The CNMI government recently acknowledged the Lions Clubs in the CNMI for humanitarian services to the community for over two decades now.
The recognition was done during the induction ceremony for the newly installed District 204 Region 2 officers at the Fiesta Hall of Hafadai Beach Hotel in Garapan last Oct. 13.
Gov. Benigno R. Fitial and Lt. Gov. Eloy S. Inos commended the Lions for their “steadfast commitment and service” as well as exemplary contributions to the islands and its people.
The governor's special assistant, Danny Buniag, presented on their behalf a plaque of appreciation to the Lions.
The Senate also had its own resolution for the Lions, which was presented by Sen. Jude Hofschneider.
“The Lions Club helps to restore sight by conducting vision screenings, equipping hospital and clinics, distributing medicine, and raising awareness about eye diseases. The Lions have also extended their commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts and through their international 'Sight First Program,' which works to eradicate blindness,” stated the resolution adopted on Oct. 11.
Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan served as the guest speaker and talked about co-sponsoring a U.S. legislation, H.R. 2139, recognizing Lions Club nationally and internationally through a commemorative $1 coin to mark the group's centennial, saying that 400,000 coins will be minted in 2017.
District 204 Governor Herbie Perez inducted the new Region 2 officers, namely Region II chair Ladyvir Canape, Zone 1 chair Ruth Torrecampo, assistant cabinet secretary Olivia Yana, assistant cabinet treasurer Nelida Atalig, assistant cabinet public relations officer Maria Annamae Adaza, assistant cabinet sergeant-at-arms Sancho Escober.
Perez also inducted the co-chairpersons, and they are Lolita Velasco, cultural and community activities; Agripino Buensalido, environmental awareness; Noemi Catigan and Erlinda Arriola, youth camp and exchange program; Elizabeth Escobar, women's membership; Apollo M. Madriaga, information technology; Mario Mayuga, district convention and alert for Saipan; and Eli Arago, chair for public relations and Lions information.
In her remarks, Perez reminded her fellow Lions that they are all leaders in their district and they need to consciously focus on new ideas, develop action plans, and share responsibility to ensure that their plans are fulfilled.
“This journey is not mine alone but our journey together in a world of service,” said Perez.
There are three Lions Clubs on Saipan: the Saipan Fil-Am Lions Club, Saipan Unity Lions Club, and Saipan Marianas Lions Club.