From left: Fire Chief Steve Leinoff , Past Lions Club President Gary Degasta, Town Manager Herb Durfee,Police Chief, Doug Robinson and King Lion Warren Thayer

Norwich Lions Donate a New Flag Pole to the Town


Submitted 10 months ago
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Demo Sofronas

On January 8, 2017, Gary Degasta, President of the Norwich Lions Club convened a meeting to discuss the Lions Centennial year 2017 – and to identify and undertake a significant and meaningful Legacy Project.

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The Centennial Legacy project offers the club and opportunity for visibility in the community, educates citizens about Lionism, strengthen community relations, and serve as a club team building exercise. It also is a good tool to promote membership.

He invited key personnel/chairpersons and members of the newly formed Centennial and Public relations & communications committee to join him in a brainstorming session.

A smaller group was then selected to conduct follow up meetings in hopes of identifying some worthy projects that we could do to give back to the community.

The committee met on several occasions and identified some projects that could be done.

One that was selected and approved by the membership was for a flagpole for the new Public Safety facility.

As the public relations chairperson of the Norwich Lions Club, I was tasked with attending a Select board meeting to discuss the Lions Club International Centennial Project and to announce that we voted to donate $1,800 towards a flagpole for the Police/Fire public safety building.

Herb Durfee, the Town Manager attended our meeting and made a presentation on the new building that was starting to take shape. The building is coming along and the flagpole has since been installed.

Lion Demo Sofronas introduced Warren Thayer and Gary Degasta to the Select board and they made a joint presentation.

If you wish to see the presentation, click here. Then select the January 10 Norwich select board meeting from the video on demand screen. The presentation is near the start during Public Comments section.

King Lion Warren Thayer stated:

“It is my privilege as President of the Norwich Lions Club to present this Check for $ 1800.00 to the town to cover the purchase of a flagpole and flag at the new headquarters of the Police and Fire departments.

It is perhaps especially fitting that this presentation comes around the time of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Please accept this donation on behalf of your friends at the Lions Club, and join me in thanking the members of our police and fire departments for their tireless commitment to keep us all safe.”

Photo by Demo Sofronas

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