Eden Mercado was re-elected as president of the Saipan Fil-American Lions for the year 2020-2021 in a virtual election held last month. She will serve a term from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.
“I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all our members placing their trust and confidence in my ability to lead our club once again. It is indeed my great honor and privilege to accept the position,” said Mercado.
She also cited Annamae Adaza, the outgoing region chairwoman, for guiding her and always being behind the scenes for the entire year.
Other officers elected were Maria Huliganga, who was elected first vice president, Milagros Pellegrino was elected second vice president, Mario Mayuga is secretary, May Sante is assistant secretary, Avelina Reyes was elected treasurer, Mildred Pabilando is the assistant treasurer, Arman Amog was elected auditor, and Maria Adaza was elected LCIF coordinator.
Maria Labadan was elected club membership chair, Ernesto Molina Jr. was elected club service chair, Leonila Mendoza was elected club marketing communications chair, Teogenes Mendoza was elected the lion tamer, Anna Mercado was elected tail twister, Rhose Prado was elected club director, Jean Pumatong and Lucilita Sante were elected first year directors, Cielita Cascasan and Edmin Elayda were elected second year directors, and Arturo Ancheta, Raul Dolotina, Jaime Peralta, Segundo Lapeceros Jr, and Alex Amaro were elected safety officers.
“To all elected officers and members, our current situation may be a bit challenging due to pandemic, but we have proven that we can still serve our community in our little ways, and we will continue doing so as we fulfill together our Lions’ theme, ‘United in Kindness and Diversity,’ Mercado said.
Mayuga said the club is still in the planning stage on their induction. “It is a huge challenge now to plan for activities due to the new normal that we are embracing, [while] adopting all the health protocols.”
Additionally, the club has several projects lined up but they are prioritizing those that will not require much funding. “We are receiving some donations, though, and we are making sure that we give that to our community.”
Those who want to join the Lions Club may call Mercardo at 788-2416 or Mayuga at 285-1021. To learn more about the Lions Club International, visit www.lionsclub.org.