While cutting the ribbon for the new Aston Township Lions Club headquarters, Club President Bob Willoughby was assisted by Aston Township Manager/secretary Dick Lehr and state Sen. Dominic Pileggi.

By LorettaRodgers


embers of the Aston Township Lions Club gathered with family, friends and township officials just before Thanksgiving to dedicate a long-awaited headquarters for their organization.

The three-acre lot on Gamble Lane, where the 40×60 foot building is located, was leased to the Lions by the township for a nominal sum. Construction of the facility was funded by a $25,000 legislative initiative grant facilitated by state Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-9), who attended the dedication ceremony.

Lions Club President Bob Willoughby said the building was “a long time coming;” 10 years in the making. He expressed gratitude to township commissioners and to Pileggi for everything they did to make this dream a reality.

“Everybody worked very hard to get this done,” Willoughby said. “Until the township and Sen. Pileggi got involved, I didn’t think we’d ever see this. It’s going to allow us to do much more for the community. We can get a lot more done by centralizing the things the Lions Club needs to do (and) what they do on a daily basis.”

Pileggi said he was happy to take part in the ceremony and proud to have helped. “Aston is a very special community,” he said. “There’s such a sense of teamwork in Aston between the commissioners and the residents. And, in every community activity I have seen, the Aston Lions have been a part of it.”

Commissioners President Jim Stigale the dedication being held so close to Thanksgiving was appropriate because there was much to be grateful for and so many people to thank.

“The first ones we need to thank is the Aston Lions Club for all they do for Aston,” said Stigale. “You deserve this building. And we’d like to thank Sen. Pileggi and Dick Lehr, who personally took this on to make sure you…

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Township Commissioners and a host of citizens were on-hand to help the Aston Lions Club dedicate its new facility on Gamble Lane. Photos by Loretta Rodgers

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