Chicago, June 10, 2013: District 1-A, Mother District of Lionism held its Cabinet Awards and Governor’s Installation today at the Elmcrest Banquet Hall, Elmwood Park with great colors. Steve Anton welcomed the gathering and Wes Salsbury emceed the program.
Dr. Richard Racuba was inducted by Ralph Koller as Lions of Illinois Foundation Trustee from District 1-A. Then Dr. Austin Prabhu inducted I Vice District Governor Terry D’Souza and II Vice District Governor Ralph Zarada with his signature candle ceremony. He asked vice district governors to learn every step of the way to lead district when they fit into governor’s shoes in few years. He read Lions Code of Ethics and reminded them to follow them religiously to keep faith and trust in one another as leaders of the district.
Terry D’Souza gave an example of Mother Teresa for her community services in Calcutta and all over the world and called Lions as her followers in service to the needy people. She said that when she visited Mother Teresa’s home in Calcutta last year, she was very much impressed to see how those nuns were serving less fortunate without looking at their caste, creed or religion. Let us sacrifice and help our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate in this world she called all lion leaders gathered to this ceremony.
Dan O’Reilly gave away International President’s Medal to Chris Coleman and International President’s Certificates to Dave Hansen, Ernie Lapid and Gerry Crisostomo for their hard work for the growth of Lionism in District 1-A. Dr. Austin was able to bring in one new club this year namely, Chicago Jose Rizal Lions Club. Bob Hoffmann, Millie Koller, Ralph Koller, Ray Jachim, Tina Gaddy, Steve Anton, Rick Herpich, Dan O’Reilly, Catherine Rondinelli and Paul Tim were also honored with International President’s special certificates of appreciation for their successful chairmanships.
Governor Dr. Austin Prabhu thanked all cabinet members with a memento to remember. He asked lions to be the lit candles in their communities to serve and brighten their lives. Also he thanked all cabinet members and club officers and lions, lionesses and leos for making his year for the second time as governor a successful one.
Steven Solomon entertained the gathering with his electronic organ music and live singing.