Hellertown Lions Name Their 2017 ‘Lion of the Year’

JoAnna Matey is presented with her Hellertown Lion of the Year award by club president Bruce Browne at the group’s meeting Thursday in the Lowlands Bar at Braveheart Highland Pub in Hellertown.

At their bimonthly meeting at Braveheart Highland Pub Thursday, the Hellertown Lions Club recognized JoAnna Matey with their 2017 ‘Lion of the Year’ award.

Known to many in the community for her service with a smile at the Lions’ popular hot dog wagon, Matey emotionally thanked her fellow Lions for the award, and said she would not have received it without their support. She also said her late husband Robert “Bobby” Matey would have been proud of her for the achievement.

The native Southerner also revealed that she is a huge hot dog fan herself, and has been to known to eat as many as five per event.

Matey is a past Melvin Jones Fellowship recipient; a past president, vice president and board member of the Hellertown Lions; and a member of numerous committees and fundraisers the group organizes, including the hot dog wagon, peace poster, scholarship, holiday dinner, Music in the Park food stand, golf outing, White Cane Day, purse bingo and finance committee.

“This Lion has truly achieved the Lions’ motto of ‘we serve,'” Browne said. “This Lion has always gone above and beyond the call for the club.”

To learn more about the Hellertown Lions Club, click here to visit their Facebook page.

A well-established local service organization with a diverse membership, the Hellertown Lions meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month in the Lowlands Bar at Braveheart.

One of their next upcoming events/fundraisers is their annual Golf Outing, which will be held Friday, Sept. 29 at 8 a.m. at Wedgewood Golf Course in Coopersburg. Proceeds benefit the Lions Leader Dog Program (see below for additional information and the registration form).

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About Josh Popichak
Josh Popichak

Josh Popichak is a journalist and publisher who is passionate about providing an open online platform and advocating for independent, local news. He has covered news--first in print, later online--in the Saucon Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania since 2005. In addition to writing extensively about local issues, he uses Facebook, Instagram and other social media to help personalize and broaden awareness of topics affecting the communities he covers. He also manages the Facebook pages for several local businesses as part of his business, Saucon Source LLC. He is a 1999 graduate of Bates College, where he was a history major and arts editor for the student newspaper.

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