February into March 2017

In spite of all the snow at the beginning of February, we managed to hold both our February meetings and all but one of the Tuesday night Bingo events.

In case people have not heard, on January 24, Governor Chris Sununu proclaimed 2017 to be the Year of the Lion in NH, recognizing the many services provided by Lions Clubs across the state.

READING IN THE SCHOOLS:  On four separate days in February, the following Lions read to students in grades K-2 at Moultonborough Central School:  Joe and Pat Keegan, John Menken, Mark Cotrupi, Peter and Kathy Allen, Dawn Law and Sally Sibulkin.  In March, we will have a special treat in store for us — on four Wednesdays in a row we will be read TO by the Kindergarten students.

The February dinner meeting, started at 6:30 with a social half hour followed by a Pot Luck dinner. There was more food than even double the number of members who attended could consume. Everything was delicious, but from what I heard, the favorite dish was the minestrone soup created by Larry LaPoint’s wife. The appetizers prepared by Don Trudeau’s wife were also a hit as well as three decadent desserts.  Actually, everything was delicious!!!

Unfortunately, we lost a fellow Lion in February — William Schultz.  Bill had been a Lion for 29 years and served on many committees, was president of the club, and exemplified the Lion Motto: We Serve.

We also finally purchased a new raffle wheel for our raffle sales.  The old one finally broke down.  The new one is gold —  like the pot of goldIMG_2820

at the end of the rainbow

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which leads us into more March happenings:

March 5: Meet the Candidate Night at the Lions Club, beginning at 6:30

March 6: Board and Business Meetings. Board starts at 6:30; business meeting at 7:00

March 9: Vision Screening in Thornton  and Distributing new books to all the students at Sandwich Central School

March 10: Remembering Annie Forts – UP Fund-raising celebration. This will be at Church Landing from 7-10pm. Tickets are $25/person or $45 for two and can be purchased online, at George’s Diner or from Don Trudeau.

Sunday, March 12: District 44H Cabinet Meeting in Nashua.

March 20: Dinner Meeting (back to the regular 6-7 social hour time)

March 24: Blood Drive at the Lions Club (9 am – 2 pm)..

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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August with the Lions

Almost 90 individuals—Lions and guests, 13 members of the Sandwich Dog Club (plus 7 dogs and a lop-eared bunny), and 38 guests from three of the area nursing homes (Mountain View, Golden View, and Forest View) had a great evening at Monday’s August dinner meeting.

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Rainbow colored tables were filled with people enjoying appetizers and song during the social hour. Special thanks to Lion Peter Allen for the idea of the sing-a-long, for getting printed copies of the songs, and for playing the piano so masterfully.

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After the dinner (hot dogs and hamburgers cooked by Lions Mike, Jack, and Sam and the food line manned by Lion Christine and her daughter and Lion Kathy), masterfully served by many of the Lions, the Sandwich Dog Club walked around with a bunny to pet and then performed with their dogs both indoors and out.

 

For additional entertainment, Pat Keegan asked us all to wear “crazy” hats. Below is a group photo, followed by a slide show of our August parade of hats (while we did parade for our judges from the nursing homes, these photos are of individuals).  Check out the slide show following the group photo.

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Also, three Lions:  Jeni Williams, Patricia Strickland, and John Menken attended the August 16 District 44H Cabinet meeting.  Pat brought the glasses we have collected to donate:  160 pairs of glasses plus 48 pairs of sunglasses.

Giving Books to Young Students

Thanks to the energetic pursuit of Reading is Fundamental as a source, Lion John Menken led the drive to put individual books in the hands of students in three school districts:  Moultonborough Central School, Sandwich Central School, and Tuftonboro Central School.  It was a lengthy process that involved much communication between John and the reading specialists and principals at the schools and putting up with a lot of computer difficulties and ordering snafus from the site we used to purchase the books.  But finally, the orders for all three schools came in and  had their “Gift from the Moultonborough Lions Club” sticker attached, and were ready to be distributed.

On Tuesday, June 7, President Jeni, John, and Sally went to Moultonborough Central School to hand out 158 books to students in Pre-K through grade 6, after posing for a photo op with the Principal, Kathleen D’Haene and the Reading Specialist, Carissa O’Gara (she is wearing the yellow shirt that is very similar to John’s Lion shirt).

Then on Tuesday, June 14, we traveled to Tuftonboro Central School where John, Mark, Kathy and Peter Allen, and Sally distributed 67 books to students in grades K through 3.  In the photo with the rainbow and sun you will note  (on the left next to John and going to the right):  Diane Wheeler, Reading Specialist, Andrea Fournier, Principal, and Jane Meagher, Reading Associate.

On Wednesday, June 15, John, Peter and Sally arrived at the Sandwich Central School to deliver 79 books to each of the students in the school (grades K through 6).  The panoramic photo is of all the Sandwich students in the gym after they selected their books.

The very best thing about giving the books to the young students was their appreciation.  Upon getting their book, each one immediately opened in and began to read (or in the case of the younger students) or to look at the animal pictures.  The theme for all the books at Moultonborough was animals and that was particularly appropriate for the third graders who were just finishing up a unit on endangered animals.  It was a joy to see their joy and to continue to promote reading as a life-long pleasure.  A similar giving out of books in Tuftonboro was done by a certain book for each student in a specific grade.  In Sandwich the classroom teachers attempted to personalize book choices for each student (as much as we could do with the ups and downs of the computer ordering process).

 

 

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

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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.

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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!.

 

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.

January and February

It seems as though January was the month of meetings for Lions. On Thursday, January 28, John Menken, Jeni Williams, Pat Strickland, and Sally Sibulkin attended the Zone meeting in Wakefield. According to the Zone Chairperson, it was the best attended Zone meeting in a while. The next Zone meeting will be in Wolfeboro in March – the Green on Green meeting, corned beef and cabbage dinner, and bidding on items wrapped in green.

Then the weekend immediately following was the Multi-District Convention in Nashua. Jeni Williams and Sally Sibulkin attended and came back with some good information and contacts. By the way, we were one of only nine clubs to submit a Peace Poster. The committee framed a copy of our club winner’s poster which we will ask to have hung at MCS to help publicize the 2016 contest

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At the dinner, letters nominating Lions for the Lions Academy Awards of Recognition were read. Our club, as you can see from the page in the program, had two letters: one for John Menken for Lifeboat Lion and one for Joe and Pat Keegan for Best Supporting Lion. While neither one the trophy, we are proud to have them mentioned and honored. They were in excellent company.

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Also in January, we had to cancel the dinner meeting because of weather.

February’s dinner will be Pot Luck (as Donna is away) with a Valentine decorations on Monday February 15.

Lion’s Club Scholarships -2014

The Moultonborough Lion’s Club is giving 12 scholarships to deserving high school seniors from the communities it represents.  Award ceremonies at Inter-Lakes High School and Kingwood Regional High School have not yet been held.  However, Tuesday evening, May 27, Moultonborough Academy held its annual Senior/Parent/Scholarship Banquet at Geneva Point.  Nine Moultonborough Academy students (pictured below) each received a $1,000 scholarship.  Two of scholarships were from the Bicentennial Scholarship Trust Fund; the other scholarships were funded by the annual Lion’s Club Raffle.

Moultonborough Academy Scholarship Recipients

Moultonborough Academy Scholarship Recipients

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.