July of a new Lion “Year”

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.

August 2017

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!

Jeni was inducted as a Zone Chairperson








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.

These glasses are then sent sent by the Hampton Lions Club to Roanoke, VA where the Lions maintain a national recycling center.  The glasses are inspected (for a second time), checked by machine for exact magnification and prescription, cleaned, and then sorted by prescription.  When a request from a clinic in one on many third world countries comes, the glasses are then shipped out for that individual to have a chance for clear vision.
The annual August dinner with the residents of three area nursing homes — Forest View, Golden View, and the Taylor Home — seemed to be a big success.  Mike, Larry LaPointe, and Jack were the grill masters, preparing hot dogs and hamburgers.  Sally, Christine, and Kathy were on the serving line, and several other Lions were waiters and waitresses.  Special thanks to Peter Allen for selecting songs, printing out verses so all could sing along, and for his expert playing of the accordion to accompany the singing.  Many of the Lions were most enthusiastically singing and encouraging the singing.  And Eileen Zewski even serenaded her husband, Bob.

April Events

Thanks to the effort and organizational skills of VP Mark Cotrupi, we completed two OKS vision screenings this month.  On Thursday, April 14, Mark, Don Trudeau, and Sally Sibulkin screened 97 third and fifth grade students at Pleasant Street Elementary School


and then on Tuesday, April 19 six Moultonborough Lions (Mark Cotrupi, Don Trudeau, Sally Sibulkin, Jeni Williams, Kathy Allen, and John Menken), two Wolfeboro Lions (John Adams and Brian Murphy), and Lois Smith from the Laconia/Gilford Lions Club screened 392 students at Laconia Middle School.  It was almost a day-long project and it was nice to collaborate with individuals from other Lions Clubs in the area.


That is almost 500 students screened in two days !!!!

Also coming up in April is the Route 25 roadside clean-up.  Look for more information from Kay Peranelli about this event that will take place on Saturday, April 30.  Come join us make five miles in Moultonborough something we can be proud of.  Call or e-mail Kay to sign up.

At the April dinner meeting, nominations for officers for the 2016-17 Lions year were presented and voted upon.  Following is the list of officers for the coming year:

  • *President: Mark Cotrupi
  • *1st Vice President: John Menken
  • *2nd Vice President: Peter Allen
  • *Secretary: Sally Sibulkin
  • *Treasurer: Joe Keegan
  • *Immediate Past President: Jenifer Williams
  • *Board of Directors: Jack Weinmann (2 years) Don Trudeau (2 years), Dawn Law (2 years), Marion Powers (1), Kay Peranelli (1), and Mike Lancor (1), Peter Strople (1)
  • Tail Twister: Anne Forts and Pat Keegan
  • *Lion Tamer: Pat Keegan
  • *Membership Committee Chairman: Joanne Lau

Coming up in May:  Business Meeting on Monday, May 2 ), and the monthly dinner meeting on May 16 (with a presentation about the Annie Up Fund Trust).

Also, we will be going to help clean up around Camp Pride on three weekend days in May — Sunday, May 15, Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22.  It’s not to late to sign up and join us….lots of things for photo ops!.


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

44H Nov.mtg


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!)


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).

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.

scholarship recipients


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!)



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.


We’re on Facebook

Lion Dawn Law has created a Facebook page for our club.  Check it out at:


When you click LIKE, you will share information about the Moultonborough Lions to your friends.  Help spread the word and increase our presence and, in turn, increase our membership.

Thanks to Dawn and the Membership Committee under Jenifer Williams’ leadership!



Labor Day coming on the September 1 put a bit of a change in our meeting schedule.  We had the business and Board of Directors meeting on Monday, September 8.

fall leaf

However, the dinner meeting will still be the third Monday of the month which is September 15.  Please plan to arrive at 6 pm as we will be dedicating the Gazebo at 6:15.

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.

'13 raffle winner

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.


July Meetings

This month’s business meeting will be held on Monday, July 1.  The dinner meeting will be held on Monday, July 15, beginning with appetizers at 6 pm and dinner at 7:00.  Hopefully, all or the majority of the scholarship recipients from Moultonborough Academy, Kingswood Regional High School, and Inter-Lakes High School and their parents will attend this meeting and the Lions can meet the recipients and find out a little more about them.

Mark your calendars.  We hope to see as many members as possible at both.

June Dinner Meeting

At last week’s June dinner meeting –delicious pot roast — the new officers were installed for the 2013-2014 year.  Sandy Meskys has “retired” from her six years as treasurer and was awarded a plaque for her dedicated service and putting up with all the difficulties associated with that office.  Also honored were Bob and Elaine Zewski who received the Lions of the Year Award for all that they contribute to the Club, especially the many hours spent on the raffle, our major fundraiser. ( I apologize for the fuzzy photo of the Zewskis.)

new officers:board      Sandy Meskys honored

Lions of the Year