YOUNGSTOWN --The first female to hold the office of president of Youngstown Lions Club was installed during a luncheon meeting held June 9 at the Youngstown Club.
Josie A. Polis was inducted as the first woman to hold the office since the organization was founded 85 years ago. She assumed her tenure on July 1, replacing John R. Getchey.
Installed as her associate officers were Michele M. Ballone, first vice president; John L. Prest, second vice president; Ron Serich, third vice president; Diane Hardenbrook, treasurer; and Robert J. Iacobucci, secretary.
Seated on the board of directors were William G. Addington III, Parker T. McHenry, Jerry Bryan, Bryan Reed, Patricia Rose, Sara Scudier, Don Matthews, Pete Storey and Thomas W. Doctor.
Polis is an admissions coordinator in the marketing department at Park Vista Retirement Community. She is involved with the Alzheimer's Association and with the welcoming committee at Holy Family Church. She lives in Poland with her husband, David, and their two sons.
Chartered on Oct. 11, 1920, the local chapter adopted saving sight as its community project in 1922 at the urging of Helen Keller. Lions International accepted the project in 1925. The club meeets at noon each Thursday at the Youngstown Club. Guests are welcome.