Activities September-November 2014
Mon. Sept.1—Labor Day Parade
Wed. Sept.10—Regular Meeting
Wed. Sept. 17---Board of Directors
Sat. Sept. 20—Newtown Health Day
Wed. Sept 24—Regular Meeting
Sat. Sept. 27—Orchard Hill Clean Up
Wed. Oct. 8—Regular Meeting
Sat. Oct. 18--Pumpkin Race/ Raffle
Wed. Oct. 15—Board of Directors
Wed. Oct. 22---Membership Night
Sat. Oct 25—Hudson River Cruise
Wed. Nov. 12—Regular Meeting
Fri. Nov. 14---Brookfield Breakfast
Wed. Nov. 19—Board of Directors
Dear Fellow Lions,
I hope you all had a great Summer. We are getting ready for another successful year of fund raising for our charities. We had some great successes since the last time I addressed you all in the newsletter. Lion Bob Schmidt led us as Chairman of the Duck Race in another successful day over the Memorial Day weekend. We had a great year with 3,862 tickets sold and a net income from the race of $14,573.61. All in all a very good year for the Ducks! This year was especially challenging for Bob and the team as we were partnered with S.H.O.P. to spread the race festivities throughout the Hook. I think all would echo that it was a glowing success.
Lions Denny McLaughlin,Jerry Cole and Gordon Williams organized and executed a great effort for Homefront. The Lions coupled with the Congregational Church, rehabilitated a home that was near destruction. It was truly an amazing transformation. Congratulations to all that were involved. This kind of community service is what makes the Lions a truly great organization for our community.
The Mustang Car Raffle was also launched under the Chairmanship of Lion Paul Krueger last spring and we are well on our way to another great year. Through August our event sales was 4,650 tickets sold. Our Web and postal tickets sales continue to be excellent at over 1200 tickets sold to date. During the Labor Day parade we sold 183 tickets alone. The grand total as of the end of August was 6,833. This includes all the Liona’ tickets that each of you received at the beginning of the season. We are counting on all of you to get your tickets sold. As you can see we are well on our way to tie our 2013 record of 10,000 tickets but we need to keep up the hard work to get us across the finish line on October 18th. Thanks so much to all who have participated, and will be, going forward. This is our major fundraiser and we need the support of all our Lions to make it as successful as last year. Let’s keep it going!
On June 30th this past summer the Chairman
Tom Evagash of the Newtown Lions SHEF Golf committee was assisted by many
other Lions and those of the Western Connecticut State University Sigma Chi
Alumni Association to run the second annual FORE Sandy Hook Golf Classic.
This was the first year the Lions actively participated with Sigma Chi to
run the Golf Tournament. The Lions were also assisted by a very special
Newtown Resident, John Schneider, who helped organize a sports memorabilia
auction that contributed to the gross sales of approximately $35,000. The
effort yielded about $22,000 in net profits which was an increase from last
year of about $5,000. Not bad for the second year in a Golf Tournamen!
I would like to congratulate
Chairman Tom Evagash and the entire FORE Sandy
Hook Golf team on a fantastic job.
All the proceeds of these funds go to the Sandy Hook Elementary Fund (SHEF)
which continues to support mental health care counseling for the community
of directly affected individuals through the Collaborative Recovery Fund
(CRF). For those who don’t know
Lion Bob Schmidt’s SHEF committee is an active part of the CRF which is
teamed with the Newtown Rotary, the Newtown Memorial Fund, and the Newtown
Sandy Hook Community Foundation to continue to provide financial aid to
those directly involved in the
Committee for SHEF also had a major success with the LCIF. Lion Jon
Christensen wrote and supported a grant application for $25,000 for SHEF.
This was a very difficult job but Jon navigated his way through expertly and
was able to attain a very successful result. We received a check from MD23
Lion Council Dan DiVirgilio. I must say that the Lions really pulled
together on this to support our SHEF initiative and I am extremely grateful
to them for this support. I should also mention that I received a call from
Lion Linda Maggs who attended the Lions convention in
Thanks to everyone for all the hard work last year. We have a number of challenges to meet going forward this year. I look forward to working with all of you going forward this year. See you soon.
Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, Nobody
Once upon a time there were four Lions named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There were important jobs that needed to be done, Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. When Nobody did it, Everybody got angry because it was Somebody’s job. Everybody thought that Somebody would do it, but Nobody realized that Nobody would do it. So, it ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done it in the first place. . . . It’s a new year for the Newtown Lions Club so please be Anybody and come help!
Pay It Forward!
Doings of the Pride
Brett is putting the finishing touches on a novel he has written, still
untitled. It is a love story
between an English man and a Rumanian lady set during the time of the
development of WWII and during the war itself. You will find a description
on the novel by its author following this column.
Be sure to ask him to reserve a copy!. . . .Bruce Landgrebe and his
son, Jeffrey, enjoyed what has been called a Father’s Day Get Away from June
9-1 4. Traditionally the pair
Words to Live By
Accept that some days you’re the pigeon and . . .some days you’re the statue.
When everything’s coming your way . . . you’re in the wrong lane.
We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors. . . . But they all have to live in the same box.
Next Year in
By Lion Bill Brett
This is the story of a love affair that endured not only the test of
time but the tumultuous events of the World War that turned the lives of
those involved upside down.
David is the young handsome English ship’s Captain who falls in love with
Celestina, the beautiful secretary to the British Consulate General in
Pay it Forward!
We are enriched by a number of men in our club who served in our
armed forces of the
Crossing the Pacific in the Arine Adler, a one stack
navy troop ship, we landed and docked in
Eventually after spending a couple of days in Pusan and having a bad case of the shits we were loaded onto a very rickety train with wooden benches for a two day trip to Seoul. Going to the bathroom was fun. You entered the bathroom compartment and the outside wall was missing. So you propped yourself as best you could and did what was needed and hoped that you didn’t dirty yourself or get pelted by the many kids along the track harassing you. If you happened to slip off the train it was easy enough to run along side and jump on since the speed was a crawl. No glass windows just openings which was fun when going through tunnels. I think the engines were operating on charcoal.
I am a U.S. Air
Force veteran serving from January 1955 through January 1968, thirteen
years. I worked as a hydraulic
technician, primarily on RB—47;s and KC-97;s; B-51’s and KC-135’s (bombers
and in-flight refueling), also F-105 Thunderchiefs (fighter-bombers)
and the F-4 Phantom (fighter).
I had tours in
I served in the U.S Air Force from 1966 to 1970
I did have a humorous incident just after being promoted to Captain. After work one day, Jan and AI went shopping at Jordon Marsh in the Framingham Mall. While in the store, several sales people came over to ask about my Air Force experience, how long I had been in the service, where I had been stationed and how I felt about my progressing through the ranks. I did not think making Captain was that special!
When we got home, I was mortified to discover that I had grabbed my boss’s overcoat by mistake when I left the office, so there I was in the Mall, a 23 year old airman wearing the rank of a full bird Colonel!
I was a Naval Aviator from 1961-1967.
I was involved in advanced flight training in
Once in the fleet, our mission was to practice low level flight to stay under radar detection. In the 60’s we could fly at 200 feet above ground level over non-populated areas. A safety observer in a chase plane flew back and above. It was very interesting to see cows and steers race across a field when you pass by at 200 feet AQL It was quite easy to get lost at that low altitude. Crossing a road at 200 feet and 340 knots, all you know is you crossed over a road but cannot determine where turn or crossroads might be. Luckily, for dopes such as me, most southern towns had a water tower with the town name on the side. I would fly by and read the name.
Flying on and off a boat was a great experience. On a calm sunny day
landing on a boat was the most fun you could ever have with all your clothes
on. Landing at night was sheer
terror. Flight surgeons came
I served in the Army from
Dec 1958 through March of 1962. Excluding my basic training at
Upon the completion of the course I was given instructions to return to the school and become an instructor on the Hawk Missile System for my remaining two years in the service. The only problem was that I had a very serious stuttering problem which started back in elementary school and public speaking was a pure nightmare for me. I decided that if I purposely failed the Instructor Training Course which I did I would then be assigned to the field and live happily ever after.
After failing the course I
was called into the Captains office and told that I had a choice of either
painting rocks out in the
I went back to the Captain and thanked him for making the decision to return me to school as it not only helped for my career in Electrical Engineering but most importantly cleared up my stuttering problem. The service opened up many career opportunities for me in later life but it also makes me feel proud that I served my country in some capacity even though it’s not on the scale of some of those soldiers that on are active duty today.
I was in the US Army for a 21
year career. All years were spent as a helicopter pilot. . CH 47 Chinooks,
UH-1 Huey's mainly. Six years active duty as a commissioned officer took me
I can't complain. My
Focus on Our Wives
Perky Jan Bennett’s, Steve’s better half,
always has a good smile. People who
visit the Cornerstone, the Congregational Church’s thrift store, are always
greeted with that smile and a warm welcome when they come into the shop.
Undoubtedly the fourth, fifth and sixth graders she taught for a
number of years in
This graduate of the
A native New Yorker, Jan has spent more of her
Guess Which One is the Lion
A beautiful blonde with a great body from
As the dice came to a stop, she jumped up and down and squealed, “Yes! Yes! I won! She hugged each of the dealers, picked up her winnings and her clothes and quickly departed. The dealers stared at each other dumbfounded. Finally, one of them asked, “What did she roll?” The other answered, ‘I don’t know. I thought you were watching.”MORAL OF THE STORY: Not all Irish are drunks, not all blondes are dumb, but all men—are men!