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Saipan Unity Lions Club installs officers, inducts new members

THE Saipan Unity Lions Club installed its new officers led by president Wilfredo Barbo on Sunday night in Hibiscus Hall at theFiesta Resort & Spa.

Past District Gov. Annabelle Dancel of Guam administered the oath of office to Barbo, first vice president Lucia Buensalido, second vice president Aida Gagaring, secretary Ruth Torrecampo, treasurer Alicia Barbo, auditor Elizabeth Escober, Lion tamer Donato Galvez, tail twister Sandra Bartolome, peace officer Saturnino “Atoy” Banting, safety officer Boyet Escober, public relations officer Mary Anne David, membership chairman Jose Pepito Digno, assistant secretary Yho Villavicencio, board members Orlie Ebuen, Rommel Chrisostomo, Noemi Catigan and Agripino Buensalido. The charter adviser is Victor Venus.

Barbo said he was impressed with the accomplishments of the club, especially its various community service projects including health fairs, the Feed the Hungry program, the distribution of trash bins for various public schools, tree planting, bus stop construction and renovation.

In her remarks, immediate past president Adrialen Dela Cruz said the club has remained strong “because of the dedication of our leaders to follow the old protocols of this organization…. [We remain] united in spite of all challenges, trials and adversities.”

The guest speaker, House Minority Leader Edmund Villagomez, said the CNMI is grateful for the presence of the Lions Clubs.

“I am impressed with the services the clubs provide not only here in the commonwealth but around the world,” he said as he encouraged Lions to continue being active members of the community.

“We each have our own personal homes, but when we step out that door, and when we leave that home, we become a part of a bigger home, the community,” he said.

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang congratulated the club which is also celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Visiting Lions Club International past District Gov. Annabelle Dancel and past District Gov. Mila Alcazaren pose with Honorary Philippine Consul to the CNMI Glicerio “Eli” Arago and club officials.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

He likewise thanked the club for promoting goodwill and for the many years it has devoted to humanitarian work that benefits people from all walks of life.

“Your actions have touched the hearts of many and brought encouragement to those who also want to make a difference in our community and the world beyond our shores. Your actions are a true reflection of the Lions’ guiding principle, which is ‘You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.’ ”

In his remarks, Honorary Philippine Consul to the CNMI Glicerio “Eli” Arago said the club has become a “beacon of leadership, teamwork and volunteerism.”

He said for the past quarter of a century, the club has inspired many to be engaged and to take part in various service projects that have benefited the CNMI community.

The ceremony also included the induction of new members: Ana Liza F. Riman, Wrene Mae Alegre, Lindie Mae A. Moleno, Marissa Berganza, Elena D. Soll, Noel P. Cosquero, Gloria M. Pagarao, Yolanda Villavicencio, Ruby Pagdilao, Zoilo Galvez, Marilyn Pames, and Teresita Marquez.

The program started with an invocation led by Fr. Felipe U Rollon while the singing of the national anthem was led by the Saipan Teen Unity Leo Club.

Aida Gagaring recited the club objectives while Lucia Beansalido recited the code of ethics. Elena Soll was the mistress of ceremonies and was assisted by Joe Digno.

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