THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 Page 13 Saugus Lions Club celebrates 90 years M embers and guests of the Saugus Lions Club gathered in the Saugus Knights of Columbus Hall last Saturday (June 8) to celebrate the 90th year since the organization’s founding in Saugus. NEWLY INSTALLED: The Saugus Lions Clubs’ officers and directors for 2019-20 gather with new members during last Saturday’s 90th birthday party. SAUGUS LION CLUB’S FIRST FAMILY: Newly installed Saugus Lions Club President George Meimaris and his wife, Rahel, hold their 14-month-old daughter Barbara after George’s installation as president for 2019-2020. George holds a ceremonial candle to light the way. THE HALF-CENTURY CLUB: The three longestserving members of the Saugus Lions Club each have more than 50 years of service to the club: left to right, Eugene Decareau, Arthur Gustafson and Ralph Carbone at last Saturday night’s 90th birthday celebration. At age 89, Decareau is the oldest. With 53 years of service, Gustafson is the club’s most veteran member. GLAD TO BE HERE: Left to right, Dwight R. Beatty, the new plant manager at Wheelabrator Saugus, and Jack Walsh, a community relations official at Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc., enjoy the Lions Club celebration. A GOOD FEED: Steve Decareau, a 1973 Saugus High School graduate and a son of Saugus Lions Club legend Eugene Decareau, carries a full plate of eats catered by Daniella’s of Danvers. RECOGNIZING A GREAT LION: Left to right, Tom Traverse is recognized by Immediate Past President Benjamin Penta as this year’s Melvin Jones Award winner. The award, which was created in 1973, takes the name of the founder of Lions Club International, Melvin Jones. This was the sixth time that Traverse received the honor, which recognizes a member’s dedication to humanitarian service during the year. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE: Immediate Past President Benjamin Penta receives a plaque from newly installed President George Meimaris at last Saturday’s (March 8) 90th birthday celebration for the Saugus Lions Club. WELCOME TO OUR CLUB: Two new members are installed in the Saugus Lions Club. Left to right, new club member Barbara Geary, and her sponsor, club member Katie Sirois; veteran Saugus Lions Club member Eugene Decareau, with the new member he sponsored, Valerie Haven. CONGRATULATIONS FROM BEACON HILL: Tony Spaziale, left, the newly installed second vice president of the Saugus Lions Club, receives a special proclamation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives – presented by State Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) – recognizing the Lions Club for 90 years of service in Saugus. (Saugus Advocate Photos by Mark E. Vogler) FULL HOUSE: A crowd of more than 100 Saugus Lions and their guests filled the Saugus Knights of Columbus Hall last Saturday night at the club celebrated its 90th birthday. A PERSONAL BIRTHDAY: Left to right, Saugus Lions Club Secretary Patty Fierro holds a birthday cake for the club’s incoming secretary, David Wilson, who was celebrating his birthday last Saturday when the Lions Club celebrated its 90th anniversary in Saugus.

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