PINE GROVE, CA - The Up Country 88 Lions Club recognized Joseph Bonini as its 2018 Lion of the Year during its recent annual installation dinner at Pine Grove Mobile Home Estates’ Clubhouse.
Recently retired, Bonini has been an active member of Lions Clubs International for 47 years. He has served in every board position in the club except one.
“Lion Joe has always been willing to support Lions Club projects, especially our annual Omelet Feed and Raffle and next month’s Golf Tournament fundraiser,” said Outgoing Club President Gail Cates. “His tenure with the Up Country 88 Lions Club has been marked with outstanding loyalty and dedication to Lionism. He exemplifies our motto: “We Serve – Our Community”. At the end of the Lion-year, members voted on that outstanding individual who demonstrated the ideals of Lionism through service to the club and most importantly to the upcountry communities of Pine Grove, Pioneer and the surrounding areas.
Additionally, outgoing and incoming officers were recognized for their service to the civic organization by 4-A1 District Governor Eileen Guadagnolo, the Installing Officer. Three members were then honored as charter members, having served since the club’s inception in 1979: Lion Larry Richey, Lion Tom Trassare and Lion Bill Cramer.
Following the presentation of the Lion of the Year pin and certificate, Cates passed the President’s bell and gavel to the new Incoming President Lion Joe Bonini.