While the development of close personal friendships is a common experience among members of the Saddle River Valley Lions Club, a pair of the club’s newest inductees recently found out that entry into the organization can occasionally become something of a ‘family affair.’
One of these two newly-minted Lions, Kathy Moore, is the wife of Lion Justin Moore, himself a member of the club since 2011. But the family’s involvement with the organization doesn’t stop there. One of their three children, daughter Elyse, is a founding member of the recently formed Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Leo Club, a service club for students sanctioned and chartered by Lions Clubs International.
Being involved in service-oriented activities is not new to this couple of twenty five years. Hailing originally from Colorado, the two have long been active in animal rescues. Among the many animals, both big and small, the couple has helped, Kathy says that one of her favorites is a Wild Mustang. She said that “being an equestrian myself I understand what it means to come to the aid of other living creatures. Working so closely with animals continually reminds me that all living things sometimes need the care and assistance of others. That is why I wanted to join the Lions Club: to help people who might need a helping hand.”
Similarly, Eugene Baskayan’s participation in the Lions’ traditional candlelight induction ceremony was also made even more meaningful by the presence of his wife, Ardis, the mother of their twin teenage boys. A professional technology architect for Catalogic Software in Woodcliff Lake, Baskayan holds a degree in electrical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Raised in Mahwah, this newest S.R.V. Lion has been a lived in Upper Saddle River for the past seven years and has lived in Bergen County for almost four decades. An avid ‘do-it-yourselfer,’ Baskayan’s hobbies include golfing, sailing, and, like his fellow Lions, helping others in need. Asked about his motivation for becoming a Lion, he responded that “I simply like doing what I can for other people and I am really looking forward to working with the Lions in their efforts to support both sight-related charities and local community projects.”
In his welcome to Moore and Baskayan at the induction ceremony, S.R.V. Lions President Jerry Michota expressed his pride “outstanding individuals such as Kathy and Eugene continue to seek out membership in our club. Membership Committee Chair Gene Leporiere, himself a former president of the organization, enthusiastically agreed, adding that “it shows that the spirit of service exemplified by Lionism is alive and well.”