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Taylor Lions Club

The Taylor Lions Club Governor's Dinner:

Took Place At Amadeo's Restaurant, (Pine Hill's Golf Course),
140 South Keyser Avenue. Taylor, Pa. May 10, 2004

The Event Was Reported By Triboro Banner Newspaper Reporter Malinda Martines. The Article And Pictures Appeared In The Triboro Banner Newspaper On Thursday, May 13, 2004.

The Taylor Lions Club's 50TH Anniversary:

A Party Was Held On November 14. 2004 At Saint George's Carpatho-
Russian Church Hall,
(743 South Keyser Ave. Taylor, Pa.)

In Attendance Were Approximately 45 Lions & Guests Including
Life Time Board Member, (Lion David Noakes), Congressman
Paul Kanjorski & Taylor Mayor Richard Bowen.

The Evening Started With The Introduction Of Congressman Kanjorski Who Gave A Speech On The Cause And Effect Of Economics And The Impact It
Has On What Can Or Can't Be Done At All Levels Of Government.

In Addition To His Speech Congressman Kanjorski Also Presided Over
The Installation Of New Club Members Rita Donovan,Sponsored By Lion President Mary Ann Belaski.

As A Token Of The Club's Appreciation For Congressman Kanjorski Participation In Our Anniversary Celebration.Toast Master &
Lion Francis Scott
Presented Him With A Commemorative Piece
Of Anthracite Coal.
The Congressman Thanked The Club And Said
He Would Display The Coal On His Desk In Washington, DC. He
Then Joked The Coal Would Be A Conversation Piece That Would
Enable Him To Speak About One Of His Favorite Subjects
The State Of Pennsylvania.

The Following Are Other Dignitary And Club Members Who Participated In The Anniversary Party Program:

  • Welcome & Necrology Service: 1St Female Club President: Lion Lisa Mekilo.
  • Pledge Of Allegiance: Lion & Financial Secretary: Dennis Kryzanowski.
  • Copies Of America Song: Lion & Treasurer: Gene Evanish.
  • Invocation, Benediction & Necrology Service: Lion & Chaplain: Bob Davis.
  • Lions Toast: Lion & Life Time Club Member: David Noakes.
  • Toast Master & Awards: Lion, & Membership Chairman: Francis Scott.
  • Closing Remarks: 14-H District Governor: Rev. George Kramer:
  • Closing Remarks: Taylor Mayor: Richard Bowen.
Mayor Bowen Also Declared November 14 To Be Taylor Lions Day In The Borough Of Taylor.

The Taylor Lions Club Would Like To Thank All Those Involved In Making Our 50Th Anniversary Celebration A Big Success.

A Special Thank You To Congressman Kanjorski & Life Time Club Member
Lion David Noakes, Toast Master Lion Francis Scott &
Taylor Mayor Richard Bowen.

The Club Would Like To Recognize The Hard Work And Dedication Of The Lion Veterans Who Not Only Contributed To The Success Of Our Anniversary Party But Were Instrumental In Making The Taylor Lions Club A Vital Part Of The Borough Of Taylor Since 1954.

Taylor Lions Club History:

On November 15, 1954 The Newly Chartered Taylor Lions Club, Sponsored By The Old Forge Lions Club, Selected Jay Fahringer As Its Inaugural President.

Recapitulation Of Organization:

  • Lions Club Of Taylor, Pennsylvania - 14H.
  • Organizer: ( E.G Moyer).
  • Date Of Organization: (November 11, 1954).
  • Date Of First Organization Report: (November 18, 1954).
  • Number Of Charter Members: (50).
  • First Club President: (Lion Jay M. Fahringer).
  • First Club Secretary: (Lion Dominic A. DeAngelo).
  • First Club Treasurer: (Lion Augustus McDade).
  • Business Meeting Day & Time: (Monday At 7:00 P.M).
  • Business Meeting Location: (Aldino's Restaurant).

Interesting Lion Facts:

Melvin Jones, (Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. The Highest Award In Lionism), Was Awarded To Taylor Lions, Joe Canjar & Francis Scott. Mr. Jone's Personal Code Is: "You Can't Get Very Far Until You Start Doing Something For Someone Else".

The Lions Club Name: ("The International Assocation Of Lions Clubs").

The Lions Club's Emblem: (The Current Lion Emblem Was Adopted At The 1919 Convention). Today, Lions Throughout The World Are Recognized By It. It Consists Of Gold Letter L On A Circular Purple,(Or Blue), Field. Bordering This Is A Circular Gold Area With Two Lion Profiles - Facing Away From The Center. The Word "Lions" Appears At The Top, And "International" At The Bottom. The Lions Face Both Past And Future - Showing Both Pride Of Heritage And Confidence In The Future.

The Club's Motto: (We Serve).

The Clubs Slogan: (Liberty, Intelligence & Our Nation's Safety).

The Club's Offical Colors: (Purple & Gold). The Royal Colors Of Purple And Gold Were Selected As The Offical Colors When The Association Was Organized In 1917. Purple Stands For Loyalty To Friends, And For Integrity Of Mind And Heart. Gold Symbolizes Sincerity Of Purpose, Liberality In Judgement, Purity In Life, And Generosity In Mind, Heart And Purse To Those In Need.

The Club Banners: (The Original Club Banner And The Present Banner, (Presented On Our 30Th Anniversary), Were Presented To Us By our Sponsoring Club The Old Forge Lions Club.They Also Donated Our Club's Bell And Lions Bank).

The Club's Gavel: (Was Donated To Us By The Club's First President, Lion Jay Fahringer.

The Club's Podium: (Was Made And Donated By Lion Dan Capwell Who Also Made Our Coin Drop Signs).

Club Secretary: (Lion Ted Evanish), Is One Of The Longest Club Secretary In Our Club's History, While His Brother, (Lion Gene Evanish), Is One Of The Longest Club Treasurer In The Club's History With Service From, (1992 To Present, 2007).

Club Treasurer's Record: (Lion Woddy Herron), Holds The Record With Thirty-One Years Of Service As Club's Treasurer.

Holder Of All Club Offices: (Lion Francis Scott, Is The First Club Member To Hold All Club Offices).

Lions Highway Signs: (The Lions Highway Signs Entering And Exiting The Community Displays The Club's Meeting Time And Location.) Were Placed Throughout The Community In Lion President A.J Munchak's Term,(1980) And Replaced In Lion President Tom Leonard's Term, (2002)

Lions Fair Share: (A Long Standing Tradition Of The Taylor Lions Club Is To Present A Check On The District 14-H Governor's Annual Visit For Their Share, (100% Of Club), For All Local, State And International Lions Projects. This Continues Today, (2007).

Lions Meeting Places:

(Some Of The Lion Meeting Places Over The Years, In Reverse Order Are As Follows):

  • Pine Hills Country Club,
  • Powell's Pub,
  • Broadway Cafe,
  • Third National Bank's Community Room,
  • Lisowski's Cafe,
  • Danilo's Resturant,
  • Aldanio's Restaurant
  • Arcaro's Pizza).
    A Few Of The Club's Long Standing Members:

  • Lion David Noakes,
  • Lion James Barton,
  • Lions Paul Rusincovitch,
  • Robert Thomas,
  • William Leggon,
  • Lion Michael Cole,
  • Joseph Lukasiewicz,
  • J. Dennis Kryzanowski,
  • Dr. John Rooney

Club Historian:

Lion Francis Scott Is The Club's Historian And The Following Are His Comments:

I Have Worked On Trying To Have An Authentic, Interesting And Diversified History Of Our Club. I Could Not Help But Notice Our Proud, Rich History Of Family Members Of The Same Family And Relatives Of That Family Who Over The Years Have Served The Taylor Lions Club And Our Community Of Taylor. You Could Say, "We Are A Family More Than A Club". "It Is By Planting The Seed Early That We Build The Leaders Of Tomorrow".

Continuation Of Taylor Lions Club History:

The Club Would Have The Honor For Two Members, Dominic DeAngelo, (1958-1959) And Joseph Canjar, (1980-1981) Served As District 14-H's Governors.

The Club Also Had Members Francis Scott, (1993-1994) And Joseph Conjar, (1995-1996) Received The Melvin Jones Fellowship Award For Dedicated Humanitarian Service From The Lions Club International Foundation. This Award Is The Highest Award In Lionism.

Over The Years, The Taylor Lions Club's Principal Fundraiser Has Been The Holiday Basketball Tournament That Features Both Girl's And Boy's High School Teams From Riverside School District And Surrounding Areas.

Despite Being A Relatively New Tournament, The Taylor Lions Club Tournament Is Already One Of The Premier Events Of Its Kind And Is The Only Area Tournament To Featured Both Girls And Boys Divisions.

Lions Eugene Evanish And His Brother Ted Evanish Have Co-Chaired The Tournament Since Inception.

Lion Joseph Roberts Was Club President, (1987), For The Inaugural Tournament And Team Contact Person Which He Serves To This Day.

The Most Prolific Lions For Ads For The Tournament's Ad Booklet Have Been Lions David Noakes & Chester Nerch.

The Taylor Lions Club Is Also The First Club In The History Of District 14-H To Have It's Club Pin Voted Number In The State Of Pennsylvania. Lion Francis Scott Designed The Winning Emblem, (1994).

The Taylor Lions Club Achived The #1 Club Award In District 14-H, (1969), While Lion President David Noakes, SR. Was In Office.

The Taylor Lions Club Has Taken An Active Role In District 14-H With Members Joe Canjar, (Past District Governor), Mike Cole, Gene King, Fran DeAngelo, Gene Evanish, Ted Evanish, Neil DeAngelo, Robert Thomas And Francis Scott All Serving In The District Cabinet In Recent Years.

Over The Years And Also For Many Years The Taylor Lions Club Sponsored Teams In The Taylor Little League, Taylor Girls Software Association, Boys Biddy Basketball League, T.C.C Girls Basketball League.

Boy Scout Troop 85, (1985), As Well As Cub Scout Pack 90, (1997) Are Sponsored By The Taylor Lions Club.

Also The Taylor Lions Junior Football Organization Was Named After The Club, (Which Sponsored It From 1970-2000). Lion Frank Messoline Was One Of The Primary Organizer's Of The Program, (1970), And Served As President, (1970-1975). While Lion Mike Krypel Was Primarily Responsible For Its Present Complex And Served As It's President From, (1975-1990).

The Taylor Lions Club In Conjunction With The R & L Civic Club, American Legion Post 306, The Taylor Borough Council & Waste Management Have Held An Easter Egg Hunt For The Youth Of The Community, (Since 1986).

Easter Bunnies Over The Years: Lion Donald McCloskey, Lion Lisa Scott Mekilo, Lion Joe Grasso, Linda Biggar, Michael Scott Mekilo.

Lion J. Dennis Kryzanowski Instituted At The Riverside JR. High School, In Our 46Th Anniversary Year, The Taylor Lions Scholarship Award, (2000). Part Of The Criteria For This Award Is That The Recipient Must Reside In Taylor, Be An Honor Roll Student, Be Active In The School And Community, Ect.

As A Participant Of The Lions Club International "World Lions Service Day" Traditionally Held In October. The Club Contributes Money And Manpower, (Lion Power). At Saint Francis Of Assisi Kitchen To Feed The Needy Of The County, (1986).

Past Leader Dog Chairman, Lion Francis Scott Initiated The Idea Of A Special Commemorative Patch That Celebrated Leader Dogs For The Blind's Sixtieth Anniversary, (1939-1999). The Thought Being All Lions Clubs Throughout The World Would Receive A Leader Dog Banner Patch For Any Monetary Donation To The School That Year, (1999).

District 14-H Lion's Eye Bank Came About When District Governor, Dominic DeAngelo Arranged A Meeting Scheduled For September 5, 1958 At The Moosic Lions Youth Center.

District 14-H Hearing Committee's Annual Visit To The Scranton School For The Deaf Was Began In District Governor Joe Canjar's Term, (1980-1981) It Continues Today. (2006).

Lion Merwyn Howells was Instrumental With The Inception Of The Sgt. Seymore Program, A Program Sponsored By The The Lackawanna Blind Association For Third Grade Students To educate Them In Regard To Sight Conservation And Eye Safety Which Concluded With A Poster Contest.

The Providing Of The Traditional Lion's Green Jacket With The Pennsylvania Crest Along With The A Lion's Tie To Newly Installed Presidents Was The Idea Of Lion Dr. John Rooney It Continues To This date, (2006).

Lion Bill Nash, (Head Chef) Was In Charge For One Of Our Club's Major Fund Raisers For Over Ten Years Which Was The Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast, Began In 1980. It Was Held At The Riverside JR. SR. High School. Lion J. Dennis Kryanowski Was Ticket Chairperson.

Our First District 14-H Lions Eye Bank Banner Patch For The Most Cornea Eye Pledge Cards In A year Was Achieved During Lion President John Souter's Year, (1992). The Club Over The Years Has Provided Eye Glasses For Senior Citizens And Other Needy Citizens Of The Community.

The Eye Glasses Program Today, (2005), Has Expanded To Providing Eye Glasses To Third World Countries Thanks To A Suggestion By Lion Neil DeAngelo, (2005 Business Meeting), And The Follow-Up By Lion Tom Leonard. Neil Made The Suggestion That The Club Contact The Post Office And Inquire Into Getting A Mail Box To Deposit Eye Glasses. The Mail Box Is Similar To The Type Of Mail Boxes Found On Street Corners But Has Different Colors. Lion Tom Leonard Contacted The Post Office And Arranged To Have A Mail Box Dropped Off At Albrecht & Son Garage, (425 North Main Street. Taylor, Pa).

David Albrechit Not Only Painted The Mail Box Once, (At No Cost To The Club), But Picked The Mail Box Up A Second Time, Because The Box's Colors Were Confusing People Who Were Placing Mail In It, And Painted It A Second Time, (At No Cost To The Club). The Mail Box Is Currently Located Next To What Was, (The Brewers Outlet Located In The Taylor Price Chopper's Center.) Tom The Owner Of The Brewers' Outlet Allowed Us To Place The Mail Box Next To His Business,

Lion Tom Leonard Also Sorts & Boxes The Eye Glasses Collected And They Are Giving To The Lackawanna County Blind Association, To Date, (2007) Over 2000 Pairs Of Glasses Have Been Collected.

While President, Lion Tom Leonard Also Arranged To Replace Aging International Lions Club's Highway Signs. The Current Location Of The New Signs Are On The Island Next To Marsico's Restaurant\The Little Tax Shop, (North Main Street, Taylor). The Second Sign Is located Across The Street On The Property Of The 286 Corporation, (Keyser Ave, Taylor).

In addition To The Eye Glasses And Highway Signs Lion Tom Leonard Created This Web Site And Arranged To Have It Stored On The Scranton Times' Server Under Community Web Pages For Non-Profit Organizations. Because Of Restrictions On The Times' Server Lion Tom Leonard Moved And Updating The Club's Web Page, With The Help Of Gerry Dombroski, To A Different Server.

Placing The Club's Web Page On A Different Server Will Enable Lion Tom Leonard To Add Features That He Couldn't use While On The Times' Server. The Web Page Is Done (Free Of Cost To The Club.) Lion Tom Leonard Hopes This Web Will Become A Great Resource Of Information For The Taylor Lions Club.

Also Since It's Begining The Club Has Provided Wheelchairs, Commodes, Walkers, Crutches And Canes & Personal Safety Items For All Citizens Of The Community. Lion Mike Cole Has Stored And Maintained These Items, (1992).

We Have Sent Youth Of The Community To Beacon Lodge For Their Diabetic Condition And Education Purpose.

In Addition To The Local Projects The Taylor Lions Club Participate In Sight Projects Characteristic Of State, National And International Lions Clubs

The Top Four Lions To Sponsor New Members Into The Club Are Lion David Noakes, (34 New Members) Lion Dominic DeAngelo, (20 New Members), Lion Michael Krypel, (17 New Members), And Lion Francis Scott, (17 New Members).

Rev. A. Merle Davis And Sons Robert, William And David Were The First Family,(1993), To Join The Club, (1992 For Lion Merle). All Of The Family Were Sponsored By Lion Gene Evanish.

Lion Lisa Scott Mekilo Is The First Lady To Join The Taylor Lions Club, (2001), She Was Sponsorted By Her Father Lion Francis Scott. Also Lion Lisa Scott Mekilo Was The First Lady Lion To Be Elected To An Office Of The Taylor LIons Club, (President).

Since The Club Started Back In 1954. There Has Been A Total Of Two Hundred & Fifty Seven Residence Of Taylor Who Were Members, At One Time Or Another, Of The Taylor Lions Club.


Reflecting On The Past, (Pre-80's), The Club Members Sold Brooms Door To Door, Held Safety Classes For The Youth Of The Community For Hunting, Provided Refreshments At Dances Held At The Taylor High School And Held Community Bloodmobile's For The American Red Cross. Gallons Of Blood Have Ben Donated By The Taylor Lions Club Members Over The Years.

Club Members Played Bingo With Patients At The Taylor Nursing Home, Supplying All Prizes For The games.

The Club Provided A "Handicapped Ramp" For A Taylor Resident, And Provided Financial Help For A Young Person's Eye Prostheses.

The Club Provided A Seat Lift Chair, And Held Joint Screenings For Glaucoma With Local Lions Clubs And Donated A Sign For The Taylor Nursing And Rehabilitation Center, (Corner Of North Main And Hospital Streets).

The Club Also Donated Monies For A Number Of Years For The "Children's Fishing Derby" Held At McDade's Park.

Organizations We Support:

Boy Scout Troop 85

Cub Scouts Pake 90

Annual Taylor Easter Egg Hunt

Riverside Boys Basketball

Annual Riverside Jr. & Sr. Highschool Scholarship Award

Taylor Little League

Taylor Missy League

Boys Biddy Basketball

TCC Girls Basketball

Taylor Lions Junior Football

Riverside Lady Vikes Basketball

Riverside Girls softball

Riverside High School Golf League

Riverside Boys Basketball

Sent Children To Becon Lodge Camp For Diabetes Education

Saint Francis Of Assisi Kitchen

Leader Dog For The Blind14-H Sight First First

N.E.P.A Eye Bank

Hearing & Speech Action

Hosted Blood Drives

Held Coronary Risk Factor Screening With American Heart Association


Sight Conservation & Eye Research

Built Wheel Chair Ramps For Taylor Residents.

Provided Taylor Residents With Hospital Beds,

Walkers, Canes, Wheel Chairs, Cratches & Eye Glasses