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!

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.

Winter is here…but not the snow — yet

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.  On Sunday, the 15th of November, five Moultonborough Lions — Pat Strickland, John Menken, Peter Strople, Sally Sibulkin and Jeni Williams — attended the 44H District Meeting at Pheasant Ridge Country Club.  There were many committee reports and interesting news presented, along with an ample and enjoyable brunch buffet.  These meetings happen four times a year.  If other Lions are interested in attending please let us know.  And think about attending the Multiple District Annual Mid-Winter Convention to be held in Nashua at the end of January.  You can register until mid-January.  See Jeni or Sally if you a

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DECEMBER

On Friday, December 4 6 Lions and 1 member of the Women’s Club decorated the Club for Christmas.  Seven pairs of hands and willing workers enabled us to complete the decorating in one hour.  (Remember, we will need people to help take down the decorations as well!)

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The dinner meeting this month will be the annual Christmas get-together with the Women’s Club.  Good food (baked ham), good entertainment, and good fellowship.  Please note that it will be held on Monday, December 14, starting at six with a hospitality hour.  Bring an UNWRAPPED item for the raffle table.

Holiday Fair Lions Club Events

And Lions were busy on Saturday, December 5 as well.  We had six people (Joe and Pat Keegan,  Bob and Betty Purdy, John Menken, and Bob Zewski doing the last of the raffle sales.  This was the culmination of five other days of sales in front of Heath’s Supermarket and a large scale mailing.  Thanks to the efforts of many Lions, we managed to net almost $12,000 to be used for scholarships.  This is after the prize money was given and after expenses.

And during that same Holiday Fair Mark Cotrupi, Sally Sibulkin, Jeni Williams and John Menken held vision screenings.  The youngest child screened was 8 months old (and we were too polite to ask the age of the oldest person).

A Busy Fall for the Moultonborough Lions

At the October Dinner Meeting, District Governor Scott Wilson, inducted five new members to our club and had them sign the large banner he is brining to every club this year, as one of his directives is , “keep one; add one.”  Below is a photo of DG Wilson, with new members: Kathy Allen, Peter Allen, Christine Woodland, Joanne Lau, Ted Olguin, and President, Jeni Williams.

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Blood Drive on Friday, October 2

Sandy Meskys organized the Red Cross blood drive at the Lions Club the first Friday in October and was assisted by the following Lions:  helping Sandy on the morning shift were Joe and Pat Keegan and Don Trudeau; the afternoon shift was manned by Kate and Mike Lancor, John Menken, Eileen and Bob Zewski, Larry LaPointe, Jeni Williams and Joanne Lau.

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Raffle Stuffing Party.  Around 2,700 envelopes were stuffed on Friday, October 30 in about three hours, under the direction of raffle chairmen, Eileen and Bob Zewski.  The following Lions were part of the “assembly line” for getting out the letters for our major fundraising activity:  Pat and Joe Keegan, Mike and Kate Lancor, Pat Strickland, Peter and Kathy Allen, Jeni Williams, Sally Sibulkin, Roy Putnam, Sam Pylypczuk, Ed and Sandy Meskys, Peter and Judy Strople, Larry LaPointe, and Jack Weinmann.

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Peace Poster Contest — The winner of the International Lions Club Peace Poster Contest for the  Moultonborough Lions Club was sixth grader, Cameron Shannon, shown below with MCS Principal, Kathleen D’Haene, President Jeni, and Peter Strople.

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More July Happenings

At the July dinner meeting, six of the 11 scholarship recipients, Sage Lincoln, Peter Baker, Kelsey Coppinger, Zachary Atwell, Elaine Velie and Veronica Diltz,  and their parents were present.  Each gave  information on which college they would be attending and what major they were considering.

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Sutherland Park.  Since deciding to recommit to part of our original Adopt-a-Spot (the upper portion), things have been moving along quickly, thanks to the committee chairman, Peter Stropple.  We have the approval of the town and four of the committee met on July 21 to decide what work needed to be done.  Then on July 22, 25, and 27, five LIons (Pete, Sally, Dawn, Christine, and Joann) put in several hours weeding and getting rid of scrub trees.  I especially want to commend our two newest Lions — Joanne Lau and Christine Woodland for jumping into a service activity so quickly (this is their first month as a Lion!)

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We forgot to take “before” photos.  But we will post some “after” photos soon.

One more July Event — The Ed Selek Memorial Golf Tournament.  The day was perfect for this fundraising and fun event.  And a few Lions got some sunburn.  We raised quite a bit of money, and everyone enjoyed the day.  I will gladly post photos if someone will send them to me.

 

Large Donation to Operation Kid Sight

The club, via president John Menken and vice-president, Jennifer Willi,  presented a $5,000 check to First Vice District Governor 44H, Scott Wilson to aid in the purchase of 15 new vision screening machines for  OPERATION KID SIGHT in the state of New Hampshire.  NH Lions raised a total of $53,392 which will be matched by Lions International.

Scott will be our “point” man with the Health Source Board, and newly inducted member, Mark Cotrupi with be our coordinator for the vision screening. In addition to Mark, 7 other Moultonborough Lions will be trained on one of the 15 new machines, hopefully during the month of November. The purpose of the screening is to catch any vision problems early and send the individuals to the appropriate eye care professionals.

This will mean 17 vision screening machines for the State (as we already had two) to cover 220 NH towns. The new machines are smaller and can screen @ 100 students in approximately 45 minutes. All students (who return permission forms) from 6 months through grade 6 will be screened, and students in grades 7, 9, and 11.

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Sutherland Park Service Project

Dedicated to James Sutherland in 2000, Sutherland Park is a beautiful spot to sit and appreciate nature, take a trail walk, or launch a canoe or kayak.  The Moultonborough Lions Club, along with Aubuchon’s Mark Tuckerman, chose this spot for its Adopt-a-Spot and has been weeding, planting, cutting bush, and other beautification tasks for several years with the help of local Scouts and the Moultonborough Academy Middle School students.

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Come next spring we will be looking for members (and potential new members) to help us with this project.  Check here for date, time, and sign up.

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