Cogan named Lion of the Year

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 11, 2022

LANCASTER — For the past several months, Mary Cogan has been working to establish a new branch of the Lions Club in Lawrence County and, on Saturday, she was honored for her work.
Cogan was named as 2021-22 Lion of the Year by Zone 8, District 13 of the Lions Club at their convention in Lancaster.

Cogan said the honor was not expected.

“They surprised me,” she said.

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Cogan, a member of the Coal Grove Lions, has been working as the liaison to establish a new South Point-Chesapeake club of the group after the Chesapeake club disbanded.

Five members were needed to start a new branch and 20 were needed to form a club.

The new club was chartered in January, now has 28 members and has elected officers, she said.

Cogan said getting people to sign up to be a Lion was “an easy ask.”

“Because they have such a great reputation an strong heritage,” she said.

The district covers 17 counties, 50 clubs and 1,250 members.

The Lions have five global causes they focus on — pediatric cancer, diabetes, hunger, the environment and vision. In addition, local clubs focus on specific needs in their communities.