The weather got unseasonably hot, followed by temperatures in the 50’s and rain and clouds. However, our typical activities continued, as many were indoors. We have welcomed back most of the “snow birds” and are looking forward to seeing them at activities, meetings, and dinner. We would also like to have potential new members come to a meeting or ask a Club member what we do and why one should join a service organization.

Camp Pride: The long anticipated bathroom renovation of our adopted bunkhouse is due to be completed the middle of June. Sally and Dawn painted doors and trim in May and several members will be hanging the curtains, cleaning the windows, floors, and mattresses (doing the spring cleaning) towards the end of June.

White Cane Day Collecting for the Blind: On May 23, five Lions and four Boy Scouts and one Cub Scout, collected $1,250. We couldn’t have done it without the help of the Scouts (and as soon as I have a photo, I will post it here). And we thank all of the area residents and visitors who donated money.

Sutherland Park: The Moultonborough Lions have once again adopted the upper section of Sutherland Park to keep beautiful, weed-free, and watered. The Lions special ordered the American Chestnut tree (which was resistant to Chestnut Blight) the first year the Club sponsored the garden. And we are happy to report that this year, the tree is looking healthy and blooming.

Scholarships: The Club awarded $10,000 in scholarships and a $500 Book Scholarship, honoring Joe and Pat Keegan for all their service to the Club and the Community. They were announced at ceremonies in the three schools where students from the communities we serve will be graduating. From Inter-Lakes:  Egan Towle and Sara Harris.  From Kingswood:  David McWhirter and Abigail Fournier (who received the Keegan scholarship); and from Moultonborough Academy:  Elise Steward, Abigail Bryant and Olivia Tatro (pictured below with Mike and Kate Lancor who presented the scholarships at the Scholarship Night).

Dinner Meetings (the third Monday of the month): At May’s dinner meeting we learned more about each jindividual Lion’s early life which was a lot of fun as we don’t often get to know one another outside of service activities. June’s dinner meeting we will hear from Master Beekeeper, Athena. Hoping to post a photo here after the dinner on the 19th of June. Sounds like a most interesting topic!

Lion of the Year: Marilyn Indelicato was a most deserving recipient of our Club’s Lion of the Year Award. Marilyn joined the club in September of 2019 and has been one of our most active members — in the last two years alone, she put in almost 340 service hours. Many will have seen her just about every Tuesday night working at Bingo (selling sheets or working behind the scene. She was active at the state level and involved herself in so many of our service activities from Camp Pride to selling raffle tickets and helping with the mailings. Marilyn epitomizes the heart, soul, and energy of a Lion.

Books to Schools: On June 6, Lions Peter and Kathy Allen distributed books to each of the 102 students at Tuftonboro Central School.

Coming up: Fourth of July barbecue and raffle sales in front of Heath’s.