December 2016

Well the snow finally appeared, and even though it is just the 7th of December as I write this, we Lions have been busy:

We (Mark, Joe, Pat K, both Peters, Sally and Marion plus one member from the Women’s Club — Barbara Koehler) decorated the Club for Christmas on Friday the second of December so that all can enjoy the lights and wreaths and tree for an entire month.  Forgot to take a photo,but hopefully all of you will see it and the Christmas Dinner meeting on Monday, December 12 (remember to bring in a book — for children 6 months to 18 years — to be donated to CHAD at the January Mid-Winter Convention).

Then there was the Holiday Fair at the Moultonborough Central School.  It was our last day for the raffle.  Thanks to the sales skills of Bob and Betty Purdy, Joe and Pat Keegan, Dawn Law, Joanne Lau, Don Trudeau, and Peter Strople we took in  $1,312 in sales that day!

I so want to title this photo:  “Please let me draw MY ticket; I’m really concentrating and not looking.”

unnamed-2The winning ticket was drawn at 1 pm by Christine and was a gentleman from Topsfield, Massachusetts who has a summer home on the Neck Road near Kona .  Thanks to all who purchased tickets we will be able to continue giving several good scholarships to college-bound students.

President Mark and Secretary Sally did vision screening at the Fair for the second year in a row.  We screened 65 children with 7 referrals to see an eye doctor.

Friday, December 9, we celebrated the first (hopefully, annual) Cookies and Caroling at the Moultonborough Lions Club from 1-3 pm.  Peter Allen,second vice-president of the Lions and on the Board of Directors of the Inter-Lakes Community Caregivers, proposed a joint venture between the two service organizations.  Peter is a retired music teacher and has been hosting cookies and caroling in various forms over the years.  Peter also provided the music sheets for everyone, played the piano, and asked Christmas trivia questions.  The Community Caregivers provided items for raffle and the Lions baked the cookies — which filled four tables!!!!!  Approximately 50 “neighbors” were in attendance with about 20 members of both the Lions and Caregivers.  A Great time was had by all.  Check out the slide show below.

And thanks go out to four Lions members — Mike and Kate Lancor and Eileen and Bob Zewski — who spent four hours in front of the Plymouth Walmart ringing the Salvation Army bells.

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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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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.

Contest winner Cameron ShannonKathleen D'Haene, Cameron, Jeni Williams, Peter Srrople

Fall Happenings

One other thing that happened late summer/early fall was the much needed cleaning of the Lions Den.  With four people working (Sandy, Mark, John and Sally) much was accomplished.

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The August dinner meeting was the annual cook-out with area nursing homes and the evening was a success.

SEPTEMBER:  The September dinner meeting featured guest speaker, Katie Blackadar, a Moultonborough Academy graduate who received her RN degree from UNH.  Her first nursing experience was in Tennessee and from there she became a traveling nurse, her latest position being in the state of Washington. Katie spoke to us about her 10-month volunteer experience on the Africa Mercy, which was docked in Madagascar. She began with a video outlining one patient’s story and then told us about  the different kinds of operations performed on the ship…tumor removals, facial surgeries, and orthopedic (club feet) to name a few. The number of people needing medical assistance and surgeries was staggering. Katie lived in an onboard cabin with 5 other volunteers and worked in outpatient care on the ship, tending to the needs of post-op patients. Katie’s experience was very positive, and not only did the Mercy Ship experience provide inspiration for her and renew and redirect her dedication to nursing, it is also something she would like to volunteer for again. Volunteers must pay their own way and for all their living expenses, so this is truly a giving experience for the hundreds of men and women from all over the world who provide their expertise, love, and dedication to others.

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The Lions Club performed two vision screenings:  One at Moultonborough Academy, coordinated by nurse Carolyn Nelson on picture taking day (Friday, September 25), where over 200 students in grades 7-12 were screened.  And the second on Wednesday, October 7 at Inter-Lakes High School where over 100 seventh and eighth graders were screened thanks to scheduling by nurse Jodi Pendexter.

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Also, on Friday, October 2, the Moultonborough Lions Club hosted a Red Cross Blood drive, coordinated by Chairperson, Sandy Meskys.  Thirty pints of blood were donated thanks to the efforts of the donors, the Red Cross and Lions Sandy, Joe and Pat Keegan, Kate and Mike Lancor, Don Trudeau, John Menken, Eileen and Bob Zewski, Larry Lapointe, and Joanne Lau.

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Also in October, Lions Don Trudeau and Sally Sibulkin did the final fall weeding of the top area of Sutherland Park.  More help will be needed in the spring with some new plantings and the staining of the picnic table and benches.

The October dinner meeting will be held on Monday, October 9.  District Governor Scott Wilson will induct five new members to the Club at this time.  Photos will follow after the event.

Also in October…on Friday October 30, beginning at 9 am (with coffee and donuts) as many Lions as can make it are asked to come to the Club and help stuff the envelopes with letters and raffle tickets for the annual raffle fund-raiser.  The winning ticket will be drawn at the MCS Holiday Fair on December 5.

The Fourth and the Rest of July

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The Fourth of July:  Approximately 16 members helped prepare for and serve a meal of hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, cole slaw, macaroni salad and watermelon to the Fourth of July parade participants and walkers.  And a big round of applause to Sandy Meskys for ordering all the food.  Next year, we will need to keep count of all the people who were fed as we were all so busy we couldn’t even guess at the number.    We only took two photos (again, everyone was so busy) which are not the best…But we have an excellent photo of Lion Pete Strople who managed to go home with a second place trophy as well as help out with the meal.

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Golf Tournament:  The annual Ed Seleck Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, July 20 with a tee time of 8 am.  Lions will be setting things up at 6:30 am and helping throughout.  There is still room for a few teams to enter.  Contact Mike Lancor (loonatic@roadrunner.com) or pick up an entry form at Meredith Village Savings Bank.

Dinner Meeting:  The July dinner meeting will also be held on Monday, July 20.  We have invited as our guests the Lions Scholarship recipients and their parents.  Social hour will be from 6:00 – 7:00 pm with dinner at 7:00

 

 

Dates to Remember for October, November, and December

Monday, October 20 will be the monthly dinner meeting.  Three new members will be inducted, the speaker will be Will Powers, and the dinner will be chicken parmesan.

Friday, October 24 will be the annual “stuffing” party, starting around 10 am.  Come and help get out the raffle letters while socializing with fellow Lions.

Monday, November 3Board of Directors meeting at 6 pm, followed by the Business Meeting at 7

Saturday, November 8 is the fall Hope Auction.  Helpers are needed on Friday, November 7, Saturday, and for clean-up on Sunday, November 9.

Monday, November 17 — Dinner meeting.  The speaker will be Harry Vogel from the Loon Center.

Monday, December 8 Christmas Holiday Get Together — Lions and Women’s Club.  More details to follow.

Photos – August and September

Photos below are of the August diner where residents of local nursing homes are invited for a bar-b-que meal.  Entertainment was provided by Julia Velie.

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The annual golf tournament winner of the putting contest was Eli, Mike and Kate Lancor’s grandson.

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And, at the September dinner meeting, the gazebo was dedicated in memory of Lion Ed Dobson.  Below is a photo of his wife, Dorrie, and his grandson, Philip at the brief outdoor ceremony.

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It’s Raffle Time Again!

As you all know, the annual raffle is the main fundraiser of the Moultonborough Lions Club and the source of the majority of the community scholarships given by the Club.

The dates for selling tickets at E.M. Heath’s are as follows:

  • Thursday, July 3.  Two shifts:  noon – 2:30 and 2:30 – 5:00
  • Saturday, July 19.  Two shifts:  9:30 – noon and noon to 2:30
  • Saturday, August 9.  Two shifts: 9:30 – noon and noon to 2:30
  • Saturday, August 30.  Two shifts: 9:30 – noon and noon to 2:30
  • Saturday, September 13.  Two shifts: 9:30 – noon and noon to 2:30
  • Saturday, October 11.  Two shifts: 9:30 – noon and noon to 2:30

Pat Strickland has already volunteered to sell tickets at the 4th of July Cookout at the Lions Club.

And we will need four people to volunteer ago sell on Saturday, December 6 at the Moultonborough Holiday Fair at MCS.

  Do the math; if we can get 24 people, each would only spend two and 1/2 hours on this project.  Remember to sign up at the dinner meeting, business meeting, or by contact Eileen Zewski

We will also need volunteers to stamp return addresses and put stamps (and perhaps address labels) in advance of the “Stuffing Party”  which will be held on Friday, October 24 when we put together all the envelopes for mailing, followed by a pizza lunch.  Signs up for this will happen in September and October.

 

Other May Happenings

Memorial Day Weekend

Remember this Memorial Day weekend is also White Cane weekend.  Lion’s Club members and members of the Moultonborough Scout group will be collecting money at both Heath’s Supermarket and Heath’s Hardware.  Stop by from nine to three on Saturday  and contribute to this worthy cause.

Hope Auction

Saturday, May 31 brings the Annual Hope Auction, the benefits of which go to area food pantries.  As always there will be plenty of good items in both the regular and the silent auctions.  Early viewing of the items offered begins at 4:30.

Raffle Drawing and Winner

On Saturday afternoon, December 7, at the Moultonborough Central School, the winning raffle ticket was drawn from the drum.

drawing of the winning ticketThe winner was Joyce Egge from Danbury, NH, shown below receiving her $5,000 check from Eileen Zewski, chairman of the raffle committee.

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Merry Christmas to all those who worked on the raffle and all those who purchased raffle tickets to make this a very successful fund-raising year.