The Birth of the Glendale Heights Barangay Clubs
On January 28, 1984, a group of Filipino professionals -- MD's, CPA's, Engineers, Systems analysts and Lions Club District officers -- met at Dr. Cady Dumpit's place to organize an all-Filipino Lions Club. Present at the historic meeting were Ben Albovias, Charter President of Bayanihan Lions, Dr. Steve Manglinong, Bayanihan Director, Bob Waiting, PDG District 1A, Boni Eco, Juven Fajardo, Efren Santos and Vil Villanueva.
On February 5, 1984, the group met at Vil Villanueva's place to formalize the club's structure. Vil Villanueva was elected President, Rey Guy was the club secretary and Efren Santos was the treasurer. Present at this meeting were Joel Puangco, Boni Eco, Juven Fajardo, Boyet Mangayao, Ramon Agcaoili, Bert Lazo, Rene Aviso, Nard Ong, Cady Dumpit, Ben Albovias, Bob Whiting, Fred Schuttie and Maurice Pennock, both District 1-J PDG's. The club's first business of the day was to pick a name. 'Barangay' was chosen and the group decided that Glendale Heights would be the home of the club.
Other charter officers were added to the roster during a meeting on February 11, 1984 at Rey Guy's place. Joe Puangco was elected 1st VP, Ben Fajardo was 2nd VP and Boni Eco was 3rd VP. Angel Espinosa was Lion Tamer and Roger de Guzman was Lion Twister. The Board of Directors were made up of Bert Dionido, Orly Liwanag, Ben Lazo and Gus Rolluqui.
On February 16, 1984, the Barangay Lions Club of Glendale Heights was officially chartered.
On February 16, 1984, the Barangay Lions Club of Glendale Heights was officially chartered. A simple but memorable induction of officers and members was held on April 2, 1984, at the Cloverleaf Restaurant in Glendale Heights, attended by the sponsoring Lions officials from District 1-J: Ben Albovias, Cady Dumpit, Tom Golec, Fred Schuttie and Maurice Pennock.
The newly-minted Barangay Lions were now gearing up for their first community project. On June 18, 1984, Lion President Vil Villanueva unveiled the club's first service project: a free eye exam for the village residents. Bobby Ligas, a local resident with defective eyesight, was the happy recipient of a new pair of eyeglasses donated by the Barangay Lions Club.
Fresh on the heels of a successful free eye clinic, President Vil Villanueva held the club's second project. On July 31, 1984, with the help of the Lions International Foundation Mobile Hearing Unit, the club held a free hearing check-up for the residents of Glendale Heights, Bloomingdale and Carol Stream.
On July 6, 1984, the Barangay Lions Club sponsored the formation of the Barangay Lioness Club with the help and backing of Lions Ben Albovias, Cady Dumpit and Lioness Virginia Golect.
The Barangay Lions Club of Glendale Heights was on a service roll and topping the list of service projects was the annual Candy Day held on the second Saturday of October, a major fundraising earmarked for the deaf and the blind.