June was a busy month for the Livermore Lions Club. On June 2, the club started with a very big event, "2019 Citizen of the Year." President Ben Barrientos and the club's board voted unanimously to give the award to The Independent for 2 main reasons. First off, the topic for this year's Lions Speakers Contest was "Freedom of the Press--What does it Mean?" Secondly, this newspaper always does a great job of covering Tri-Valley news, as well as local schools and sports events.
The "2019 Citizen of the Year" was awarded to Mrs. Joan Seppala, the founder and publisher of The Independent, at a dinner attended by 200 at the Poppy Ridge Golf Club. Included in the program were 2 winners of the Speakers Contest who spoke about how important it is to have a free press. They were Sachi Uppal and Chris Gonzalez, a recent graduate of Granada High School. At the end of the dinner the Lions Club presented Joan with a big birthday cake to celebrate her 80th birthday.
The following weekend the Lions were busy, from 3:00 to 5:00 am, cooking and serving 900 pancakes to students at the Granada High School Grad Night. This was the second year the Lions helped out at this very successful event. A few hours later the Lions got their float ready to ride in the annual Rodeo Parade in downtown Livermore.
Among the many charities the Livermore Lions Club gives donations is the Grateful Garments. This is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing new clothes to the survivors of sexual violence in Alameda County. In June, the Lions gave over 50 new clothes to help out. Other clubs and organizations are invited to join the Lions in donating even more. If interested in donating to this charity, contact Ben at (925) 449-9974.