San Pedro Lions celebrate 28th anniversary

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 40            October 30, 2003

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Lions Costume Party winner (Headless Man) and finalists

"Today as we celebrate our anniversary we should remember to uphold the Lions motto 'We Serve,'" were the words spoken by San Pedro Lion Club President Milo Paz Jr. as he welcomed members and friends to the SP Lions 28th anniversary celebration. This year, the Lions of "La Isla Bonita" opted for a more informal ceremony to commemorate this joyous occasion. Honoring the Club during their anniversary costume party was Belize Lions Zone 59 Chairman Lion Alberto "Beto" Mahler of Belize City, as well as visiting Lions from Belize City, Belmopan and San Estevan.

    During the anniversary program, Lion Felix Ayuso was presented with a commemorative membership (increase) pin for aiding in the growth of the Belize Lions family last year. The San Pedro Lions Tail Twister Melanie Paz then tickled the crowd's funny bones as she humored the audience with some very comical jokes. The San Pedro Dance Company also performed entertaining dance presentations and two raffles were drawn during the evening. The first prize (a toaster) was won by Angie Ellis and the second prize (a blender) was won by David Gonzalez.

    The Belize Lions Zone Chairman Alberto Mahler had the distinct pleasure of offering the anniversary toast. During his remarks, the Zone Chairman stated, "San Pedro is a strong and dynamic Lions Club - a model Club; a Club whose members have put aside their differences in the interest of their community, the island of San Pedro." Lion Mahler went on to salute the Club's four Melvin Jones Fellows - Abel Guerrero Sr., Edilberto "Beto" Marin, Celi McCorkle and Alfredito Alamilla (deceased). He also saluted and toasted the founding members who had the vision to start the San Pedro Lions Club, but most importantly, those who had not lost that vision and are still active members today. He saluted Lions Abel Guerrero Sr., Edilberto Marin, Alberto Nuñez, Ramon Nuñez Sr., Felipe Paz Sr., Pedro Salazar Sr., Angel Nuñez and Francisco Verde.

San Pedro High School Band "Tribal Sounds" performs for Lions
    Following the "serenata" birthday song, the gathering enjoyed a scrumptious dinner followed by dance music provided by the San Pedro High School "Tribal Sounds."

    As noted earlier, this year's celebration featured a costume party and those in disguise vied for first prize - a 19-inch color television. After midnight, the three semi-finalists were chosen by popular applause from the crowd. In the end, it was the Headless Man (Velie Williams) who took home the first prize. The other two finalists were Dancing Mariachi (Bobby Lopez of Belmopan) and the Vampire Stripper (Felix Ayuso). The crowd then danced the night away and enjoyed fellowship until the wee hours of the morning.         

    On Sunday, October 26th the Lions of Belize Zone 59 congregated at the San Pedro Lions Den for a scheduled Cabinet meeting. Lions from throughout Belize took this opportunity to discuss important matters concerning Lionism and ways of recruiting new members and reinforcing the Clubs. Each Club representative gave a full report of their activities and projects held. It was stated that the next Cabinet meeting will be held in Belmopan on November 30th, 2003, following their Club's anniversary celebration.
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