On Friday, March 25th, Brooklyn First Responders Lions Club held their Charter Night and Induction ceremony at Dolce Vita Restaurant.
This event could not happen at a better time being that it’s March and we celebrate Women’s History Month. Women have been faced with so many challenges and being in a leadership position can be an uphill battle, especially leading as a Charter President.
Charter President Dimple Willabus spoke of the idea behind the naming of the club. She explained the need for a genuine service organization to support our first responders since they are always in harm’s way. “We need to provide resources and programs for our first responders just as much as we do for everyone else!” Willabus said. She also emphasized the importance of providing support for mental health and physical well-being for all members while still going out to share resources to better our community.
Additionally, during the pandemic, Willabus mentioned the toll the extra stress and longer hours had on police officers like her husband who is a retired U.S. Marine Corps veteran and NYPD Lieutenant. “Self-care is extremely important but difficult to achieve when working long hours. However, when you are a part of an organization that promotes healthy living, like-mindedness, friendship and camaraderie, it brings a sense of security, comfort and encouragement,” said Willabus.
As part of the membership, there are police officers, teachers, doctors and other professionals in the newly-formed club. Additionally, as part of the membership is former Canarsie Lions Club President Bishop Nathan Williams.
Twenty-two members were inducted by Lions District 20-K1 Governor Anthony Cochran before a sold-out crowd of family, friends and Lions.
The sponsoring club, Richmond Hill South Ozone Park Immediate Past President Romeo Hitlall, presented Willabus with a gong and banner for the new club as it’s customary.
After the pinning ceremony and certificates were distributed, everyone had dinner.
Overall, the Charter Night was a great success. Thanks to everyone for their support, especially
Past District Governor Pauline Francis who was the MC and Guiding Lion PDG Audrey Doorn.
Brooklyn First Responders Lions Club meets monthly on the last Friday. For more information, feel free to reach out at: email@example.com.