Written by Christopher Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - On Jan. 7, Peter Bachiochi, professor of psychology at Eastern Connecticut State University, was named the recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the International Foundation Willimantic Lions Club. Bachiochi was presented the award at the Groton Inn and Suites.
Bachiochi has been faculty advisor of Eastern's Habitat for Humanity student organization for more than 10 years. In addition to advising this group, Bachiochi serves as a role model by sleeping in a cardboard box on Habitat for Humanity Shackathon Day and taking students on a weeklong Habitat project each year during Spring Break, including a visit to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Of special significance to the Lions, Bachiochi has co-coordinated several Partnership for Humanity projects in which Lions Club members and Habitat for Humanity student organization members work together, painting the homes of needy Willimantic residents.
"Our club wanted to recognize a non-Lion whose efforts on behalf of humanity were outstanding," said David Oyanadel, chairman of the Willimantic Lions Club Humanitarian Award Committee and technical support specialist at Eastern. "We had no difficulty selecting Peter Bachiochi as that person."
Lions Clubs International has 1.35 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 206 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.
For information about the Willimantic Lions Club, visit http://www.willimanticct.lionwap.org/ or contact Club President Bob Barron at (860) 303-7375. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org.