Las Vegas, NV – The Las Vegas Legacy Lions Club (LVLLC), now on its third year of outstanding service to the community, installed its officers and new members for 2016-2017 at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino on Saturday, September 10. Past Lions District 46 Governor Lion Noni Rybka installed the officers while Lion Donald Watson, D46/Zone4C chair, inducted the new members. This was learned from Cynthia Deriquito, LVLLC Charter president and Past Lions Zone 4C chair.
Installed into office were Dante F. Fontimayor, president; Rosabelle M. Calbay, first vice-president; One Miguel Arkangel, second vice president; Cynthia G. Deriquito, secretary; Bianca S. Bataclan, assistant secretary; Veronica L. Fontimayor, treasurer; Jesusa J. Barro, auditor; Aldy Calbay, PRO-Internal; Michael StaJuana, PRO-External; Emelene Garcia, Lion Tamer; Ruby Hao, Tail Twister; Resty M. Lopez, Membership chairperson; Frank Hao, Kathleen Deriquito, Noel Lopez, and Carlos Garcia, Board of Directors; Salve Vargas Edelman, Guiding Lion; and Past Lion District 46 Governor Noni Rybka, adviser.
In his acceptance speech, Fontimayor announced the LVLLC’s centerpiece project will focus on re-building a Lunch Counter for San Pascual Elementary School in San Narciso, Zambales in the Philippines.
In June 2016, prior to his formal installation as LVLLC president, Fontimayor and his wife Veronica, traveled to San Pascual Elementary School and distributed backpacks filled with school supplies to some 150 students. During their tour of the school, a dilapidated cafeteria which serves as school Lunch Counter, caught the attention of Fontimayor. On the spot, he decided to make it his priority project to re-build the cafeteria for the teachers and children of the school.
Fontimayor said that LVLLC will continue its support of all projects related to the Lions FirstSight Foundation, a major program of the Lions Club International (LCI).
Among these ongoing projects, which started with Charter President Cynthia Deriquito’s term, are the “Kids FirstSight, “ a program that provides vision screening to Nevada’s pre-school, pre-verbal children, six months to six years of age, to identify eye problems and diseases such as amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed-eyes) at their reversible and curable stages before they reach the age of six; the Nevada Early Intervention Services (NEIS) which provides regular vision screenings to children and their families; to partner with Lens Crafters on its “OneSight Eye Van” project; and to carry on collecting eyeglasses for recycling in support of LCI’s SightFirst Foundation.
According to Fontimayor, the club will also continue its tradition of participating in the Opportunity Village’s “Magical Fores,” an annual Christmas event, and engage in other community outreach activities in the Filipino American community.
In 2014, then president Deriquito, in tandem with Resty Lopez who followed her into the presidency in 2015, personally donated $2000 toward the purchase of a $7,500 Spot Vision Screener─ a vital instrument essential to the fulfillment of its priority project: vision screening for Nevada children and their families─ with $5,500 coming from various individual donors and other Lions clubs.
Other recent projects of LVLLC under the past administrations include financial assistance of $2,450 toward the construction of a library for the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), a project proposed by Rosabelle and Aldy Calbay, first vice president and PRO/Intrnal respectively, in response to the needs of PUP students. The money came from club fundraising activities such as mahjong sessions, a popularity contest, a bowling tournament, and a golf tournament in addition to Club members’ personal contributions.
Considered the largest Charter Club in District 46 that encompasses Nevada, the LVLLC falls under the Family Membership and Military Club category. It has 81 Charter members composed of spouses who had either served or currently serving in the military, their siblings and children.
Though still in its infancy, the three-year-old club is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Patches from Lions Club International (LCI). For its pioneering effort to establish a family-cum-military Lions club, the LVLLC received its first Patch from the LCI.
Then in 2015, the club sponsored the Coronado Leo Club, a school-based Alpha Leo Club with 65-75 youth members. Leo Clubs provide community services to students as part of their high school curriculum. For this, LVLLC scored its second Patch from the LCI as Leo Club Sponsor, and remains its host club that supports their projects and guides them during meetings.
For more information and details on how interested readers can help and support LVLLC’s various fundraising efforts to fund community projects in Las Vegas and in the Philippines, please contact Fundraising Event chairs Lion Cynthia Derequito at (702) 338-8570 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and Lion Veronica Fontimayor at (757) 348-6616.