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Lions Club honors two community volunteers and NCES principal

NORTH CANAAN — On Thursday evening, Aug. 12, the Canaan Northwest Lions Club hosted an awards ceremony dinner at the Pilgrim House in North Canaan, to honor three community members. The program was led by John Mahoney, club president. 

Ed Fenton, the Lions Club district governor, opened the ceremony by speaking about the Rose Amanda Freeman Award, named after the wife of the founder of Lions Club International, Melvin Jones. 

Two people received the Rose Amanda Freeman Award for their service: Elizabeth Kowalski and Gladys Wilcox. Helen Mahoney, club secretary, spoke of the many accomplishments of Elizabeth Kowalski, who has been a Lions Club member for almost 40 years, during which time she has served as an officer and chairperson. Louise Riley, director of Fishes and Loaves, introduced Gladys Wilcox, who is not a Lion member, but is deserving of this award as a steadfast volunteer for the Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry for the last 14 years. Both of these women have demonstrated a long-term commitment to serving the community. 

John Mahoney spoke on behalf of the Lion of the Year recipient, Alicia Roy, principal of North Canaan Elementary School. This award goes to the outstanding Lion for the year. He expressed the Lions Club appreciation for her service to the school community under extraordinarily difficult circumstances this past year due to COVID-19.

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