The members of the Shoe City Lions Club are planning their 18th annual “Women of the Year” Awards Dinner on June 18, 2015 which will be held in the Garden Terrace Room at the Danversport Yacht Club. This year we will again be honoring two well respected women in our community, Eileen Lessard and Dorothy Macaione.
Eileen Lessard has been a mainstay at St. Pius V Parish for over 30 years. Through the years, Eileen has served her community in many capacities as a member of the Chevrus-Sacred Heart School Board, secretary of the Lynn Community Committee, and parent aide for Catholic Charities for 6 years working directly with families in need. She served as treasurer and secretary of Habitat for Humanity of the North Shore for which she has been a member of the Family Selection Committee for over 20 years, which helped St. Pius V earn the Judy L. Hilliard Community Service Award. She has also served as secretary for Lynnfield Community Church for the past 16 years. Eileen was awarded the Distinguished Graduate Award in 2006 from the National Department of Catholic Education and also received the Chevrus Award in 2012, the highest honor a layperson can receive from the Archdiocese of Boston. Besides her office work, she has worked with the Social Committee to host pancake breakfasts, pasta dinners, ham and bean suppers, clothing drives, blanket and towel drives, school supply collections for Lynn city schools, food drives for local food pantries, and many parish fundraisers. She is known as the “Queen of Raffles” by her family. Eileen is the mother of three daughters, Kristine, Lori and Keri, and the grandmother of seven grandchildren.
Dorothy Macaione graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1937. She worked for Premier Shoe Shop, T.W. Rogers, the Dime Store and General Electric. Dorothy also served her country as a Red Cross First Aid Instructor and Air Raid Warden. Dorothy married her beloved husband, James, in 1946 and started a family, which includes her daughters Dorothy Thibodeau and Mary-Ann Macaione, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She has always been close to her sister, Sister Dorothy Marie Langlois, who is a member of the Sisters of Holy Cross in South Bend, Indiana. Dorothy has spent a great deal of her life giving to others through volunteerism. Some of her many notable activities include Girl Scouts starting in 1956 and continuing to the present day, Lioness Club 1985 to1992, becoming a Charter Member of Shoe City Lions Club in1992 where she has held several positions including her current position on the Board of Directors. Dottie was awarded the distinguished Melvin Jones Award, the highest award given to a Lion. She is a Board Member of Massachusetts Senior Action Committee (North Shore Chapter), resident representative and volunteer for St. Theresa House, avid knitter and quilter, often using these skills to help those in need, including those she has touched as a result of her work for the St. Mary’s Church Shawl Ministry and Centerboard in Lynn.
During our program both of these deserving and remarkable women will be honored by friends and colleagues, and they will receive awards from the Shoe City Lions Club for their dedication and service to the Lynn community. Dinner will be served at 7:00 P.M., preceding the awards program, and will include boneless breast of chicken, potato, vegetable, salad, and dessert. A Social Hour will be held at 6:00 P.M. in the Garden Terrace Room. We will also have our popular raffle table with a large variety of gift items. (All proceeds from this raffle will benefit Lions Eye Research Charities.)
We hope you will participate in this special event by attending and/or placing an ad in the Souvenir Program Booklet. Please refer to the attached forms for ticket and ad information.
Please mark your calendar for “Women of the Year” on June 18, 2015.
It will be a memorable evening of delicious food, fun, and an opportunity to honor two exemplary women!