Welcome to the 2008/2009 Newtown Lions Club new year.
I hope everyone had a great summer. It seems to have flown by. I am somewhat
jealous of many of you who, I discovered, had taken long vacations. During the
summer the club has worked at Orchard Hill, sent sixty care packages to our
troops in Iraq,
planned for our GALA sixtieth anniversary, and sold tickets for our beautiful
1966 Mustang. Unfortunately, with the economy down, and people spending less,
our tickets sales are down about thirty per-cent from
last year. With about six weeks remaining before the drawing date, we need to
hustle those tickets. The selling of your own tickets becomes very important if
we are to continue our projects from past years.
It was nice to see many of you at the Labor Day parade. Our first meeting
will be on September tenth at The Stony Hill Inn. During the summer we lost a
couple of members, but are still at seventy-two people. A few prospective
members have been invited to our upcoming meetings, so we are still on track to
surpass the seventy-five members we had this past year. Invite your friends to
join. Talk up our club. And, most of all, PARTICIPATE.
Things to Consider
She was only a whiskey maker but he liked her still.
The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his
A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into
New Lions in the Pride
NEWTom Glasrud comes to with a strong
business background. Currently he is the business manager for Plastics Muehlstein, a privately held company which trades in
plastic raw materials. Based in Norwok, his company
buys and sells large quantities of plastics. A graduate of the University
of Minnesota, Tom now feels at home
in New England. He and his wife, Laurie, have three
children, Alec who is a sophomore at SuffolkUniversity in Boston
and two girls at Laurelton Hall. Hanna is a senior and Emma a freshman. Active
in the Methodist church, he has worked in the financial aspects as well as on
stewardship drives. Though he doesn’t have much time to pursue the game, Tom
says he really enjoys a round of golf. We welcome Tom and I’m sure we can use
some of his good financial expertise.
NEW A COOL
SUMMER VACATION by Lion Bruce Landgrebe
It’s Saturday morning at , were off to Alaska! This has been a busy year for me at work and when
our best friend called and asked us if we would like to join them on a trip to Alaska for my best friend’s 65th birthday we
jumped for joy and immediately responded with a big “Yes!” So on July 5th
we flew out to Vancouver, British
The next day we boarded the cruise ship at about . All excited we went straight to our cabin to
unpack and get out watching the ship depart. There were 4 couples, all good
friends, traveling on this cruise. Off we went at , on schedule.
The next day was spent cruising up the Inside Passage, a relaxing day after the last 2 busy days
traveling and embarking the ship. There are 5 restaurants/Cafes; you could eat
from the time you rise in the morning till you drop in bed at night .
There are activities to attend all day, even swimming in an indoor pool (well
not really swimming but maybe floating around). There are shops to spend more
money on jewelry, clothes, solvencies, booze, etc. Eating more at night,
dinner, in the fixed eating dining room where you have formal, informal and
casual nights. Before dinner, during dinner and after dinner drinks! Believe
me, if you’re worried about your waist line I advise you to think twice about a
On Tuesday we arrived at Ketchikan @ . We got up and watched the ship pull into port. Ate breakfast then
off to go Salmon fishing. This was one of the best shore excursions we took. I
took my best friend fishing for his 65th birthday. The captain/go-fer of the fishing boat was a very experienced Alaskan
fisherman, some 20 years+. We had the time of our lives catching fish one right
after the other. There were 5 of us fishing and we caught 32 salmon between us.
The weather where we were fishing was cloudy but not rainy, but the poor girls
stayed in Ketchikan and it poured with rain all day.
On Wednesday we stayed on ship and went to
and saw the Hubbard Glacier a river of ice, gravel and broken rock. One of Alaska’s largest glaciers that extends
90 miles into the St.EliasNational Park. This is one of Alaska’s largest glaciers.
Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater
glacier on the North American continent. It has been thickening and advancing
toward the Gulf of Alaska since it was first mapped by the International
Boundary Commission in 1895 (Davidson, 1903). The glacier’s massive face is
five-six miles wide and 400-feet tall. Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater
glacier on the North American continent. There are 616 officially named
glaciers in Alaska, and many more unnamed glaciers. The Alaska
Almanac estimates that Alaska
has 100,000 glaciers — that’s a pretty good estimate. Wahoo! What a sight… Well
that night we had a wonderful diner then a show and dancing.
Thursday we landed in Juneau, Alaska’s first American city and now the capital of Alaska. It was founded 13 years after the purchase of Alaska and it was its gold that captured the American
people. We took a trip out to the Mendenhall Glacier, approximately 13 miles
north of Juneau. This glacier was awesome but retreating yearly;
where we were standing was covered by the glacier in 1935. The glacier
retreated approximately 30 feet per year in the 30’s. The front of the glacier
is different from the rest of the glacier, having large cracks and crevasses.
Even the plants in the area were beautiful.
The last day on land in Alaska we spent in Sitka, a small town of only 8000 residents. We visited
St. Michael’s Cathedral, a beautiful Russian Orthodox church since 1848, eat
“Reindeer Redhots”, and waked the own. A wonderful
day! The last day of our cruise was spent on board, relaxing and enjoying the
ship activities. The food was good and plenty.
This is a cruise we will never forget!
By Lion Gordon Mounts
I attended my senior prom on the Avalon. The Avalon is a sternwheeler riverboat.n I attended high school in a river town on the Ohio
River. The town is Mt. Vernon, Indiana.
It is located close to where the Ohio
meets the Wabash at the southwestern point of Indiana.
We had a great prom and went our merry way. Fortunately, I have some energetic
classmates that still live in my hometown. They plan a great reunion every five
years. This was number fifty-five.
For this reunion, we went on a river cruise on the same sternwheeler. A few
years ago the Avalon was scheduled to be scuttled. Louisville,
Kentucky was in the process of upgrading
their riverfront. Apparently it had become so run down that people were afraid
to go down to the riverfront. As part of that upgrading, they decided a
riverboat cruise would attract people to the area. They bought the Avalon and
rebuilt it. They changed the name to Belle of Louisville. They give daily
cruises. During the Kentucky Derby there is a race between the Delta Queen and
the Belle of Louisville. They told us there were only six of these
sternwheelers still operating in the United
For our cruise we invited the people that hosted our prom, namely the
juniors. We met at Mt.Vernon
and took a bus to Louisville. There
were about forty of us. The boat must hold 250 people. They fed us a remarkably
good lunch. We cruised up the river and then returned to Louisville.
Some of us still had enough energy to dance. We then bussed back. To make us
feel at home there were TV screens on the bus. We were blessed with songs of
the fifties and The Dean Martin Roast Show. The show featured the roasting of
Frank Sinatra. Those were oldies but goodies. It was fun and I am looking
forward to what my energetic classmates can develop for the next reunion.
Where Do Pets Come From?
` A newly discovered chapter in the book of Genesis has
provided the answer to “Where do pets come from?” Adam and Eve said, “Lord when
we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you any
more. We are lonesome here, and it’s difficult for us to remember how much you
And God said, “I will create a companion for you that will
be with you and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will
love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish you
may be, this new companion will accept you as you are
and will love you as I do. in spite of yourselves.”
And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam and
Eve. And it was a good animal. And God was pleased. And the new animal was
pleased to be with Adam and Eve and he wagged his tail. And Adam said, “Lord, I
have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and I cannot think of a name
for this new animal.”
And God said, “I have created this new animal to be a
reflection of my own name, and you will call him Dog which is God spelled
backwards.“ And Dog lived with Adam and Eve and was a
companion to them and loved them. And they were comforted. And God was pleased.
And dog was content and wagged his tail.
After a while, it came to pass that an angel came to the
Lord and said, “Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut
and preen like peacocks and they believe they are worthy of adoration. Dog has
indeed taught them that they are loved, but perhaps too well.”
And God said, “I will create for them a companion who will
be with them and who will see them as they are. This companion will remind them
of their limitations, so they will know that they are not always worthy of
adoration..” And God created Cat to be a companion to
Adam and Eve.
And Cat would not obey them. And when Adam and Eve gazed
into Cat’s eyes, they were reminded that they were not the supreme beings. And
Adam and Eve learned humility. And they were greatly improved. And God was
pleased. And Dog was happy. And Cat didn’t care one way or the other.
Doings of the Pride
NEW. It was good to hear that Tony Ratzig was out cruising around in our Mustang. After a long
absense due to a promotion involving a lot of
traveling and the fact that his company has been bought out bringing with it a
bit of uncertainty, he hasn’t been as active as he has been in the past. But he
hopes to get more involved one day soon. . . .Our best wishes go out to
Lion Charlie Godfrey in the recent loss of his wife, Judy. His son, Kenny, and
daughter, Crissy, have given him lots of support. OLDEdMiklaszewski’s life
is changing fast. On August 22, he finally called it quits. After working since
1966 in the semi-conductor business, the most recently with Lam Research, he
has said adios. Donna better watch out or he will be rearranging the kitchen
for her. Not only is there that change, but they have put their house on the
market and hope to move to Rhode Island
to be nearer their children. . . .There is lots of Lion vacation news. Jason
Hsu and wife, Ella, had a wonderful holiday. Unfortunately, they returned to a
house full of smoke. Something in the furnace went wrong and there was a large
puff back filling the house with smoke. No one was hurt and there was no fire
but there was lots of scrubbing to do and clothes to be sent to the cleaners. .
. Paul Arneth and wife, Liz, enjoyed two weeks at a
rented cottage in Kennebunk, Maine.
The beautiful weather was also enjoyed by their sons and wives. Jim Wallace and
family spent a wonderful week down at Corolla on the outer banks of North
Carolina. There was time for lots of family games,
swimming, and playing in the sand. Nearby are major attractions of Roanoke
Island with its history of being the “lost colony” as well as
Kitty Hawk of Wright brothers fame. . . . Jon and
Lydia Christensen have enjoyed more time at their cottage in Wareham,
Massachusetts than they have had in recent
years. The cottage has been in the family since the 1930’s when Jon’s
grandfather bought it. Avid boaters, Jon and Lydia
divide their time between sailing and motor boating. Recently, Jon also had a
week long Windjammer cruise which he found exciting. . . . Walt Schweikert and family journeyd
north to the maple flag country. They took their big camper and went to a
remote island at the south end of Nova Scotia.
Walt reports that it was very peaceful and relaxing. . . .Roger Capobianco and friend, Alida,
spent a relaxing two weeks, walking, going out to dinner, shopping for a
stuffed animal at the noted teddy bear shop and sitting by the pool at
Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont.
Announcement for Pfizer Corporation
Pfizer corporation announced today that Viagra will
soon be available in liquid form and will be marketed by Pepsi Cola as a power
beverage suitable for use as a mixer. It will now be possible for a man to
literally pour himself a stiff one. Obviously we can no longer call this a soft
drink and it gives new meanings to the names of cocktails, highballs and just a
good old-fashioned stiff drink.
Book Review by George Arfaras
A Road Once Traveled (an autobiography) by Joe Carvalko
A reader might get the impression that Joe Carvalko
is a very confused individual considering his many and varied pursuits.
Reflecting on his story, it is apparent that he is not confused but a multi
talented individual. Carvalko dropped out of school
but, eventually and while serving in the United States Air Force, attained his
high school equivalency certificate.
Influenced with his introduction to electronics while serving his country
during the Vietnam War he adopted it as his occupation in civilian life. He
eventually received his degree in electronic engineering. Employed by Perken and Elmer here is Connecticut,
he worked under the supervision of some of its more brilliant minds.
Unfortunately, some of these brilliant minds were also great drinkers. This was
a cause for some of Joe’s stumbling. Joe Carvalkso
had met and married an American Indian while in the air force. It wasn’t love
at first sight as far as his wife was concerned. But she eventually succumbed
to his desire.
From his early childhood growing up in Bridgeport,
there were certain hardships due to family squabbles. But prevalent were strong
family ties and influence. From his maternal grandfather, he learned how to
break bread and use hand tools and repair household gadgets. Writing skills
honed later on in his life came from his mother who was a literary contributor
to the Bridgeport Post. Music
also played an active role in his family life. In addition, because of his
father being a union organizer, Joe Carvalko was
active in politics. What came next? Well, Joe decided to practice law. Not only
did he receive his degree but was influential in founding a school of law.
Lawyer, doctor, Indian chief? No, he was never a
doctor but at a time later in his life had he remained in North
Dakota, he might have attained the status of an
Indian chief. Joe also has a few patents of various devices that he invented or
developed as well as being a learned musician. And, best of all, he is a grandfasther. As a grandfather he starts off his story
speaking and answering questions of his very young granddaughter\.
For many reasons and some very personal, I enjoyed reading A Road Once
Ed Miklaszewski always insists that his wife,
Donna, is a really outstanding cook. He maintains that if he ate as much of the
good things that she prepares, he would weigh over 270 pounds. In addition to
being such a kitchen whiz, Donna is also a very good person to be around. Warm,
friendly, always interested in other people and their stories, Donna has a soft
spot in her heart for the world’s poor and mistreated and is always urging Ed
to give to numerous charities. Also getting a lot of her attention are
daughters, Kerri, Kacey, Jodi and Denise, and son,
Donna recently retired as a teacher from the Congregational Church Nursery
School where she worked for eighteen years. Currently a deacon in the
Congregational Church, she has served as a trustee, on the board of education
and on practically every other church committee. In addition, she has been
involved in Habitat for Humanity and working for the multi-church work camp
experience. When she has leisure, she likes to play bridge, to garden, to read
and to knit sweaters. We will all miss Donna’s
pleasant ways and generous personality when she and Ed move one day to Rhode