Lions District 20-E2, The Finger Lakes District
Bob Mizzoni, District Governor     Rich Shaff, Vice-Governor
District Directory 2001-2002


 Lions District 20-E2 History

During the 1972-1973 Lions year, the New York State Council of Governors approved the splitting of District 20-E into two districts. Thus were born Districts 20-E1 and 20-E2.

Our first District Governor of District 20-E2, who has been called the Father of our District, is Lion James Dormady and his First Lady is Lioness Helen Dormady.

Following Jim was Charles "Chuck" Coman, who was the first, and up until 1999 our only Council Chairman from District 20-E2. A 100% District Governor, Chuck, gave his life to Lionism, dying shortly after his year as Governor. Lion Art Peck was elected to serve as Council Chairman for the 1999-2000 Lions Year.

A listing of all Governors from District 20-E2 can be found on the last page of this document.

Since the beginning of District 20-E2 we have had 8 Clubs dropped (Atlanta, Geneva, Macedon, Naples, North Cohocton, Port Byron, Sodus Point, Watkins-Montour Falls). We have transferred one club to District 20-E1 (Walworth) and we have chartered 11 new ones (Nichols-Tioga, Canandaigua, Spencer-Candor, Trumansburg, Watkins-Montour, Painted Post, Southern Tier/Retired, Caroline, Corning Medical, Geneva, Manchester-Shortsville).

Two clubs have changed their names, Palmyra to Pal-Mac and East Bloomfield-Holcomb to Bloomfield.

The District restructured in 1984 when it went from five (5) regions down to four (4). This restructuring was done to improve communications and cut down on the cost of the district.

The name of Deputy District Governor, for each region, was changed in 1990 to Region Chairman.

In 1993, the District elected its first Vice District Governor, Lion Ed Kretsch.

We have seen the growth of Lioness Clubs in our District. The first club certified was Wolcott in 1976, followed by Horseheads, then Cohocton, Newfield, Shortsville/Manchester, Naples, Corning, Tioga County, Ithaca, Sodus with the Rainbow Lioness being the latest addition, in 1992, the first club chartered instead of certified. The Naples Club was dropped in 1993, the Ithaca Club was dropped in 1999 and the Shortsville/Manchester Club converted to a Lions Club in 2000.

The first District Lioness Club chairman was appointed in 1977. Later in 1982 the District added a Lioness Interface chair person and the first woman to the District Cabinet (Rhonda Bickerton and later Marilyn Jackson). In 1985 the structure and names changed to District Lioness Liaison with two Regional Lioness Leaders, one for Regions 1 and 2 called the Gold Region and the other for Regions 3 and 4 called the Purple Region. Leonard Jackson served as the Liason, with Lioness Marilyn Jackson and Helen Dormady Regional Leader.

After the International Lions Organization, in 1992, discontinued the Lioness Office at International and restructured the organization so that the Lioness were under the guidance of their local sponsoring club and not that of International, the District voted to support the Lioness Organization and maintain their structure of Lioness Liaison with two Regional Leaders.

In 1992 the District added a special award to be given to the outstanding Lioness of the District. The award was named "District Governor's Lioness Achievement Award."

The Past District Governors Organization of District 20-E2 was started in 1984. Its prime objective was to assist the District Governor by coordinating the Officers Training Seminar and the Fall Conference, always with his involvement and approval.

It was established that the President of the District PDG Organization would be the sitting Director of the State PDG Organization for District 20-E2.

The District Projects  have changed slightly from the beginning with the addition of the following projects in the club years indicated:

Diabetes 1978-79
Leader Dog for the Blind 1980-81
Vacation Camp for the Blind 1982-83
Guide Dog 1982-83
Lioness Coordination/Liaison 1982-83
Journey for Sight 1982-83
Substance Abuse - Drug Awareness 1983-84
FLRLHF-Hearing Foundation 1984-85
Quest 1985-86
Special Projects 1989-90
NYS Lions Foundation 1992-93
Hearing - Mobility Dogs 1994-95
We currently have 31 District Projects.

Melvin Jones Fellowship

The first Melvin Jones Fellowship
was received in February 1988 by Lion Wayne Wagner of Penn Yan. Since that time the following Lions/Lioness members have received fellowships:

Melvin Jones Fellows - 12/31/2001
Lion/Lioness Club Lion/Lioness Club
Douglas Aldrich Union Springs Kenneth Appleton Penn Yan
Robert Baker Lansing Michael Baratta Apalachin
Donna Barto Big Flats Robert Barto Corning
Lyman Beecher Penn Yan Ronald BeGell Corning
Gordon Berndt Victor Arthur Bratton Lansing
Raymond Buckley Lansing Eugene Bucknam Pal-Mac
Joseph Carey Corning Harold Chidsey Penn Yan
Betty Coman Wolcott Lioness Gail Cordes Corning
Russell Corser Pal-Mac Sherman Cotton Victor
Perry Courtright So. Tier Ret. Myron Crispino Corning
Timothy Davidson Elmira Dr. Don Dolan Corning
Jim Dormady Ithaca Calvin Drake Watkins-Montour
Gerald Early Corning Donald Eaton Horseheads
Harry Ecker, Jr. Corning Dr. Ed Cordes Corning
Arthur Elliott Victor Bernard Farnsworth North Rose
John Fladd Rushville Ralph French Corning
Romulus French Penn Yan Harvey Gage Rushville
Eugene Gauger, Sr. Cato Meridian Garnard Greatsinger Penn Yan
Lawrence Green Pal-Mac Bruce Hansen Penn Yan
Jack Harter So. Tier Ret. Rudy Hauptman Corning
Ron Havard Ithaca Rod Heffron Bloomfield
Willard Heikkila Corning Donna Henry Tioga Co. Lioness
Jordan Hopkins Penn Yan George Hunt Corning
George Johns Pal-Mac George Kapral Corning
Richard Kemp Phelps Adrian Ketchum Painted Post
James Killam Painted Post Robert Larder Penn Yan
Jackie Leach Rainbow Lioness Paul Leach Nichols Tioga
Howard Longhouse Lansing Bruce Ludwig Owego
Joseph Lunga Union Springs William Lynch Waverly
George Lynd Ovid-Willard Lawrence Marr Pal-Mac
Henry McDougal Rushville Joseph Metz, Jr. Lansing
Clarence Miller Penn Yan David Momeyer Corning
John Palmer Horseheads Philip Patterson Watkins-Montour
David Payne Penn Yan Arthur Peck Watkins-Montour
Richard Peer Corning Michael Petrus, Jr. Newark
Harold Phelps Owego Anthony Pulos Watkins-Montour
Wiliam Randolph Watkins-Montour Betty Richards Owego
James Rider Ithaca Pete Romani Ithaca
James Rooney Newark Ronald Sampson Penn Yan
Walter Scheuer Watkins-Montour Rich Shaff Ithaca
James Smith Painted Post Walter Smith Corning
Ray Stewart Penn Yan Robert Swinnerton Watkins-Montour
John Terry Watkins-Montour Dr. Tom Landry Corning
Fred Trost Victor Maynard VanEtten Corning
Terry VanEtten Corning Julius Vitticore Clyde
Elliot Vorce Penn Yan Wayne Wagner Penn Yan
Bob Ward Weedsport Richard Watson Pal-Mac
Richard Weber Spencer-Candor John Wertz Corning
Sheldon West Campbell . .

       In 1986 there were four (4) District Awards established:

PDG Jack Smith Award - for advancement of Lionism in the District
PDG Chuck Coman Award - for best Club Bulletin in the District
PDG Bill Brewerton Award - for hardest working Lion/Lioness at the Club level.
PDG John Poore Award - for Lion/Lioness most involved in humanitarian
              service to Club, District, or Organization.

PDG Memorial Award

In 1990 the PDG Memorial Award was established. This award is given to a Lion with 7 years or less service that has developed within Lionism and considered to be a future leader within the District.

International Awards

Beginning in 1988, Lions International started giving out two significant international awards. These awards are the "International President's Leadership Award" and the "Presidential Medal"..

Since 1988 the following have been recipients of these awards:

International Presidents Award
1988 Lion Bob Barto
1989 Lions George Johns - Jim Dormady
1990 Lion Alan Akers
1991 Lion Dr. Ed Cordes
1992 Lion Dr. Ed Cordes
1993 Lion E. Ted Brewerton
1994 Lion Jim Dormady
1995 Lion Paul Leach
Presidential Medal
1990 Lion Jim Dormady
1993 Lion Mike Baratta
1994 Dr. Lion Ed Cordes


District Leadership/Service Award - Each year the District selects one Lion who exemplifies the qualities of leadership and service within his Club and District, and presents that person with the Distinguished District Leadership/Service Award at the State Convention. The recipients of this award since it was begun in 1978-79 are:

District Leadership/Service Award Recipients for District 20-E2
Year Recipient Club
1978-79 Frank Phillips Corning
1979-80 Ted Brewerton Rushville
1980-81 Paul Leach Nichols-Tioga
1981-82 Roy Heffernan Apalachin
1982-83 Clyde Van Arsdale Ithaca
1983-84 Bob "Snowshoe" Gallup Newfield
1984-85 Bill Seitz Ithaca
1985-86 Walt Jacobus Big Flats
1986-87 Gary Eckert Naples
1987-88 Bruce Ludwig Owego
1988-89 Sheldon West Campbell
1989-90 Lee Farron North Rose
1990-91 Tom Stephens Twin Cities
1991-92 Wayne Wagner Penn Yan
1992-93 Joe Moroz Rushville
1993-94 Gil Henry Owego
1994-95 Terry Van Etten Corning
1995-96 John Sobotka Apalachin
1996-97 Dick Weber Spencer-Candor
1997-98 Richard Shaff Ithaca
1998-99 Art Elliot Victor
1999-00 Mark Letham Ithaca
2000-01 George Pentice Ovid-Willard

District 20-E2 District Governors
Year District Governor Club
1973-74 James Dormady Ithaca
1974-75 Charles Coman Wolcott
1975-76 George Johns Pal-Mac
1976-77 George Hunt Corning
1977-78 Peter Romani Ithaca
1978-79 John Palmer Horseheads
1979-80 William Robinson Lansing
1980-81 Robert Barto Corning
1981-82 Robert Ward Weedsport
1982-83 Paul Leach Nichols-Tioga
1983-84 Ray Wojciulewicz Union Springs
1984-85 Harry McClure Horseheads
1985-86 Ted Brewerton Rushville
1986-87 Allan Akers Newfield
1987-88 Michael Baratta Apalachin
1988-89 Edward Cordes Corning
1989-90 Bruce Ludwig Owego
1990-91 John Wertz Corning
1991-92 Lee Farron North Rose
1992-93 Richard McClure Horseheads
1993-94 Ronald Havard Ithaca
1994-95 Edward Kretsch Owego
1995-96 Fred Trost Victor
1996-97 Ron BeGell Corning
1997-98 Fred Daniels Waverly
1998-99 Art Peck Watkins-Montour
1999-00  John Sobotka  Apalachin
2000-01  Jim Killam  Painted Post


History written and compiled by PDG Paul Leach - we dedicate this page to his memory.
Revised October 1997 by Lioness Betty Coleman.