The Moultonborough School District Holiday Fair was held on Saturday, December 1 and the Lions were out and about. Mark, Stephanie, Sally, and Dawn spent four hours doing vision screening at the fair. And eight Lions — one in costume — sold raffle tickets until the 1 pm final drawing. The winner of the $5000 prize was a local Moultonborough resident.
On Friday, December 7 we again hosted Cookies and Caroling for the Community. We had about 55 guests ( people from all three nursing homes, Senior Meals, and Community Caregivers), including Larry Kohut. Plenty of delicious cookies were provided by club members. A delightful preview of Moultonborough Academy’s winter concert songs sung by the Middle School Chorus and directed by Harmony Markey provided excellent entertainment and was followed by a general sing along with Harmony on the guitar and President Peter Allen on the Keyboard, hosted by VP John Menken.
The next day, December 8,we were prepared for 100 people to come to our Community Family Pancake Breakfast from 8-10. The cooks (Larry and Phil) were outside in 4 degree temperatures. And Bill and Peter were inside cooking. The few community members who came (@20) seemed to enjoy themselves, and we got a chance to chat with Harold Damsberg whom we don’t see often. Pete Strople even suited up and stood on the corner of 25 and Old Rte 109 when it was 5 degrees to drum up business. We know we need to make sure our advertising gets out; we hope to have the crowds next year.
On to the giving … each year for many years, the Moultonborough Lions have given a $500 Holiday check to each of the four communities we serve — Moultonborough, Center Harbor, Sandwich, and Tuftonboro. Below are pictures of three of the four checks being donated by President Peter Allen — to Nancy McCue, Director of the Moultonborough Library; Heather Cubeddu from the Town Clerk’s Office in Tuftonboro, and Robin Woodeman from the Selectman’s Office in Center Harbor. Unfortunately, the check was mailed to Sandwich so there was no photo op.
BUT THERE IS MORE …. a truly generous, giving individual act
The winner of the $5,000 Raffle was Brian Sanford of Moultonborough. President Peter tried to reach him right after the drawing to no avail. When Peter finally did reach Brian to congratulate him on winning the $5,000 they agreed to meet for a photo op at the club’s “Thank You Pancake Breakfast” on Saturday morning.
The next day Peter received a call from Brian saying that he went out on the Lions Web Site and was so impressed with what he saw that he decided not to take the money. He wants the club to use it for their many Community Projects. Lions Pride! Thank you so much, Brian, for helping the Moultonborough Lions serve others.
And then we have the Salvation Army Lion bell ringers. Thanks to Mike and Kate Lancor, Don Trudeau (and his wife), and Michelle Duddy (and her daughter) for representing the Lions while ringing the Salvation Army bell at the Walmart in Plymouth.
Plus, a good time was had by all at our Christmas Party/Dinner Meeting. The Yankee Swap was a hit and Susan surprised us all by bidding $100 for the privilege of being Number 1. Joe and Pat finally got to see through the Magic Glasses. And we were able to show our appreciation to Donna Grow who cooks our dinner meals throughout the year with a gift certificate to Hobbs.
Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year, 2019.