April 2017

Now that April is almost at a close, we will be getting back many of our members.  Welcome to those who came back in time for the April dinner meeting and a future welcome to those we will see in May.

Speaking of the dinner meeting, we were treated to an interesting talk from Walter Johnson, the Town Administrator.  He spoke of many things including the new solar power station to be built on the Neck Road and the cost of the cleanup and repair to the town from the brutal March storm.

We also did three vision screenings in April in which we screened over 170 children.  We were at Imaginations on the 18th, the Sandwich Children Center on the 17th, and Tuftonboro Central school on the 11th.  Below is a photo of President and OKS Coordinator, Mark Cotrupi explaining the vision screener to a group of kindergarten students.

March is Marching On

March is also a celebration of reading and Dr. Seuss in many of the schools in our area.  To coordinate with that, we distributed the books we bought — one for each of the 79 students — for the students at Sandwich Central School.  What a treat to see them all at the assembly in their Cat-in-the-Hat hats.  The school also let John and I wear one when we went into a classroom afterwards to read a Dr. Seuss book the Primary Multiage Class.  Peter and Kathy Allen also read a Dr. Seuss book to the Middle Multiage Class.

And speaking of reading….on three Wednesdays in March Lions Pat K., Joe, Sally, and Dawn were read to by MCS students in the two Kindergarten classes.  On one Wednesday Dawn and Sally were treated to the second grade students reading us the book reviews they had just finished writing and then being read a selection of their favorite books.  The pride in their eyes at their accomplishments was a joy to behold.

In March we also finally held the induction ceremony for James Duddy

Moultonborough Lions Club President Mark Cotrupi, newly inducted Lion Jim Duddy with his sponsor Lion Dawn Law and Multiple District 44 Council Secretary/Treasurer GMT Steve Middlemiss.

This was done at the dinner meeting where we donned Irish hats, ate corned beef and some “Irish” coffee.


Also, on Friday, March 24 we sponsored a Red Cross blood drive at the Club.  Coordinated by President Mark Cotrupi, Sally Sibulkin, Peter Strople, and John Menken helped facilitate the drive.  Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate.  It started snowing around 9:30 and we got 6 inches of wet, heavy snow, which deterred walk-in donors.  However, 31 donors did manage to come.

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

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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)..

January 2017

The speaker for our January dinner meting was Marylee Gorham, Executive Director of the NH Humane Society (on Meredith Center Road). Peter Allen, who is on the Board of the Humane Society proposed that we have Marylee as our speaker; and it was an excellent idea.


I never knew that the Humane Center was originally a Woman’s Humane Society. In the past 20 or so years, the NH Humane Society has built a beautiful new complex, increased the number of pets that be cared for, medically treated and adopted.

Puppy Love and Cat Tails are volunteer programs for children and one project that is in the works in Catio (a outdoor socialization space for cats). She mentioned how the veterinarian at the Society does so much good.

Marylee offered to take us around the complex (any days but Monday and Wednesday when it is closed). You can also check out their website to see ways that individuals can volunteer or adopt or donate. And speaking of donations, we Lions gave Marylee a $200 check for the Humane Society.

President Mark presented Pat Strickland with a plaque honoring her 15 years of dedication to Bingo…all the countless hours and worries and tasks involved in providing this entertainment to the surrounding communities.


And Pete Strople showed us the First Place Plaque given to us by the town of Moultonborough for our adoption of the upper part of Sutherland Garden, with special thanks to Marion Powers for planting over 100 annuals.


What happens to the eyeglasses Lions collect?

When you drop a pair of well-used, no longer needed eyeglasses into one of the Lions’ collection baskets or boxes, dod you realize that each pair has a long journey ahead.  From that collection box it might go to Mexico, Uganda, the Philippines, Brazil, Egypt — eventually all over the world.  But first it has to be sorted locally (in Hampton, NH) and then in Virginia for further processing.  All the work is done by volunteers.

The Hampton Lions Club check and sort all the glasses received from District 44H Lions Clubs.  Further sorting is completed at a second local site, and after being counted and packaged, those glasses are on their way to Roanoke, VA.

In Roanoke, the Lions maintain one of several national recycling centers for used glasses.  When the glasses arrive there, each pair of glasses or sunglasses is once again inspected, then checked by machine for exact magnification and prescription, cleaned, and sorted by prescription.  There, they wait until a request comes in from a doctor who has been to clinics in the third world countries and who can match a pair of glasses through an exam to someone who has perhaps never before been able to see properly.  That pair of glasses is shipped out to that individual.  THERE ARE MORE REQUESTS AT ROANOKE THAN THERE ARE GLASSES TO FILL THEM.  Please remember our donation boxes and tell your friends when you have old pairs of glasses that no longer fit your needs.  They may get to change a life in a far-off place.


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.



It’s November already!

We started November off by judging the Peace Poster Contest entries from the students at Moultonborough Central School.  Dawn and Sally spoke to all the fifth and sixth graders in October and then Pete, John and Sally along with the MCS principal, Kathleen D’Haene, and two faculty members judged the posters.  Below is the winning poster and artist, sixth grader Elise Stewart.

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While the poster did not win at the District 44H Level, all of us are very proud of Elise’s effort and creativity.


At the District 44H meeting Sunday morning, we received the Club Excellence Award for the year 2015-16.  Jeni was president at the time and stood by the head table to receive the patch and pin.

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The Board and Business Meetings will be held Monday evening, November 7.

The dinner meeting will be Monday, November 21.  District Governor Al Goldstein will be at this meeting to meet the club members, to initiate new members, and to judge the Environmental Photo Contest Entries.  Remember to bring your photo in to be judged!

The turkeys and I wish you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING !



October Events

Please remember that the business meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, October 3.  The Board meeting begins at 6:30, followed by the business meeting.

The Boston College bOp! Jazz ensemble was at the Moultonborough Community Auditorium on October 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, playing and singing tunes from the 40’s to present day.

A little over 150 people had a truly memorable time at the concert.



All concert proceeds directly support Lions Club service projects in Center Harbor, Sandwich, Tuftonboro and Moultonborough.

Also in October — Vision Screening at the Sandwich Fair.  On Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9, Moultonborough Lions Mark Cotrupi, John Menken, Dawn Law, Sally Sibulkin and Joe and Pat Keegan screened 253 individuals.  Quite the weekend?



The October dinner meeting (on the 17th) was quite interesting.  President Mark explained the use of the spot screener, we tried “dessert in the dark — eating while blindfolded, –and learned some very interesting personal backgrounds of several of our members.

Still coming up….the stuffing of envelopes with letters and raffle tickets will take place on Friday, October 28, beginning at 9:30 am.  Even if you haven’t signed up to help yet, please come if you can.  The more hands, the faster we can accomplish this important task.



What we are up to in September — and it’s quite a bit…

Raffle sales:  we are having two in September on the 3rd and the 24th.  Let’s support this effort to  fundraise for scholarships and other community service projects.

VISION SCREENING:  President Mark has been busy contacting schools and creating a schedule for us to screen school children in the Lakes Region.  On September 12, six Lions (Mark, John, Sally, Peter and Kathy Allen, and Don) spent the morning at Gilford Elementary School.  We screened 339 children and four adults in two and a half hours with the fantastic spot screener shown below…


On Friday, September 23  Mark Cotrupi, Kathy Allen, and Don Trudeau once again performed vision screening at Moultonborough Academy during Picture Day.

On Saturday, September 10, twelve of us had a fun time playing mini-golf at the Community Caregivers Fundraiser event.  Three Moultonborough Lions even got a hole-in-one each.  Of course, we did not score well enough to win a trophy, but the important thing was contributing to a good cause and the camaraderie of our TWO TEAMS.

Fall cleaning of our newly adopted cabin at Camp Pride on

Saturday, September 17.


Four Lions — Lloyd Conery, Mark Cotrupi, Jeni Williams, and Dawn Law (with her husband, Steve) — spent the morning painting the exterior trim, cleaning out the gutters, polyurethaning half the floor, as well as cleaning the windows and screens.  They also took down the curtains to replace them next spring.    Dawn is pointing to the window cleaning can which was donated by Paul Atwell of WURTH.

At the Dinner Meeting on September 19th we enjoyed a delicious chicken parmesan meal.  The speaker, Moultonborough Academy student, Matt Anderson, engaged us all by talking about his trip to Normandy and showing slides of his trip there with his history teacher and the week before, researching in DC.  Matt researched a NH soldier who was buried in Normandy.  HIs contest essay (relating why he loves history so much) was judged one of the top 15 in the US and was what earned him this honor and experience.


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.


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.


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.