Lions Club holds annual senior appreciation luncheon
Every year on the first Saturday in December — this year, Dec. 1 — Catasauqua Lions Club hosts a luncheon for Catasauqua and North Catasauqua seniors.
“This is our 30th year doing the dinner. People come here from all over and enjoy lunch,” said Joseph Tognoli after the luncheon, held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Howertown Road, Catasauqua.
Any senior living in the area is invited to the event. This year, nearly 100 seniors attended, and the Lions delivered 55 dinners to shut-ins.
The local Lions group was founded in 1972. One of the original members of the group, Richard Herman, attended to help out the staff. At one time, Catasauqua and North Catasauqua had a full complement of service organizations from a rotary club to the Lions, but only the Lions remain active.
“Everyone is busy with so much that needs to be done,” Tognoli said.
“It’s more than just a meal. Some of these people don’t get a chance to see each other until we have this lunch. We had a couple of people in today who were in school together,” he said.
The Lions Club is looking for new members. They meet at Slovak Center Social Club, 1223 Fifth St., North Catasauqua, 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month.
“We have members in Catasauqua and North Catasauqua. Some of the original members who moved away still keep in touch and support the club,” Frank Reap said.
The original Lions Club began in 1936. One of the club’s trademark services is collecting no-longer-needed or out-of-date eyewear.
“That idea started when Helen Keller gave a talk at the national convention,” Reap said.
The luncheon is not all eating and catching up with old acquaintances. North Catasauqua We Sing Community Chorus entertained everyone with a host of familiar Christmas carols.