New Lions Club in Frederick

Lions Clubs International President, Dr. Jung-Yul Choi, right, addresses the members of the new Lions club as Yellow Springs Lions Club Vice President Tony O’Toole, center, and District 22W Governor Evan Gillett, right, look on.

On March 15 at the Asian American Center in Frederick, a meeting was held to celebrate the formation of a new Lions Club in Frederick. It is to be a multi-ethnic group with a purpose to serve the unique needs of the immigrant community of Frederick. Lions Clubs International President Dr. Jung-Yul Choi and his wife, Seung-Bok Choi, of Pusan, South Korea, were in attendance. Other International officers present were Past International Directors Richard Liebno and Alan “Ted” Reiver.

Over the past few months, members of the Asian American Center of Frederick and leaders of Lions Clubs International District 22W, comprised of the five western counties of Maryland, have been working together to form the new Lions club. Elizabeth Chung, executive director, and members of the AACF staff and Lions Margarito “Och” Ochoa, Robert Johnson, Cartha Johnson and Brian Cox, have been principles in this combined effort.

Chairing the meeting was District 22W Gov. Evan Gillett, of the Roaring Runs Lions Club. Highlight of the meeting was the message given to members of the new club by International President Choi. He told them that he was impressed with the makeup of the club and that they will be in a unique position to serve the multi-cultured members of their community as no other club could.

In keeping with Lions International rules, the Yellow Springs Lions Club board of directors has eagerly stepped up to be the sponsoring club under the leadership of Lion President Roger Wastler. Club Vice President Tony O’Toole will serve as liaison between the new club and the District 22W leadership.

This fledgling club-to-be is looking for others in the community to join them now and become charter members. If you are interested in learning more or joining with them in this experience, visit For information about Lions Clubs International, visit

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