Moultonborough Lions Club President Mark Cotrupi (left) presented a Merlin Desktop Electronic Magnifier to Ashlee Pigott and her mother, Stephanie recently. Ashley, who is vision impaired, is planning on using the device at home to help her with her homework. The magnifier allows people with issues such as low vision, macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma and cataracts to read and write more easily, especially in low light conditions. It was donated to the Lions just recently by a widow whose husband used it during his later years. “We are so grateful for donations such as this, especially when we can put it to such good use here in our community”, said Cotrupi. “In that same vein, we very much appreciate the community’s support in donating their old glasses through our Lions Recycle For Sight program. Your generosity in providing us your old glasses helps those less fortunate around the world to see and have a brighter future.”
The holidays are always busy and so are the Lions.
On December 1, we will be decorating the building for Christmas so that all who use the building can get into the holiday season for the entire month.
On December 2 Lions Joe and Pat, Dawn, Joanne, John, Pete, Bob and Betty sold raffle tickets for the last time before the 1:00 drawing for the $5,000 prize. When the winning ticket was drawn by an elementary student from MCS, it belonged to a person in Massachusetts. We also be provided free vision screening at the Moultonborough Central School on that day to about 80 individuals.
We had two other vision screenings scheduled for the beginning of December: Tuftonboro Central School on the 4th and the Holderness Central School on the 5th. Between the two schools 270 elementary students were screened.
On Friday, December 8 the Moultonborough Lions and the Inter-Lakes Community Caregivers hosted the second Cookies and Caroling afternoon from 1-3:00. The amount and variety of the cookies was outstanding, baked by Lions and Caregivers. Check out the photo of all the cookies on the tables. Neighbors serviced by Community Caregivers and two area nursing homes enjoyed cocoa, cookies, caroling, led by Peter Allen, and a performance from a Moultonborough Academy choral group. To the delight of all, Pete Strople donned his Lion suit and handed out raffle prizes!
Further along towards Christmas, several Lions will be ringing the Salvation Army bell at the Plymouth Walmart.
Saturday, November 4: Roadside Clean-up. Five Lions (Mark and Sarah Cotrupi, Dawn Law, John Menken) and one potential met at the Center Harbor Congregational Church. An hour and a half later they had collected 11 bags of trash from Route 25 between the Center Harbor and Moultonborough signs.
Monday, November 6: Board (6:30 pm) and Business (7 pm) Meetings.
Sunday, November 12: District Meeting at the Moultonborough Functional Hall (formerly the Lions Club), beginning at 9 am.
Monday, November 20: Dinner Meeting.
Peace Poster Contest: The Moultonborough Lions selected the winner of the local peace poster contest, a sixth grader at Moultonborough Central School, Sadey Sherkanowski.
Sadey’s poster was among more than 450,000 entries submitted worldwide in the annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the program to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
Lions Club President, Mark Cotrupi (pictured with Sadey and her poster), said he was impressed by the colorfulness and creativity of the poster. Sadey has strong and positive ideas about what peace means to her.
Sadey’s poster will advance through the district, multiple district and international levels of competition. One international grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000 plus a trip for the winner and two family members to a special award ceremony. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.
Reading in the Schools. Lions John Menken and Sally Sibulkin eacg spent two mornings this month listening to first graders at Moultonborough Central School read their spot words. It is truly wonderfully to see how many of the 200 words on the lists these new readers have already mastered.
This will be a very busy month for the Moultonborough Lions
Meetings: the board and business meetings will be held Monday, October 2 starting at 6:30 and 7:00 respectively.
Our usual dinner meeting has a different flair to it this month: On Monday, October 16, members of the Moultonborough Lions Club invited the public to attend a special lecture on “Black Bear Behavior” presented by wildlife rehabilitator Ben Kilham from Lyme, NH. Ben, his sister Phoebe and his wife Debbie have raised over 150 black bear cub orphans over the past 20 plus years! Between Lions and guests, about 70 people attended the fascinating and informative presentation.
A social hour was held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Moultonborough Lions Club on Old Route 109 in Moultonborough. Appetizers provided by the Lions and non-alcoholic beverages were available. Lions Club president Mark Cotrupi welcomed all attendees at 7:00 p.m. sharp. Ben’s hour long slide and video presentation began afterwards and he stayed to answer questions. Special thanks to Mike and Kate Lancor for inviting Ben and his wife.
Ben Kilham is licensed by the State of NH as a wildlife rehabilitator and has a special license to conduct research on black bears. He has been featured on NH Crossroads (NH Public TV), NBC Dateline, National Geographic Television, Discovery Channel, Good Morning American, The Today Show, and the list goes on. Ben is often called “The Bear Whisperer” and raises black bear cubs with minimum human contact so the bears retain their wild nature and can be reintroduced to the wild.
Ben received a B.S. in wildlife from the University of New Hampshire and a PhD in Environmental Sciences from Drexel University. Books authored by Ben include “ Among the Bears” and “Out on a Limb: What Black Bears Have Taught Me About Intelligence and Intuition.” Indeed, Ben is a nationally renown expert on the behavior of black bears.
Raffle: Four Lions: Ed and Sandy Meskys, Joanne Lau, and Peter Allen will be selling raffle tickets at Heath’s on Saturday, October 7, starting at 9:30.
AND on Friday, October 27 Lions Eileen and Bob Zewski, Mark and Sarah Cotrupi, Pat and Joe Keegan, Bob and Betty Purdy, Peter and Judy Strople, Larry and Linda LaPointe, Sally Sibulkin, John Menken, and Mike Lancor, stuffed raffle tickets and letters into 1848 envelopes. The process began at 9 with cider belly donuts and ended at noon with pizza. We are hoping for high yields from this mailing as we were only able to do four selling dates at Heaths this year. Remember it is not too late to get a ticket if you don’t receive any in the mail. We will be selling them until minutes before the drawing for the $5000 prize at the Holiday Fair at Moultonborough Central School on Saturday, December 2.
Who thought that the end of September would feel more like July, even with the leaves starting to change colors!!!
Anyway, thanks to our President and OKS Coordinator, Mark, September was a very busy month doing vision screening in the Lakes Region. On September 7, Mark and John screened 173 InterLakes Middle School students (with 24 referrals). On September 12, Mark, Don, Peter and Kathy, screened 170 students at Laconia Middle School with 25 referrals. Mark, Peter and Kathy were at Thornton Elementary on September 19 and screened 194 students with 27 referrals. And on the 22nd of September, Mark, Sally, Peter, and Don screened 226 students during picture day at Moultonborough Academy (with 17 referrals). Pretty amazing — that’s 763 area students who had their vision screened in four September days!
And of the helping but fun side, on Saturday September 9 Lions George and Carol Englehart, Bob and Betty Purdy, John Menken and Sandy Meskys donated their afternoon to helping Community Caregivers with their Mini-Golf annual Fundraiser. Dressing up in costume on one hole, using the handle side of the club on another, and putting with the incorrect hand were just some of the challenges and fun they faced.
And, of the very last day of September, four Lions (see below) went to do a fall cleaning of our bunkhouse at Camp Pride. Since it was raining we vacuumed, took down and cleaned the window screens, and took down the curtains. Removing the drain pipes and painting trip will have to wait until the spring. The new metal roof has been done!
First of all the meetings: the business and board meetings are Monday, August 7 at 7 pm and 6:30 respectively. The dinner meeting will be earlier than usual this month. Social hour will start at 5pm and the cook-out dinner with residents of the area nursing homes will begin at 6 pm on Monday, August 21.
On Sunday, August 6, three members, John Menken, Jeni Williams, and Sally Sibulkin, attended the 44 H Cabinet Meeting in Windham, NH. (There was a lot of information and paperwork on the tables!
And John and Sally delivered 347 pairs of glasses (285 regular and 62 sunglasses) the Club has collected since the end of April at the various collection and drop-off spots in Moultonborough, Sandwich and Tuftonborough.
The annual Town of Moultonborough Fourth of July parade and “picnic” was held in perfect summer weather. Once again, the Moultonborough Lions ordered, set up the hall, cooked hot dogs and hamburgers, served food, and cleaned up afterwards. One of these years, we really need one of those clickers to find out how many people actually come through the line and get their free meal (the Town pays for the food and the Lions do the rest). We tried a new line set-up and managed to fit many more people inside on the line, away from the heat. Thanks to Mark, John, and Peter for the new traffic flow plan.
Special kudos for being jacks-of-all trades and tireless workers to: Peter and Kathy Allen, Dawn, Joanne, and Mark, and Mike and Kate Lancor from pre-start to finish moping !!!!! And to Jeni for not only coming back but for bringing such good-looking help. For our cooks Mike, Bob and Jack and our tireless runner Marion. And of course, we would be lost without the Strople clean-up crew. And thanks also to those with other, multiple responsibilities: Sally, Sandy, Christine, Pat Strickland and Joe. All in all 20 members of the Lions Club (plus some family and friends), put in a little over 55 hours to make this annual event a continued success.
Scholarship Dinner: On Monday evening, July 17, the Moultonborough Lions invited all 14 of the scholarship winners and their parents plus the winners of the Annie Up Fund scholarships and their parents to the dinner meeting (delicious pork roast, mashed potatoes, stuffing, beets, green beans and gravy). Afterwards, each of the nine Moultonborough Academy students who attended stood up and told us which college he/she would be attending and their possible college majors. We had 54 people at the dinner..
Roadside Trash Pick Up: On Tuesday morning (July 18), after quite the thunder, lightening, and pouring rain of the night before, seven Moultonborough Lions (Mark and Sarah Cotrupi, Michelle Duddy, John Menken, Jenni Williams, Sally Sibulkin, and John Menken) cleared the section of Route 25 from the Center Harbor Town Line sign to the Moultonborough Town Line sign.
At the June dinner meeting, PDG Stanley Brothers inducted the officers for the 2017-18 year. Pictured below from left to right are Stanley Brothers, President Mark Cotrupi, Secretary Sally Sibulkin, Treasurer Dawn Law, First Vice-President Peter Allen and Tail Twister Pat Keegan. Missing is Second VP Pete Strople.
In addition, several Moultonborough Lions were recognized for their contributions over the past year.
Lion of the Year was awarded to Dawn Law and Peter Strople (not pictured).
Good Shepherd Award was presented to Don Trudeau.
The Granite State Award was received by Mark Cotrupi and Sally Sibulkin
And the highest award in Lionism, the Melvin Jones award was given to Pat Keegan
On Thursday, June 8, Lions Club members Kathy, Peter, John and Sally distributed 267 hard-cover books to each Moultonborough Central School student in grades Pre-K through 6, their teachers and one copy of each book to the library.
It was so heartwarming to see the students immediately open their books and start looking at the pages or reading, including the kindergarten students who were pointing to all the words they already know how to read. The enthusiasm and smiles are why this is our second year in a row of doing this. Also of significance is passing on the love of books and reading to the next generation.
Look at the joy in the slideshow below…
Then on Monday, June 12 the Moultonborough Lions donated 138 hard cover books to all the students (K-6) in the Tuftonboro Central School. Mark, John, Peter and Kathy Allen and Sally talked about how the Lions serve — and many of the students remembered us doing the vision screening earlier in the school year. In the fourth grade classroom, the teacher, Mr. Bloomer,suggested that the students bring in no longer used eye glasses from home to school to be collected by the Lions.
The major credit for this year and last year’s book donations goes to John Menken for being the liaison with all three school, ordering the books, arranging for times to go to the schools, and for literally doing most of the heavy lifting — of boxes and boxes of books.
On Saturday, June 10 the sun came out (as did the temperatures) for our work day at the bunkhouse at Camp Pride that we have “adopted.” Thanks to Lion Dawn and her husband who worked before and after this day to put coats on the floor, to Dawn for painting the counselor’s room, and to Kathy Allen for sewing all the curtains. Our outdoor sanders and stain trimmers were Lloyd, Pete Strople, John Menken, and Mark Cotrupi. And Kathy and Sally had the wonderful job of cleaning the bathrooms.