monday evening, the Londonderry Lions Club held its Community Appreciation Dinner at Lions Hall on Mammoth Road.
"It's a time when we recognize members of our community that give of themselves by sacrificing their personal and family time to provide special services to our community," club secretary Tom Cooper said. The local Lions recognized four residents at Monday night's dinner: Katie Sullivan, Kathy Wagner, Steve Young and Winston Dorman.
Sullivan, an assistant principal at Londonderry High School, was honored for her work with the school's Pay It Forward Club, a nonprofit group encouraging teens to help others within the community. Each year, the Pay It Forward Club organizes and hosts a breakfast for dozens of area veterans.
Wagner, a local businesswoman who has served on the Old Home Day Committee for the past decade, is one of the co-founders of Warm Homes, a local nonprofit that provides heating assistance to needy families in town. A former town councilor, Wagner has also served previously as a library trustee and planning board member.
Young, co-creator of Londonderry's virtual visitor's center, was honored for his website announcing local news stories and events. Cooper said Young has assisted the local Lions often over the years by advertising club events and fundraisers. Young is a longtime school board member who remains involved in town government.
Dorman, who owns a business in town, assists the Lions Club each holiday season by transporting Christmas trees from Vermont to the Mammoth Road club for its annual tree sale.
"His work and effort unloading and loading these trees is more than enough for recognition," Cooper said, noting that Dorman also donates a portion of his trucking fees back to the club for use in other community projects.
The Londonderry Lions host fundraisers throughout the year, returning upwards of $20,000 annually via high school scholarships, eyeglasses and hearing aid donations and holiday food baskets.