Reading in the Schools with a tail twist: On October 2, Dawn Law (in the Lion costume) and Christine Woodland represented the Lions during Mystery Reader Day in the Kindergarten classrooms at Moultonborough Central School. I am not sure who had more fun — the readers or the children who were fascinated by the lion.
On the last Friday in November, 17 Lions created three “assembly lines” to stuff, label, and stamp almost 1600 envelopes for our annual Raffle Ticket stuffing event. Thanks to many helping hands we managed to do it all in just under two hours this year.
Later that same day, Dawn, Mary, Joanne, Michelle, and Sally (not in the photo), spent another two hours on a more arts and crafts project, creating ornaments for the Christmas tree that will be in the Altrusa Festival of Trees towards the end of November and then given to family in the area. Stay tuned for a photo of the completed tree…
The colors of the leaves were a bit slow to emerge from their green summer hues, but by the middle of the month, they were vivid orange, yellow, and red. It is a beautiful reminder of why we live in New England.
We spent three days at the Sandwich Fair, from 9 am to 3 pm offering free vision screening to individuals from 8 months old and up. All together, we screened 373 people, 57 of whom were given the results and referred to see an eye doctor.
Governor Sununu even stopped by our “shed” to say hello and to add how much he appreciates the work and service of the Lions all over the State.
Mark, Peter, Kathy and Don also went to Gilford Elementary School on October 5 and screened 342 students. That brings the October total of vision screenings to 715 individuals!
We had our last raffle sales for the season at EM Heath’s on Saturday, October 6 and are getting ready for the big mailing morning (where we put raffle tickets and letters in envelopes and take them to the post office) on October 26. The final sales day — and the drawing of the winner of the $5,000 prize will be at the Moultonborough PTA Holiday Fair on December 1.
This month, the Moultonborough Lions celebrated 55 years as a Club. Susan Price donated the “birthday cake” and we had the newest member of the club (Bill Hagerup) and the club member with the most years of service (Bob Purdy) do the honors and cut the first slices of the cake.
Look at all the red jackets on some our past presidents!
District Governor of 44 H was our dinner speaker and he inducted TEN NEW CLUB Members. Two of the members have been working as Lions for some time now, but had not had the formal candlelight ceremony. The other 8 new members have been brought in since June 2018. The photo below shows nine of the ten (missing is new Lion, Jeff Burton).
From left to right: Susan Price, Bill Hagerup, Susan Burton, Sarah Cotrupi, Chris Milanovich, Stephanie Pigott, Diane Mac Arthur, Mary Philips, and Joe Adams.
We are so excited to have each and every one of these individuals who are willing to serve their communities!
September started out with both hot and cold temperatures and Saturday, the eighth, was one of the cooler days. John, Sandy, Karen, Sally, Jeni, and her friend, Phil, were the Lions Club team entry for the InterLakes Community Caregivers Mini Golf Tournament fund raiser. While not as warm as we were dressed for, all had a good time for an excellent cause. Jeni got a hole in one and Phil got two, but that was not enough to earn a trophy…maybe next year.
Because Labor Day came early this year, we held our Business and Board meetings on Monday, September 10; however, the dinner meeting remained on the third Monday of the month, September 17. Our speaker was to be Amy Norton, CEO of the Food Pantry and Thrift Shop, but she could not make the meeting. Standing in as speakers for Amy Norton, CEO, of the Lakes Region Food Pantry and Thrift Shop were Board members, former board members and volunteers for the Food Pantry. Mike and Kate Lancor, with Amy Norton, were instrumental in really getting this continually growing organization started. Combining former food pantries into one and after outgrowing one building in Moultonborough, moving to its new location in the old Foss Insurance building near the Post Office.
VISION SCREENING: We have already completed three of the five vision screenings scheduled for this month (and four for October). On September 12, Mark, Sally, John and Sarah went to Moultonborough Academy screening 206 students in grades 7-12. The next day, Mark, Sally and John were at Interlakes Middle School, where 153 middle school students were screened. On September 18, Mark, Peter and Kathy were at Thornton Elementary School and screened 204 students. To finish the month, Mark, John and Sally screened 117 students (grades K -6) at Tuftonboro Elementary. So for September, the Club screened 680 students!!!!
Wednesday, September 19 was a day for environmental projects. Seven Moultonborough Lions (Mark, Sarah, Chris, Pete, Joseph, Mary, and John) spent 2 hours cleaning both sides of Route 25 between the Center Harbor and Moultonborough town lines. Later that day, Sarah and Chris made two scarecrows to stand on the outside of the Sutherland Park wall next to the Life Safety Building. Dressing the scarecrows as a fireman and police officer was most appropriate.
Our annual invite-the-residents-of-area-nursing-homes dinner was held on a beautiful, sunny evening. Although two of the four nursing homes invited could not make it at the last minute, a good time (and good food) was had by all. Lions grilled with the assistance of non-Lion Phil, served with the help of Sally’s friend from Delaware, and we had our summer members from Davenport, Florida helping us as well.
The crazy hat contest was one by one of the nursing home residents who also treated us to some dancing to the wonderful guitar music and singing by Harmony Markey. After dinner, President Peter Allen joined Harmony on the keyboard for some old time songs sing-a-long.
Under the leadership of Mark Cotrupi, the Moultonborough Lions decided to focus its effort on PUBLIC SAFETY for its Centennial Project in two key areas: the opioid crisis and school safety.
Working with the district, school administrators, and safety personnel, the Moultonborough Lions recently donated 10 door locking devices to the Tuftonboro Central School (see picture of Mark with Tuftonboro Central School Principal Andrea Fournier ). The Lions have similarly reached out to the Moultonborough schools and Sandwich Elementary to ascertain their need for such safety devices.
The Lions also recently funded the acquisition and installation of a drug “take back” box located in the Center Harbor Police Department. Center Harbor citizens, as well as those of the surrounding communities, are welcomed to dispose of their outdated or unused prescription medicines in a safe and legal manner. Photo of Mark and Center Harbor Police Department project lead Bob Donnelly Jr.
What an unbelievably hot start to the month of July…temperatures in the 90’s !!!! We were concerned that we might not have the amount of people at the annual Fourth of July bar-b-que because the walkers in the parade were to end their part of the town parade at the Fire Safety building. But the crowds lined up, and the bus brought the walkers to the club house, and we served about 300 people IN ONE HOUR. The day also kicked off our annual raffle sale.
Furthermore, not only are we starting the year with four new Lions Club members, we had the help of three friends to cook, serve, and clean up afterwards. Thanks so much to the Town for providing the food and the Lions and friends for serving the community.
At the July dinner meeting we hosted some of the 10 Lions Club scholarship recipients and some of the the 10 Annie “Up Fund” scholarship recipients. Pictured below are Jake, Elizabeth and Connor from Moultonborough Academy
and Emily, Kelsey, and Kate who received Up Fund scholarships:
Doug Griffin from Youth Services District 44H spoke to the scholarship students, parents, and Lions about the importance of establishing Leo groups in schools.
Although I was gone for the first half of the month, the Moultonborough Lions Club continued its service work and I am proud to record what happened this month.
For the third year in a row, we purchased new books and distributed them to each student in the three elementary schools in our service area. In March, during Dr. Seuss Week, we gave books to students at Sandwich Central School. On June 11, Lions Mark, John, and Pete (in the Lion suit), gave out 74 hardcover books to the students at Tuftonboro Elementary School.
A few days later we repeated the process at Moultonborough Central School when Lions John, Don, Kathy, Peter, Joe, Pete, and Pat delivered 276 hardcover books to students in Pre L through grade 6. This event brought the total of new books given to elementary students to 479.
In addition, major awards were presented and new officers (for the 2018-19 Lion Year) were inducted by outgoing District Governor, Sam Longbrook.
Lion of the Year Lloyd Conery
The Fidelco Loyal Shepherd Fellow (given to Lions dedicated service in all aspect of assistance for the blind) was present to Joe and Pat Keegan.
Granite State Award for exceptional service to his NH Community at the local and state level was presented to Peter Allen.
And the Highest Award in Lionism, the Melvin Jones Award to Sandy Meskys. The recipient of this award is a model of exemplary service to her club and the community which it serves.
Also the photo below is of most of the newly elected and inducted officers and board of directors (left to right: Don Trudeau, Board; Joe Keegan, Board; Pat Keegan, Tail Twister;, Karen Barron, Board; Sam Longbrook, District Governor; Peter Allen, President, John Menken, first vice-president; Dawn Law, Treasurer; Mark Cotrupi, Immediate Past President and Membership Chairman). Not present were Pete Strople, second vice-president; Sally Sibulkin, Secretary, Michelle Duddy, Lion Tamer, and Joanne Lau, Board
Believe it or not, we had to cancel another dinner meeting because of bad weather. This must be a record for weather cancelations for meetings and for Bingo for the ’17-’18 year.
Plus, these are months for meetings beyond the local. On the 14th of April, Peter Allen and Sally Sibulkin attended the April Forum in Concord. And on Saturday, the 5th of May, Sally, Peter, and John Menken attended the 44H Spring Convention in North Conway.
On a service note — Five Lions — Mark, Sarah, Sandy, Joanne, and Christine did the roadside clean up along Route 25 in Center Harbor from the Moultonborough town line to the Meredith town line. They gathered 24 trash bags, plus a tire and computer monitor!
And, on Saturday, May 12 we had a work crew to spring clean our adopted bunkhouse at Camp Pride. Peter, Kathy, Jeni, John and Sally cleaned bathrooms, wiped down mattresses, cleaned windows and polished dressers. On May 17, Dawn and Steve will finish with the poly on the floors. Please notice in the photos below who has curtain detail and who is moving bunks.
At our dinner meeting on Monday, May 21, the speaker was Ann Sprague, Executive Director of InterLakes Community Caregivers. Ann gave us an excellent overview of the services provided to the “neighbors” of Moultonborough, Sandwich, Center Harbor, and Meredith with volunteers providing rides, friendly visits, and other actions to support individual members in these communities. The number of people serviced has grown considerably over the 20 years since the organization began and Caregivers is always looking for caring volunteers.
Please look for fellow Lions on Saturday, May 26 in front of Heath’s Hardware and Heath’s Supermarket. We, along with some Cub Scouts, will be collecting money for the blind. Stop by and make a donation to White Cane Day. Here are the photos. And, by the way, we raised $771 on Saturday.
Also in May (it really was a busy month), the club gave nine college scholarships to area students, totally $11,000. Below is a photo of Dawn Law and Christine Woodland with the five recipients from Moultonborough Academy. The other four scholarships were given to Sandwich students attending Inter Lakes High School.
I believe we had 23 inches of snow in March…and some rather long icicles.
(and yes one person was daring enough to wear yellow pants!)
March is also National Reading Month and the Lions responded in kind. At Sandwich Central School, Mark, John, and Susan handed out a new book to each of the 74 students in the school AND read books in some of the classes.
The next day, Lions John, Mark, Susan, Sally, Pat, Joe, Dawn, and Christine read to the students in both the classrooms and on stage in the Reading Roost at Moultonborough Central School. The day was presented in a western theme (as you might guess from some of the photos below) — a Reading Round-up. We enjoyed it every bit as much as the students and donned our props and joined in saying, “Yee Haw” when it was group photo time.