Activities December 2013-Febraury 2014
Wed. Dec. 4 – CRIS Breakfast
Sat. Dec. 7—Salvation Army
Sun. Dec. 8—Holiday Dinner with wives
Wed. Dec. 18—Board of Directors Meeting
Mon. Jan. 6—Blood Drive
Wed. Jan. 8—Regular Meeting
Wed. Jan. 15—Board of Directors Meeting
Wed. Jan.22—Regular Meeting
Sat. Feb.. 1—Mid-Winter Conference
Wed. Feb. 12—Regular Meeting
Wed. Feb. 19—Board of Directors Meeting
Wed. Feb. 26—Regular Meeting
President’s Letter December 2013
Dear Fellow Lions,
As we approach the Holidays and the end of the year I am celebrating our tremendous successes with the car fund raiser this year. We topped gross ticket sales of over $100,000. This is the first time we have ever sold over 10,000 tickets and we had a record year for internet and mail sales as well. Thanks to all our members that gave their time to take the car out and a hardy congratulations to Paul Krueger, and the entire Car Committee for this tremendous success.
We also had a great success with the Health Committee who executed two events this fall. At Health Day we performed a Pediatric Eye Screening with a new diagnosis camera provided by the Lions District. The Health Committee, under the leadership of Bruce Walzak, also organized and performed a Pediatric Eye Screening for many pre-school students during a week-long event of eye screening. Many thanks also goes to the VNA who played a large role working with and training the Lions on this project.
Director of Music at the
I also have some bittersweet news to share with you regarding the Sandy Hook Elementary Fund (SHEF). We have raised in excess of $311,000 to date for which Bob Schmidt, Kevin Corey, and Walt Schweikert along with the entire SHEF committee are to be congratulated. This is a record for fund raising in our club and has been accomplished in less than a year. The proceeds are helping individuals directly involved in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy with out of pocket expenses related to counseling for PTSD and other related psychiatric effects.
Our service has been so successful that we are down to about $71,000 remaining in our fund as of this writing. The demand is picking up as we approach the end of the year and at this burn-rate we may well be out of business within three months. The SHEF Committee is scheduled to meet before the end of the year to discuss how we can find additional resources to keep the fund solvent. Also on the agenda will be some “end game” planning so when necessary we have a plan to curtail payouts to individuals who are currently receiving benefits. I should say that we are actively working to receive a grant from the United Way Fund and we also have an application with the Fairfield County Community Foundation for a grant. We have established an effort to host a Golf Tournament to raise more funds for SHEF. This will take place on June 30th 2014.
I am confident that we will work through the issues with SHEF just as we triumph in all our endeavors. I want to wish you all the happiest of holidays during this joyous season and look forward to working with you all as we go forward in service to our community and nation.
By Lion Gordon Williams
In my many years as newsletter editor I don’t recall that I have ever written an editorial. Something has happened, however, that necessitates my commenting and it has to do with the car raffle. I was stunned when I found out that ten people did not take the car out this year. Now I call this a cardinal sin. At all our membership meetings with prospects we stress that the one thing a Lion must do is take the car out. We patiently explain that this is our bread and better and that 100% cooperation is necessary to achieve this. As for all the other projects we urge new members to pick and choose
So this is Lions Gospel. And yet ten people (one of which we can excuse because he had a family emergency) chose not to take part which put the burden on the rest of us. I am embarrassed and saddened.
The good new is that all but two of our sixty-three members sold some or all of their raffle tickets. Unfortunately, the two who sold no tickets also didn’t take the car out. However, forty-three Lions sold all twenty or more tickets! It is excellent that the vast majority of us did our part and sold tickets.
Beyond that, of course, the best good news is once again the phenomenal success of Paul and his committee. But next year we want every Lion to take out the car at least once. Make it your goal!
Doings of the Pride
Our fall Orchard Hill clean up went very well.
Nine Lions took part in the Saturday morning work. Helping out were Gary Fillian,
Steve Bennett, Bruce Walzak, Stan Wyslick, Doug Body,
Ray Keegen, George Smiley, Bob Schmidt and myself.
More Russian olives were cut down, invasive plants were removed, new signs were
put up and the trails were cleaned. . . .Walt and Peggy Schweikert and Augie and Donna D’Alessandro had an interesting cruise from
An Anatomy Lesson
students at the
We Were Beautiful Once by Joseph Carvalko
Review by Lion George Arfaris
is a one man law firm and struggling. It’s what the large law firms refer to as
a one-lung law practice. Nick once
represented the US Army. There were many lawsuits involving
Now, suddenly, Mr. Castalano finds himself on the side of a plaintiff suing the United States Army for information regarding an MIA. The novel takes various interesting twists and turns and promises to keep the reader focused and attentive. Although this is fiction there are some facts that have been documented. The one outstanding fact is the release of approximately 40,000 North Koreans that chose not to return to the North when the armistice was signed. Although the North Korean’s demanded their return we were powerless to do so. The South Korean guards just simply opened the gates and let them out. Ever wonder if the North didn’t retaliate by keeping many of the prisoners rather than returning them?
Joe Carvalko’s prose flows well and like many great writers, is at times poetic.
The story is interesting and very compelling. Personally I
found the name of the ship that transported me to
A mother passing by her son’s bedroom was astonished to see the bed was nicely made, and everything was picked up. Then she saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow. It was addressed, “Mum” . With the worst premonition she opened the envelope and read the letter.
It is with great regret and sorrow that I’m writing you. I had to elope with my girlfriend, because I wanted to avoid a scene with Dad and you. I’ve been having a real passion with Stacy, and she is so nice. But I know you would not approve of her because of all her piercings, tattoos, motorcycle clothes and she is older than I am. But it’s not only the passion, Mum. She’s pregnant.
Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a trailer in the woods and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. We share a dream of having many more children. Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn’t really hurt anyone. We’ll be growing it for ourselves and trading with other people in the commune.
In the meantime, we’ll pray that science will find a cure for AIDS so Stacy can get better. She sure deserves it! Don’t worry Mum, I’m 17 and I know how to take care of myself. Some day I’m sure we’ll be back to visit, so you can get to know your many grandchildren.
Love, your son, Colby.
P.S. Mum, none of the above is true. I’m over at Jason’s house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than the school report card that’s in my desk.
I love you! Call when it is safe for me to come home.”
Focus on Our Wives
When you see tall,
willowy and very attractive
Jan Gardner coming toward you, the first thing that crosses your
mind is that she must be a model. And she is a model is many ways—a model wife
to Frank, a model mother to Chrissy and Kim and model grandmother to two wee
grandchildren. And she gets plenty of
time to bond with these grandkids for they are currently living with her. A Newtowner since
1968, Jan spent the years while her children were growing working with a friend
doing wall and floor stenciling. Later
when her children were grown she spent almost fifteen years in the Ear, Nose
and Throat division of Advanced Specialty Care.
There , among other things, she was responsible
for all the surgical scheduling. Retired
now, Jan has more time to spend with her family and volunteering. Occupying some of her time is driving for
FISH. However, her number one hobby is
gardening. Proof of her and Frank’s
gardening excellence was on display several summers ago during the Newtown
Historical Society’s House and Garden Tour.
People came away in awe with what the
The exchange between Churchill and Lady Astor She said, “If you were my husband I’d give you poison. He said, “if you were my wife, I’d drink it.”
“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”—Winston Churchill
“Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.”—Moses Hadas
“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it”--Mark Twain
“He had no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends”—Oscar Wilde
“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play,; bring a friend . . . if you have one”—George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill “Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second . . . if there is one”—Winston Churchill in response.
“I feel so miserable without you. It’s almost like having you here.”—Stephen Bishop
A college teacher reminds her class of the next day’s final exam. “Now class, I won’t tolerate any excuses for you not being here tomorrow. I might consider a nuclear attack or a death in your immediate family , but that’s it. NO other excuses whatsoever.” A young man in the back of the room raised his hand and asked, “What would you say if tomorrow I said I was suffering from complete and utter sexual exhaustion?” The entire class is reduced to laughter. . . . When silence was restored, the teacher smiled at the student and sweetly said, “Well, I guess you’d have to write the exam with your other hand.”[
A woman is standing nude looking in the bedroom mirror. She is not happy with what she sees and says to her husband. “I feel horrible. I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to pay me a complement.” . . . .The husband replies, “Your eyesight’s damn near perfect!”