State officials pay tribute to Eastpointe’s finest

By: Sara Kandel | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 29, 2012


EASTPOINTE — At a steak and shrimp dinner hosted by the Eastpointe Lions Club last week, state officials offered a special thanks to some very important groups in the city.

State Sen. Steve Bieda and state Rep. Harold Haugh, both Democrats, attended the Eastpointe Lions Club annual fundraiser Feb. 17 to pay tribute to the Lions Club and Eastpointe’s Police and Fire departments.

The tribute was initiated by Bieda’s office in Lansing.

“As a member of the state Senate, we recognize different groups periodically, and I wanted to recognize the Eastpointe Lions Club because they are a very active group that does a lot of good for the community,” Bieda said.

“The Eastpointe Fire Department and Police Department are very active, as well, and there are a lot of public servants in them that put their life on the line every day and do a lot of good for the community, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to honor all three of them.”

Bieda is a longtime Lions Club supporter and has been affiliated with the Warren club for more than 15 years.

“The Lions Club is just an awesome organization, and I am very much in support of it,” Bieda said.

When word of the tribute got over to Haugh’s office, he knew immediately he wanted to get on board, so the two of them went to work preparing a tribute for the two departments and the Lions Club.

“My involvement with the Eastpointe Police Department and the Eastpointe Fire Department is longstanding, and I’ve been a big supporter of the Eastpointe Lions Club for a long time,” Haugh said. “They’re a terrific organization, and they deserved to be recognized.”

With “We Serve” being the theme for this year’s dinner, it was a more than fitting time to honor the organization and the men and women who serve the city in both departments.

There was no word at press time on total money the fundraiser yielded, but Councilwoman Wendy Richardson noted that the silent auction that was held during the dinner raised more than $400.

Richardson is also a board member for the club.

“I have been involved since 2008 when I was on the Harvest Festival Committee as a councilmember,” Richardson said. “After that, I was hooked.”

The Eastpointe Lions Club was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1948 to serve
the local community. The club contributes to 11 charities for the visually impaired, offers two scholarship funds for local students, hosts community events, and provides hearing aids and eyeglasses for residents who cannot afford them.

The Lions Club International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in 45,000 clubs worldwide.

The Eastpointe Lions Club’s next event, a white cane kickoff dinner with the Macombers, is planned for April.

For more information on getting involved with the Eastpointe Lions Club, visit sites/Eastpointe, check out the club’s Facebook page at www.facebook. com/EastpointeLions or call Richardson at (586) 216-5799.