July 2019

We started off the very first day of month with our monthly board and business meeting, followed by the Fourth of July celebration. This year we had 25 Lions plus some family members helping to feed the parade participants and onlookers — this year, we counted a bit more than 350 people who walked through the doors and were fed a traditional picnic cookout. Our grillers worked in smoke and heat to provide enough hot dogs and hamburgers. And we had plenty of help serving those as well as drinks, salads, watermelon and chips. Thanks to the persuasiveness of President Peter Allen we did our small part for the environment, using wooden, not plastic, utensils and pouring water and ice into large containers so that we could not only conserve the amount of water waste but recycle on our owp

We are also continuing to water and weed the upper part of Sutherland Park as part of the town Adopt-a-Spot. Each member(s) selects a week or two weeks that he/she/they are responsible for.

End of Year Awards

Moultonborough Lion, Betty Wasson president over the first half of the June Dinner meeting to swear in the new officers for the 2019-20 fiscal year. : President Peter Allen, 1st Vice President John Menken, 2nd Vice President Susan Price, Secretary Sally Silbulkin, Treasurer Dawn Law, Immediate Past President Mark Cotrupi, Tail Twister Pat Keegan, Lion Tamer Michelle Duddy, and Board Member(s) Don Trudeau, Pete Strople, Joe Keegan, Joanne Lau and Karen Baron.

President Peter Allen then gave membership chevrons, for years of service with the Moultonborough Lions Club to: Betty Wasson 40 yrs., Sandy Meskys 25 yrs., Kate & Mike Lancor and Joe & Pat Keegan 20 yrs. and Lloyd Connery 10 yrs.

After giving certificates to those members who had attended at least twelve meetings and performed a minimum of 20 hours of service to the community (himself, Mark Cotrupi, Michelle Duddy, Pat Keegan, Joe Keegan, Joanne Lau, Dawn Law, John Menken, Sally Sibulkin, Pete Strople and Don Trudeau) — by the way, one should note that many of these people put in over 100 hours of service — Peter came to the three large awards of the year:

Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, Mark Cotrupi
Lion of the Year, Sally Sibulkin
Granite State Award, Pete Strople

June 2019

As the weather finally begins to warm up, so do our service projects and activities.

On June 12 we handed out 135 individual books to the students of Tuftonboro Central School …

That is Bill Haggerup in the Lion suit, along with John Menken, who started this program, and Susan Price.

And on June 5 we gave books to each student in grades Pre-K through Grade 6. All but three of the youngest students wanted to hug or high five the Lion (this time it was Pete Strople in the Lion costume.

We have also been working on our adopt-a-spot — Sutherland Park in Moultonborough. Thanks to the weeding, mulching, moving some of the perennials, and selecting new annuals done by Sarah C. and Chris M. the upper Park is all ready to receive visitors

On Saturday, June 22, we once again did the “Spring” cleaning of our adopted bunkhouse at Camp Pride. In addition to the new metal roof that was put on last year, the Moultonborough Club paid for new windows and three new doors. Lloyd was our Windex Man, John plied the Murphy’s Oil, Sally had bathroom duty with the help of Mark’s daughter, Helen. Dawn vacuumed everything and her husband helped and also got rid of some of the weeds outside, Jeni performed multiple tasks as well as Mark (who also moved some furniture. We made notes on improvements to be made next Spring.

April and May

Yes, these are the Spring months and we have begun most recently to see sun and warmer temperatures.

We have elected our new officers for the 2019-20 Lion Year which will begin July 1. And we have made nominations for Awards which will be presented at the June dinner meeting.

Spring was a bit sluggish in coming and it did have an effect on our service activities. But we (and the bears) have come alive, and the number of Bingo players is increasing each week.

In early May we took the second of our donations of goods and gift cards to David’s House in Hanover to help the families of pediatic cancer patients.

Sarah and Mark Cotrupi and five other Lions spearheaded the roadside clean-up of our new site in Sandwich. Now we have two different sites — the other being Route 25 from the Moultonborough Town Line to the Center Harbor Town Line.

At the Lions District Meeting in North Conway on Saturday, May 11, John Menken and Jeni Williams were proud to accept a patch for being selected at the Best Large Club in the District for the year. We were recognized for not only the growth in membership but for the number of activities and depth of commitment to the communities we serve.

Also, on the note of service, we will be collecting funds for the blind at both Ace Hardware in Center Harbor and E.M. Heath’s Supermarket on Saturday, May 25.

Upcoming events include the book distribution at MCS and Tuftonboro Elementary school, spring cleaning our adopted bunkhouse at Camp Pride, weeding and planting at Sutherland Park (our adopt-a-spot location) and presenting local scholarships to high school seniors — all in June.


The first few days of March were busy ones for the Moultonborough Lions. In addition to the Board and Business meetings on Monday, March 4 and Bingo on Tuesday, we performed two service activities on Tuesday, March 5.

Mark and Mike went to Russell Elementary School in Rumney, NH and did vision screening for 71 students.

Also on the 5th, Lions John, Bill, Sally and Pete (in his Lion’s outfit) helped Sandwich Elementary School celebrate Dr. Seuss week. Bill read On Mulberry Street to the 1/2 classroom. And all four Lions gave newly purchased books to each of the 79 students in grades K – 6 as part of our Reading in the Schools/RIF service activity.


Top story of the month is that we welcomed two new members — Mike and Joanne Vidal — at our Board and Business Meeting on Monday, February 4.  At the same meeting we voted to pay for the conversion to LED lights in our adopted bunkhouse at Camp Pride.

President Peter and Secretary Sally (sounds a bit like a title for a children’s story!) attended the Zone meeting on Saturday February 16.  Four of the seven Clubs in the Zone (Meredith, Wolfeboro, Whittier, and Moultonborough) shared successes, ideas, needs, and news.  The speaker was from Habitat for Humanity.  I learned quite a bit, including the fact that two Habitat homes have been built in NH.  Individuals and families are welcome to help with anything from the building process, to referring people with needed skills and services, to donating to the ReStore.  Thought I would share some of that information below:

Habitat ReStores are retail outlets where used and surplus building materials are sold at a fraction of normal prices. Proceeds from ReStores help local affiliates fund the construction of Habitat houses within their communities. Materials sold by Habitat ReStores are usually donated from building supply stores, contractors, demolition crews or from individuals who wish to show their support for Habitat. In addition to raising funds, ReStores help the environment by re-channeling good, usable materials into house building. Normal items would include stoves, refrigerators, washing machines and dryers, architectural items; cabinets; doors; flooring; hand and power tools; hardware; light fixtures; lumber; plumbing fixtures; roofing; windows and more! 
Can I donate materials? 
Yes! In addition to shopping at the ReStore a great way to show your support is by donating materials. All donations are tax deductible.   Check out the website or call 603-536-1333

January 2019

I am not sure where this first month of the New Year has gone.  Today is the last day of a month when we have seen snowfalls that more than make up for the little snow we had in December.  And we have experienced some very cold and windy days.

Anyway, even with so many of our members gone to Florida and warmer climes for the winter, we had good attendance at the Board and Business meeting, voting on contributions to various organizations and donating supplies to David’s House.

President Peter, VP John, and Secretary Sally attended the business portion of the Multi-District Winter Convention and are hoping to find out more about the hearing screeners in the near future.

At our delicious turkey dinner meeting, we heard from speakers Peter LaPointe and Lenny Hall about all the improvements made this past year to Camp Pride and those planned for the coming year.  We have plans to make improvements to our adopted bunkhouse this Spring as well!


DECEMBER — one of the busiest months and full of the giving spirit

The Moultonborough School District Holiday Fair was held on Saturday, December 1 and the Lions were out and about.  Mark, Stephanie, Sally, and Dawn spent four hours doing vision screening at the fair.  And eight Lions — one in costume — sold raffle tickets until the 1 pm final drawing.  The winner of the $5000 prize was a local Moultonborough resident.


On Friday, December 7 we again hosted Cookies and Caroling for the Community.  We had about 55 guests ( people from all three nursing homes, Senior Meals, and Community Caregivers), including Larry Kohut.  Plenty of delicious cookies were provided by club members.  A delightful preview of Moultonborough Academy’s winter concert songs sung by the Middle School Chorus and directed by Harmony Markey provided excellent entertainment and was followed by a general sing along with Harmony on the guitar and President Peter Allen on the Keyboard, hosted by VP John Menken.


The next day, December 8,we were prepared for 100 people to come to our Community Family Pancake Breakfast from 8-10.  The cooks (Larry and Phil) were outside in 4 degree temperatures.  And Bill and Peter were inside cooking.  The few community members who came (@20) seemed to enjoy themselves, and we got a chance to chat with Harold Damsberg whom we don’t see often.  Pete Strople even suited up and stood on the corner of 25 and Old Rte 109 when it was 5 degrees to drum up business.  We know we need to make sure our advertising gets out; we hope to have the crowds next year.

On to the giving … each year for many years, the Moultonborough Lions have given a $500 Holiday check to each of the four communities we serve — Moultonborough, Center Harbor, Sandwich, and Tuftonboro.  Below are pictures of three of the four checks being donated by President Peter Allen — to Nancy McCue, Director of the Moultonborough Library; Heather Cubeddu from the Town Clerk’s Office in Tuftonboro, and Robin Woodeman from the Selectman’s Office in Center Harbor.  Unfortunately, the check was mailed to Sandwich so there was no photo op.

BUT THERE IS MORE …. a truly generous, giving individual act

The winner of the $5,000 Raffle was Brian Sanford of Moultonborough. President Peter tried to reach him right after the drawing to no avail.  When Peter finally did reach Brian to congratulate him on winning the $5,000 they agreed to meet for a photo op at the club’s “Thank You Pancake Breakfast” on Saturday morning.

The next day Peter received a call from Brian saying that he went out on the Lions Web Site and was so impressed with what he saw that he decided not to take the money. He wants the club to use it for their many Community Projects. Lions Pride!  Thank you so much, Brian, for helping the Moultonborough Lions serve others.

And then we have the Salvation Army Lion bell ringers.  Thanks to Mike and Kate Lancor, Don Trudeau (and his wife), and Michelle Duddy (and her daughter) for representing the Lions while ringing the Salvation Army bell at the Walmart in Plymouth.

Plus, a good time was had by all at our Christmas Party/Dinner Meeting.  The Yankee Swap was a hit and Susan surprised us all by bidding $100 for the privilege of being Number 1.  Joe and Pat finally got to see through the Magic Glasses. And we were able to show our appreciation to Donna Grow who cooks our dinner meals throughout the year with a gift certificate to Hobbs.

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year, 2019.


November into December

Various members of the Moultonborough Lions decorated two trees in less than a week.  For the first time, the Moultonborough Lions Club donated a decorated tree to Altrusa’s Festival of trees.  This tree will be picked up by a local family at the end of the Festival (December 2).  Dawn Law, Joanne Lau, Sally Sibulkin, Mary Phillips and Michelle Duddy spent several hours making the majority of the ornaments:  paper eyeglass chains and chains made out of strips from old, discarded children’s books.  We also used these strips to decoupage some ornaments and to stuff some clear ornaments.  We wanted to represent some of our service platforms — vision and reading to and giving books to children.  We also made and decorated (with buttons) Bingo cards to represent our weekly Bingo game.  Michelle, Sally, and Dawn decorated the tree at the Waukewan Golf course to get ready for the festival of trees.


The following Friday, Joe, Pat, Pete, Judy, Don, Sally, John, Diane, and Peter worked on decorating the tree and building…well, but the photos, most of us worked.

November came in like a Lion…literally

Reading in the Schools with a tail twist:  On October 2, Dawn Law (in the Lion costume) and Christine Woodland represented the Lions during Mystery Reader Day in the Kindergarten classrooms at Moultonborough Central School.  I am not sure who had more fun — the readers or the children who were fascinated by the lion.

We also found out that we received an award for First Place Adopt a Spot for our work on upper Sutherland Park.  Pete went to the Selectmen’s meeting to receive the award …

We think the Police and Fire Scarecrows were the clinchers — so thanks to Sarah and Chris.  But also thanks to all the other members of the committee who weeded, watered and planted the area!

Our dinner meeting on the 19th was quite exciting.  CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE came to give us a wonderful and informative presentation.  Starting with being fostered by volunteers and their families, these dogs, as early as 9 weeks old are socialized in all sorts of environments.  When ready, they are sent to Long Island, New York for very specific training.  The last two weeks of this training is done with the new owner of the dog.  These specific dogs — Labs, Golden Retrievers or a mix of the two — are not sight dogs for the blind.  Instead they are skilled companions or service dogs for adults or children with disabilities.  The largest dog pictured below with his owner can fetch the phone or many other items, turn the lights on and off, and even pull the wheelchair.  Other dogs are facility dogs, dogs who help with PTSD owners, and dogs who assist the deaf.  For more information go online at http://www.cci.org.