On June 5, Chemistry Professor Charles Wynn Sr. was installed as president of the Willimantic Lions Club for 2012-13. The ceremony was held in the Desrosier-Bernard Room of Windham Community Memorial Hospital. Wynn, an active member of the Willimantic Lions Club for the past nine years, said, "I am looking forward to continuing the Willimantic Lion Club's commitment to serving the community by promoting its service and fundraising projects."
Other Eastern staff members who are current members of the Willimantic Lions Club include David Oyanadel, ITS technical support specialist, who is the club treasurer; Education Professor David Stoloff, who has served on the Lions Club board of directors; Lawrence Schmitz, coordinator of Eastern's Veteran's Center; and Michael Wolter, part-time instructor in Eastern's Business Administration Department.
Since the club's chartering in 1941, its members have worked on a variety of projects in the local community, such as the Windham Invitational Special Olympics Swim Meet, Annual Lions Peace Poster Contest and Lions Eye Health Program Vision Screenings. Proceeds from past fundraising events have gone to the Connecticut Radio Information System (CRIS) Talking Newsstand for the Blind and Print-Handicapped; Fidelco Guide Dog Program; Windham Area Interfaith Ministry (WAIM); and the local No Freeze Shelter and Covenant Soup Kitchen.
Above, left, Charles Wynn receives the President's Pin from outgoing Willimantic Lions Club president, Robert Barron. Left, Keith Lemire, immediate past district governor of Lions Clubs District 23C, presents Wynn with the Ambassador of Sight Award of the Lions Low Vision Centers of Connecticut.