Members in the Spotlight: Lion Ken Spoerl

Ken joined the BALC after seeing the way his son, Steve, enjoyed serving in our Leo’s club at HCC. He found our information on our website and contacted Mark Wilson who is now his sponsor.  He has been active in many of our activities and headed up our Visitation Committee this past year.  Ken is employed as a project manager for PayPal. He and his wife, Sue have two children, Steve and Maria. Music is one of his passions and he enjoys concerts and playing his guitar. He also loves baseball and played competitively as a young man.

Ken enjoys being a Lion and he looks forward to serving even more in the future.

Members in the Spotlight: Lion Bob Fritschi

Lion Bob has been a Lion for 15 years and was sponsored by Jim Brown.  He served on the Sight and Hearing Committee for many years.

Bob successfully headed up the Golf Outing Group, helping make it one of our larger fund raisers still today. He was the manufacturing representative for the manufactured steel company, St. Andrews Association.  He has enjoyed hunting, skiing and golf.

Bob and his wife, Maureen, have three children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Shamrock Park Presentation to Bel Air Town Commissioners

The Bel Air Lions are celebrating their 75th year of service to the Bel Air community.   In celebration of that, and the LCI 100th anniversary, the Lions presented the Commissioners of the Town of Bel Air a check for $28,000 for a new shade pavilion, picnic table and paver floor at the Shamrock Park playground in Bel Air.    The pavilion will be constructed this fall by the Town.   The Lions will organize volunteers to install the paver floor.  The Lions have had a long history of supporting activities at Shamrock Park.

Bel Air Festival of the Arts

The Bel Air Lions once again supported the annual Festival for the Arts at Shamrock Park in Bel Air on Sunday September 17.   The Festival annually draws over 350 vendors from the mid-Atlantic region and hundreds of patrons.   The Lions, along with a total of nearly 100 students from Bel Air High School, worked in a morning shift to help vendors unload and move in; and then an afternoon shift to help vendors move out.

Lion Todd Boyle organized the volunteers for the event.

Community Collection Day

Lion Larry Shanahan led a team of 8 lions to support the Annual Community Collection Day at Bel Air High School from 8 AM – 1 PM.

Items collected are refurbished, reused or recycled.

Lions Colleen Walker, Wayne Dudeck, Will Schneider, Bob Grue, Perry Thompson, Dave Ellis and Dave Guzewich were present to direct traffic,  and collect eyeglasses, hearing aids, and cell phones.

Camp Possibilities Fundraiser

Here is something to roar about!  You can eat to your heart’s content and support Camp Possibilities at the same time.  Michelle Korbert, who has spoken to our club several times, is heading up this event and needs our help to raise scholarship money for next year’s diabetic children.

The attached flyer tells you all the details.  We’d like to have two tables from our club.  You can send your checks right to Michelle, but mark them Lions Table and let me know also that you have signed up.  Should be a fun night!


Sight Committee Update

Lion Colleen Walker provided an update on Sight Committee activities at the recent club meeting.

She demonstrated a new device that can “read” prescription labels for the visually impaired.

The club will be contributing many bags of eyeglasses to the upcoming District 22A eyeglass recycling effort on October 14 as well as assisting in the sorting effort.

Lion Howard on a Roll

Lion Howard Seeger has been on a roll!

He has won the drawing a few times over the past few months for the right to draw for the “Red Lady.”

But lucky for the rest of the club, he did not draw the elusive Queen of Hearts!!

Lion Pat Hogan Visits the Club

Lion Pat Hogan made a welcomed surprise visit to our club meeting at the Main Street Tower.

Lion Pat just returned from serving 2 years in the Peace Corps in Armenia.

While there the club was able to send her 80 pairs of glasses to distribute locally.   Pat will be back in January to give the club a full report on her adventure

Bel Air Lions Support HCAA

KL Dave, Lions John Verbillis and Bill Smith present donation check to Harford Community Action Agency (HCAA).

The HCAA’s mission is to help all Harford County individuals and families who are experiencing financial hardships in meeting their housing, food, energy/heating, and/or budget and family counseling needs. We support and encourage them on their path to self-sufficiency.