What happens to the eyeglasses Lions collect?

When you drop a pair of well-used, no longer needed eyeglasses into one of the Lions’ collection baskets or boxes, dod you realize that each pair has a long journey ahead.  From that collection box it might go to Mexico, Uganda, the Philippines, Brazil, Egypt — eventually all over the world.  But first it has to be sorted locally (in Hampton, NH) and then in Virginia for further processing.  All the work is done by volunteers.

The Hampton Lions Club check and sort all the glasses received from District 44H Lions Clubs.  Further sorting is completed at a second local site, and after being counted and packaged, those glasses are on their way to Roanoke, VA.

In Roanoke, the Lions maintain one of several national recycling centers for used glasses.  When the glasses arrive there, each pair of glasses or sunglasses is once again inspected, then checked by machine for exact magnification and prescription, cleaned, and sorted by prescription.  There, they wait until a request comes in from a doctor who has been to clinics in the third world countries and who can match a pair of glasses through an exam to someone who has perhaps never before been able to see properly.  That pair of glasses is shipped out to that individual.  THERE ARE MORE REQUESTS AT ROANOKE THAN THERE ARE GLASSES TO FILL THEM.  Please remember our donation boxes and tell your friends when you have old pairs of glasses that no longer fit your needs.  They may get to change a life in a far-off place.

 

December 2016

Well the snow finally appeared, and even though it is just the 7th of December as I write this, we Lions have been busy:

We (Mark, Joe, Pat K, both Peters, Sally and Marion plus one member from the Women’s Club — Barbara Koehler) decorated the Club for Christmas on Friday the second of December so that all can enjoy the lights and wreaths and tree for an entire month.  Forgot to take a photo,but hopefully all of you will see it and the Christmas Dinner meeting on Monday, December 12 (remember to bring in a book — for children 6 months to 18 years — to be donated to CHAD at the January Mid-Winter Convention).

Then there was the Holiday Fair at the Moultonborough Central School.  It was our last day for the raffle.  Thanks to the sales skills of Bob and Betty Purdy, Joe and Pat Keegan, Dawn Law, Joanne Lau, Don Trudeau, and Peter Strople we took in  $1,312 in sales that day!

I so want to title this photo:  “Please let me draw MY ticket; I’m really concentrating and not looking.”

unnamed-2The winning ticket was drawn at 1 pm by Christine and was a gentleman from Topsfield, Massachusetts who has a summer home on the Neck Road near Kona .  Thanks to all who purchased tickets we will be able to continue giving several good scholarships to college-bound students.

President Mark and Secretary Sally did vision screening at the Fair for the second year in a row.  We screened 65 children with 7 referrals to see an eye doctor.

And thanks go our to four Lions members — Mike and Kate Lancor and Eileen and Bob Zewski — who spent four hours in front of the Plymouth Walmart ringing the Salvation Army bells.

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It’s November already!

We started November off by judging the Peace Poster Contest entries from the students at Moultonborough Central School.  Dawn and Sally spoke to all the fifth and sixth graders in October and then Pete, John and Sally along with the MCS principal, Kathleen D’Haene, and two faculty members judged the posters.  Below is the winning poster and artist, sixth grader Elise Stewart.

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While the poster did not win at the District 44H Level, all of us are very proud of Elise’s effort and creativity.

CLUB EXCELLENCE AWARD

At the District 44H meeting Sunday morning, we received the Club Excellence Award for the year 2015-16.  Jeni was president at the time and stood by the head table to receive the patch and pin.

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MEETINGS

The Board and Business Meetings will be held Monday evening, November 7.

The dinner meeting will be Monday, November 21.  District Governor Al Goldstein will be at this meeting to meet the club members, to initiate new members, and to judge the Environmental Photo Contest Entries.  Remember to bring your photo in to be judged!

The turkeys and I wish you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING !

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October Events

Please remember that the business meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, October 3.  The Board meeting begins at 6:30, followed by the business meeting.

The Boston College bOp! Jazz ensemble was at the Moultonborough Community Auditorium on October 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, playing and singing tunes from the 40’s to present day.

A little over 150 people had a truly memorable time at the concert.

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All concert proceeds directly support Lions Club service projects in Center Harbor, Sandwich, Tuftonboro and Moultonborough.

Also in October — Vision Screening at the Sandwich Fair.  On Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9, Moultonborough Lions Mark Cotrupi, John Menken, Dawn Law, Sally Sibulkin and Joe and Pat Keegan screened 253 individuals.  Quite the weekend?

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The October dinner meeting (on the 17th) was quite interesting.  President Mark explained the use of the spot screener, we tried “dessert in the dark — eating while blindfolded, –and learned some very interesting personal backgrounds of several of our members.

Still coming up….the stuffing of envelopes with letters and raffle tickets will take place on Friday, October 28, beginning at 9:30 am.  Even if you haven’t signed up to help yet, please come if you can.  The more hands, the faster we can accomplish this important task.

 

 

What we are up to in September — and it’s quite a bit…

Raffle sales:  we are having two in September on the 3rd and the 24th.  Let’s support this effort to  fundraise for scholarships and other community service projects.

VISION SCREENING:  President Mark has been busy contacting schools and creating a schedule for us to screen school children in the Lakes Region.  On September 12, six Lions (Mark, John, Sally, Peter and Kathy Allen, and Don) spent the morning at Gilford Elementary School.  We screened 339 children and four adults in two and a half hours with the fantastic spot screener shown below…

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On Friday, September 23  Mark Cotrupi, Kathy Allen, and Don Trudeau once again performed vision screening at Moultonborough Academy during Picture Day.

On Saturday, September 10, twelve of us had a fun time playing mini-golf at the Community Caregivers Fundraiser event.  Three Moultonborough Lions even got a hole-in-one each.  Of course, we did not score well enough to win a trophy, but the important thing was contributing to a good cause and the camaraderie of our TWO TEAMS.

Fall cleaning of our newly adopted cabin at Camp Pride on

Saturday, September 17.

 

Four Lions — Lloyd Conery, Mark Cotrupi, Jeni Williams, and Dawn Law (with her husband, Steve) — spent the morning painting the exterior trim, cleaning out the gutters, polyurethaning half the floor, as well as cleaning the windows and screens.  They also took down the curtains to replace them next spring.    Dawn is pointing to the window cleaning can which was donated by Paul Atwell of WURTH.

At the Dinner Meeting on September 19th we enjoyed a delicious chicken parmesan meal.  The speaker, Moultonborough Academy student, Matt Anderson, engaged us all by talking about his trip to Normandy and showing slides of his trip there with his history teacher and the week before, researching in DC.  Matt researched a NH soldier who was buried in Normandy.  HIs contest essay (relating why he loves history so much) was judged one of the top 15 in the US and was what earned him this honor and experience.

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August with the Lions

Almost 90 individuals—Lions and guests, 13 members of the Sandwich Dog Club (plus 7 dogs and a lop-eared bunny), and 38 guests from three of the area nursing homes (Mountain View, Golden View, and Forest View) had a great evening at Monday’s August dinner meeting.

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Rainbow colored tables were filled with people enjoying appetizers and song during the social hour. Special thanks to Lion Peter Allen for the idea of the sing-a-long, for getting printed copies of the songs, and for playing the piano so masterfully.

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After the dinner (hot dogs and hamburgers cooked by Lions Mike, Jack, and Sam and the food line manned by Lion Christine and her daughter and Lion Kathy), masterfully served by many of the Lions, the Sandwich Dog Club walked around with a bunny to pet and then performed with their dogs both indoors and out.

 

For additional entertainment, Pat Keegan asked us all to wear “crazy” hats. Below is a group photo, followed by a slide show of our August parade of hats (while we did parade for our judges from the nursing homes, these photos are of individuals).  Check out the slide show following the group photo.

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Also, three Lions:  Jeni Williams, Patricia Strickland, and John Menken attended the August 16 District 44H Cabinet meeting.  Pat brought the glasses we have collected to donate:  160 pairs of glasses plus 48 pairs of sunglasses.

Sutherland Park – July 2016

Remember that I promised you photos of Sutherland Park when the flowers came in bloom?  Well here they are.  Thanks for all the weeding and watering Peter, Joanne, Christine, Dawn, Kay, Bob, and Sally.  And a SPECIAL THANKS to Marion for selecting and planting all the new flowers.

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July 2016

At the July 11 Board and Business meeting, new President Mark Cotrupi took the reins.  Dues were established at $60 for each member or $95 for a couple.  There is no increase from last year.  All members are encouraged to pay their dues before the end of the month.

Hope you have been following us in the newspaper as well — Patricia Keegan has been very busy publicizing our happenings.

At the July 18 dinner meeting, four of the 10 scholarship recipients and some of their family members joined us for dinner.  Those students are pictured below with the names of the colleges they will attend in parentheses.   (from left to right): Jacob Baker (UNH), Emily Barton (Kenyon College), Eric Dubois (Brown U), and Gwenyth Fiefield (UNH).

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Future Events:

At the August 15 dinner meeting (the one to which nursing home residents are invited), all members are encourage to wear crazy hats (preferably self-designed), and by encouraged, I mean that fines will be involved should you not.

Boston College Concert on October 15 at the Moultonborough Academy Community Auditorium.  We can use volunteers for many things, both before and during this event.  Contact Joe Keegan if you would like to volunteer.  Tickets will be on sale soon at Aubuchon’s, Heath’s Supermarket, Bayswater Books, MVSB (Center Harbor and Moultonborough branches), and Cup and Crumb

The Fourth of July Town Picnic

The weather was sunny and warm and there was a large turnout for the free picnic lunch (hot dogs, hamburgers, cole slaw, potato salad, chips, and watermelon) after the Moultonborough Fourth of July parade.  FOURTEEN Moultonborough Lions —  Christine Woodland, Marion Powers, Pat Strickland, Dawn Law, Joanne Lau, Jeni Williams, Mike and Kate Lancor, Sally Sibulkin, John Menken, very newly inducted (see photo below) President Mark Cotrupi, Jack Weinmann, Sam Pylypczuk, and Bob Zewski — were on hand to set up, cook, serve, sell tickets, and clean up afterwards.

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Special thanks go out to the non-Lion helpers:  Molly (Bob Z.), Emma (Sally), and Paul (Christine).

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And a very special thanks to two Hampstead Lions — First District Vice Governor, Sam Longbrook, and fellow member Carl who drove over four hours (back and forth) to help us out — Lions helping Lions helping others.

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June Officers and Awards

At the June 20 dinner meeting, the following 2016-17 Club Officers were inducted by First Vice District Governor,  Sam Longbrook: Secretary, Sally Sibulkin; Board Member, Jack Weinmann, Second Vice President, Peter Allen; Board Member, Marion Powers; Treasurer, Joe Keegan; Board Member, Don Trudeau, Board Member, Dawn Law;  Past President, Jeni Williams; Membership Chairman, Joanne Lau; Tail Twister and Lion Tamer, Pat Keegan; and First Vice-President John Menken.  (President Elect, Mark Cotrupi and Board Members, Kay Peraneli, Peter Strople, and Mike Lancor were not present)

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Pins for perfect attendance (being present at a minimum of 12 meetings and performing a minimum of 12 hours service) went to: Mark Cotrupi, Joe Keegan, Pat Keegan, Leo LaForge, Larry LaPointe, Joanne Lau, Dawn Law, John Menken, Ed Meskys, Sandy Meskys, Sally Sibulkin, Pat Strickland, Peter Strople, Don Trudeau, and Jeni Williams. Just a note: Joe and Pat Keegan have achieved perfect attendance for 17 years in a row !!!!!

Membership Chevrons were handed out to:
Ed Meskys – 40 years as a Lion … George and Carol Englehart – 10 years each as Moultonborough Lions ;Leo LaForge – 10 years and Marion Powers – 10 years.

Lions of the Year = Joe Keegan and Sally Sibulkin

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Melvin Jones Fellowship recipient for 2016-17  = John Menken

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Granite State Award recipient for 2016-17 = Jeni Williams

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