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)

2016-17 Officers

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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June and July

June’s dinner meeting will take place on Monday, June 20 and feature the installation of new officers and the giving of awards.  Stay tuned for that information.

On Saturday, June 2, four Moultonborough Lions participated in the Walk for the Blind in Concord.  Fortunately the weather was great for Ed and Sandy Meskys, Dawn Law, and Jeni Williams.

And on Monday, June 13, Mark Cotrupi and Joe Keegan spoke to the Historical Society, giving some history about the Moultonborough Lions Club.

On Monday, July 4, the Lions Club house will once again host the Fourth of July Picnic after the town parade.  We could still use some volunteers to help out with the set up, serving and clean up.  Because the 4th is on a Monday, our regular business meeting will be held on the 11th of July.

Giving Books to Young Students

Thanks to the energetic pursuit of Reading is Fundamental as a source, Lion John Menken led the drive to put individual books in the hands of students in three school districts:  Moultonborough Central School, Sandwich Central School, and Tuftonboro Central School.  It was a lengthy process that involved much communication between John and the reading specialists and principals at the schools and putting up with a lot of computer difficulties and ordering snafus from the site we used to purchase the books.  But finally, the orders for all three schools came in and  had their “Gift from the Moultonborough Lions Club” sticker attached, and were ready to be distributed.

On Tuesday, June 7, President Jeni, John, and Sally went to Moultonborough Central School to hand out 158 books to students in Pre-K through grade 6, after posing for a photo op with the Principal, Kathleen D’Haene and the Reading Specialist, Carissa O’Gara (she is wearing the yellow shirt that is very similar to John’s Lion shirt).

Then on Tuesday, June 14, we traveled to Tuftonboro Central School where John, Mark, Kathy and Peter Allen, and Sally distributed 67 books to students in grades K through 3.  In the photo with the rainbow and sun you will note  (on the left next to John and going to the right):  Diane Wheeler, Reading Specialist, Andrea Fournier, Principal, and Jane Meagher, Reading Associate.

On Wednesday, June 15, John, Peter and Sally arrived at the Sandwich Central School to deliver 79 books to each of the students in the school (grades K through 6).  The panoramic photo is of all the Sandwich students in the gym after they selected their books.

The very best thing about giving the books to the young students was their appreciation.  Upon getting their book, each one immediately opened in and began to read (or in the case of the younger students) or to look at the animal pictures.  The theme for all the books at Moultonborough was animals and that was particularly appropriate for the third graders who were just finishing up a unit on endangered animals.  It was a joy to see their joy and to continue to promote reading as a life-long pleasure.  A similar giving out of books in Tuftonboro was done by a certain book for each student in a specific grade.  In Sandwich the classroom teachers attempted to personalize book choices for each student (as much as we could do with the ups and downs of the computer ordering process).

 

 

A VERY Active May

Moultonborough Lions have been and will continue to be busy this month.  Lions Mark and John screened another 50 or so individuals with the OKS (Operation Kid Sight) vision screener.  Lion Dawn and her husband sanded and varnished the picnic table and benches at Sutherland Park.  And Lion Marion Powers spent hours weeding and then planting new annuals.

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Lions Pat Strickland, Jeni Williams, and John Menken attended the State Spring Convention.  And so far this month over 150 people have enjoyed playing Bingo on Tuesday evenings.

And six Lions (John, Marion, Sandy, Dawn, Jeni and Sally) with some family members went to Camp Pride for the first time to do some Spring clean up.  The weather was not that promising so we got bathroom and bunk cleaning duty.  On May 21 and 22, more Lions added their cleaning and painting skills to get the camp ready for summer:  Lloyd, Larry (and his wife), Peter and Kathy Allen, Peter and Judy Strople, and Don Trudeau.   Very worthwhile service!!!!

Also at the May dinner meeting we hosted the Board of the Annie Forts Up Syndrome Foundation.  Lynn Leighton, president of the Board, gave a brief talk about how the Foundation funds scholarships for students majoring in Special Education, leadership/self-advocacy programs for families with Downs Syndrome children, and therapeutic riding for handicapped individuals.

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Then Mike Lancor talked about Annie Forts and her family and the start of this Foundation.  Unfortunately, neither Lion Annie nor her parents were able to attend, but her sister and brother-in-law were at the dinner.

And then there was more reading to elementary students at Moultonborough Central School.  Over three days, Lions Don, Sally, Joe, Pat, Peter and Kathy Allen, Christine, Jeni, Dawn, Mark and Eileen spent quality time in the school library reading to students in grades K-2.

Finally we collected $900 for the blind on our date of choice White Cane day, Saturday, May 28 thanks to the organization and care of Pete Strople, (not only did he provide sunscreen and water and set up both Heath’s Hardware and Supermarket, he worked four hours/two shifts — and collected carts from the parking lot).  Other Lions involved were Joanne Lau, Don Trudeau, Ed and Sandy Meskys, Judy Strople, Peter and Kathy Allen, Carole and George Englehart, and Sally Sibulkin.  The Scouts that worked were absolutely fantastic.  We could not have raised as much money without them.

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Doesn’t the new sign look great!

April Events

Thanks to the effort and organizational skills of VP Mark Cotrupi, we completed two OKS vision screenings this month.  On Thursday, April 14, Mark, Don Trudeau, and Sally Sibulkin screened 97 third and fifth grade students at Pleasant Street Elementary School

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and then on Tuesday, April 19 six Moultonborough Lions (Mark Cotrupi, Don Trudeau, Sally Sibulkin, Jeni Williams, Kathy Allen, and John Menken), two Wolfeboro Lions (John Adams and Brian Murphy), and Lois Smith from the Laconia/Gilford Lions Club screened 392 students at Laconia Middle School.  It was almost a day-long project and it was nice to collaborate with individuals from other Lions Clubs in the area.

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That is almost 500 students screened in two days !!!!

Also coming up in April is the Route 25 roadside clean-up.  Look for more information from Kay Peranelli about this event that will take place on Saturday, April 30.  Come join us make five miles in Moultonborough something we can be proud of.  Call or e-mail Kay to sign up.

At the April dinner meeting, nominations for officers for the 2016-17 Lions year were presented and voted upon.  Following is the list of officers for the coming year:

  • *President: Mark Cotrupi
  • *1st Vice President: John Menken
  • *2nd Vice President: Peter Allen
  • *Secretary: Sally Sibulkin
  • *Treasurer: Joe Keegan
  • *Immediate Past President: Jenifer Williams
  • *Board of Directors: Jack Weinmann (2 years) Don Trudeau (2 years), Dawn Law (2 years), Marion Powers (1), Kay Peranelli (1), and Mike Lancor (1), Peter Strople (1)
  • Tail Twister: Anne Forts and Pat Keegan
  • *Lion Tamer: Pat Keegan
  • *Membership Committee Chairman: Joanne Lau

Coming up in May:  Business Meeting on Monday, May 2 ), and the monthly dinner meeting on May 16 (with a presentation about the Annie Up Fund Trust).

Also, we will be going to help clean up around Camp Pride on three weekend days in May — Sunday, May 15, Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22.  It’s not to late to sign up and join us….lots of things for photo ops!.

 

And what happened in March besides the earliest ice out ever????

IMG_1647Saint Patrick’s Day, of course, and other events.

Our speakers for the March dinner meeting were Camp Pride President Peter La Pointe and Camp Administrator Ted La Liberte.  They provided an update of all the recent improvements made to the camp that was established in 1989 by Lions District 44 – H.  Lions Camp Pride is a three season fully handicapped accessible facility for children and adults with special needs, located in New Durham, New Hampshire on scenic Merrimeeting Lake.

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The work list for spring 2016 includes painting, raking water front, trimming around cabins, cleaning bunkhouses, screen repair and window and door trim replacement.

Camp Pride has set aside two Saturdays May 14, and 21st, and two Sundays May 15 and 22nd for friends and family of Moultonborough Lions Club to help with the clean-up starting at 9:00am each day. Camp Pride will provide a free lunch to all volunteers. You can make it a family affair. Bring your kids or grandchildren. All are thankfully welcome. Many hands make light work!  Let Jeni or Sally know.

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I don’t know who had more fun this week – the elementary school children or the members of the Moultonborough Lions Club. March is Reading Month and to celebrate, Carissa O’Gara, the reading specialist at Moultonborough Central School, set up a three-day schedule (March 22-24) for Lions to read in the Kindergarten, First and Second grade classrooms. Carissa chose wonderful books for us to read, and we tried hard to read as close to upside-down as we could in order to have the illustrations face the children. The young students were wonderful, predicting what might be next, helping with sound effects, and being totally engaged in the stories. The best thing is that we have been asked to come back and do this again.