Sen. Formica, Rep. Cheeseman Honor Lions Club Humanitarians

January 24, 2018

(From left to right) Senator Paul Formica, Humanitarian of the Year recipient Dave Putnam, and Representative Holly Cheeseman alongside family and friends at the Lions Club District 23C Humanitarian of the Year Award Banquet.

On Saturday, January 20 the Lions Club District 23C held its 9th annual banquet to recognize multiple local Humanitarian of the Year Award recipients.

Sen. Paul Formica and Rep. Holly Cheeseman presented citations to two constituents who won the award this year: David Putnamfrom East Lyme and Roberta “Bobbie” Ziegra from Salem.

“We applaud all the recipients for their selfless contributions to their local communities,” said Formica and Cheeseman. “We especially want to recognize the community service efforts of Dave and Bobbie. They inspire so many through their efforts to give back to others.  Congratulations on receiving the 2018 Lions Club Humanitarian of the Year award!”

Dave Putnam has been the Director of East Lyme’s Department of Parks and Recreation since 2005. He has also served as a member of the board of directors for the Miracle League of Connecticut which is working to develop recreation fields at Flanders Elementary School for physically challenged children. He has also been a coordinator/head coach for the Challenger Basketball Program for special needs children, coordinator of the East Lyme Youth Coalition, and is a former president of the Niantic Rotary Club.


Sen. Formica (left) and Rep. Cheeseman (right) present a citation to Bobbie Ziegra (center) who was joined by her family, friends and fellow Lions Club members at the Humanitarian of the Year award ceremony in Groton on Saturday.

Bobbie Ziegra was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Salem Lions Club recognizing her community involvement and long career as a dietician serving the Veterans Administration and the State of Connecticut. Bobbie was active for 12 years with Girl Scouts of America during which time she helped raise funds to take her scouts to an International Girl Scout camp in Mexico.  Bobbie was elected to the Board of Library Trustees and is involved in supporting the Friends of the Salem Public Library where she chaired the Hospitality Committee for many years. She has also hosted the Salem Lions Tag Sale for years at her home to help support the organization.