Brookfield-LaGrange Park Lions Club added 11 men to its membership last month at a ceremony at the LaGrange Park Recreation Center.

The new Lions are Tom Brunet, of LaGrange Park, Sheriff’s Deputy and LaGrange Park Firefighter; Ryan Evans of Brookfield, teacher and village trustee; Mark Forde of LaGrange Park, teacher; Mario Fotino of LaGrange Park, local business owner; Peter Hurley of LaGrange Park, home maintenance contractor; Patrick Hurley of LaGrange Park, LaGrange Park firefighter lieutenant; Burt Jimenez, manufacturing engineer; Jay Rosicky of LaGrange Park, emergency medical technician; Karl Sokol of Brookfield, Methodist pastor; Frank Torres of Brookfield, Realtor and library trustee; and Jason Vitell of LaGrange Park, architectural technician and LaGrange Park firefighter.

The new Lions were given their oath of service by Lions Past District Governor Steve Anton.

As a sponsor of many of the new Lions, Chuck Hitzeman a fifth-generation Lion himself said, “It was a very exciting day. I’m glad these eleven candidates accepted the honor of becoming a Lion and took the oath of ‘We Serve.’ I’m looking forward to seeing the lifelong bonds and friendships mature that I have seen my father and grandfather have with their fellow Lions.”

The Brookfield-LaGrange Park Lions Club meets the second and fourth Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Ryan’s Pub in Brookfield.

For more information, contact Lions Phil Bochniarz or Tom Hurley at 354-9358 or email to