The Riverside Township Lions Club welcomed its new president, Jack Wiaduck, recently, when the gavel was passed to him by outgoing President Jon Jansky, whose late father, Bill Jansky, had also been president of the organization. Wiaduck is the former president of the village of Riverside.

Being president of any organization has its share of work but if you “relegate and delegate” you are bound to succeed. A good executive board doesn’t hurt either. The club will have Olga Sylvester as first vice president, Joe Dvorak (I still call him Joey) as second vice president, Kevin Frontone as third vice president along, Chuck Courtney as secretary and Ben Gulino as treasurer.

The induction of the new officers and board took place at the club’s June meeting, held at the Scottish Home. Guests were entertained by singer Olivia Landa, a 2010 graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School, who sang and guitarist, singer/songwriter Haley Buntrock an RB junior-to-be.

Wiaduck’s first official order of business (actually his second if you consider adjourning the June meeting), will be to march in the Riverside July 4 parade (this year to be held on July 3).

A longtime presence in the July 4 festivities, the Lions will also be selling their raffle tickets, which I have long supported but never won. That’s OK, because the money all goes to good causes, many of them local. The organization, open to men and women, is always ready to welcome new members. Those who are interested can stop at the Lions tent on July 3 in Guthrie Park to learn more.

Steak, anyone?

Friday is the annual Steak Fry hosted by the Riverside Chamber of Commerce. The event is also the place where the Riverside Township Person of the Year will be announced. As a former Person of the Year, I can only say it is a relief when the announcement is made, because you no longer have to keep a secret.

The Person of the Year is selected by a committee from the Chamber and the Lions Club. Along with that excitement it is a fun evening with good food, friends and raffles which keep the crowd going. Tickets are available from chamber members.