Activities April-June 2012

Wed. April 11 Regular Meeting

Wed. April 18  Board  of Directors Meeting

Wed. April 25 Regular Meeting

Sat.  April 28  Work Camp Breakfast, Lose the Litter Day and Progressive Dinner

Sat. May 5       Newtown Home Repair (tentative)

Mon. May 7    Red Cross Blood Drive

Wed. May 9    Regular Meeting

Sat. May 12     Flag Day/ Summer Flag Presentation

Wed. May 16  Board of Directors Meeting

Wed. May 23  Regular Meeting

Sat. May 26     Great Pootatuck Duck Race

Sun. June 10    Ladies Night/Awards/Installation

Wed. June 13  Hospice Breakfast

Sat. June 16    Orchard Hill Cleanup

Wed. June 20  Board of Directors Meeting


Fellow Lions,


 As you can see by the calendar that the editor has posted, we are heading into our busiest time of the year. This is also, arguably, our most important time of the year as well. How we perform as a club over the next few months will go a long way in determining how successful we are in serving the needs of the community in 2012-2013. As I see it, three important things need to happen.


  First of all, we need to fill every possible time and date that is set-up to sell Duck Race tickets. As we all know, a rainy Duck Race will greatly hamper our revenue at this event. The law of averages suggests that this will happen on some Memorial Day weekend.


  Secondly, our car committee is starting to sell tickets at the end of April. We need a strong start to this campaign as our car committee chairman has ambitiously set a goal of $100,000 in sales. With all the hard work and dedication that goes into this fundraiser, we need to give this committee our support when the event calendar goes up and the committeemen call. We don’t want to try to play catch-up if we can help it.


 Third, take a look at the upcoming events. On some days, such as April 28th, we have four functions that warrant our attendance going on simultaneously. On that particular Saturday, we are selling Duck Race tickets, Mustang tickets, participating in Earth Day with our Lose The Litter initiative and attending the work Camp Breakfast at the Newtown Congregational church. Later that evening, our Progressive Dinner is scheduled.


We need the participation of the entire club to get this done. For those of you who are looking for a bigger role in the club, this is your time to shine.


    Yours in Lionism,




                     Projected Slate of Officers for 2012-2013


President                                 Ray Keegan

First Vice President                Ed Miklaszewski

Second Vice President           Open

Third Vice President               Gary Fillion

Secretary                                Doug Body

Administrative Treasurer         Peter McNulty

Project Treasurer                     Kevin Corey

Tail Twister                             Jim Manville

Cub Tail Twister                     Gordon Williams

Lion Tamer                              Stan Wyslick

Cub Lion Tamer                      Denny McLaughlin

Directors- 1 year                     Ryan Henry

                                                Doug Hensal

Directors -2 years                    Steve Bennett

                                                Bruce Landgrebe

Toastmaster                             Paul Krueger

Immediate Past President        Walt Schweikert                                


Sexual Mores Around the World

In Lebanon, men are legally allowed to have sex with animals, but the animal must be female.  Having sexual relations with a male animal is punishable by death.


Muslims are banned from looking at the genitals of a corpse.  This also applies to undertakers.  The sex organs of the deceased must be covered with a brick or a piece of wood at all times.


The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation.


In Cali, Colombia, a woman may only have sex with her husband and whenever this happens her mother must be in the room to witness the act.


There are men in Guam whose full time job is to travel the countryside and deflower young virgins, who pay them for the privilege of having sex for the first time.  The reason is because under Guam law, it is expressly forbidden for virgins to marry. 

(Is there any job anywhere else in the world even comes close to this?)

Doings of the Pride


            The Fillians are getting their fill of public service.  Peggy has been busy with her work as a P & Z alternate and Gary has just been appointed a commissioner on the Lake Zoar authority.  Good to be involved! . . .Tom and Evelyn Evagash have had a great cruise to Nassau and back, for one week.  What made it special was that all their children, their spouses and six grandchildren all went,  fourteen people in total.  A great time was had.  Guess who paid for it all? . . .Bob and Josie Schmidt just returned from California where they visited Eddie, their son, and Leon, their grandson, at age nine a fourth grader.  They were happy to learn of Eddie’s new venture.  He will be directing a NBC program called “Who do you Think You Are?” on Friday May ll.  The program  will be on every Friday but on this particular date, Eddie has a lot to do with its production.  . . . Most of our snowbirds have returned from Florida except for the Larins, the Hostetlers and the Mounts who are expected to tag in later. Ken has been enjoying spring training in Florida.  Good mid-western boy that he is, he has been a Cardinals fan for many years. Most of our snow birds reported good weather, sunny skies, visits with fellow Newtowners and lots of golf!


Book Review by Denny McLaughlan

            What I Learned When I Almost Died         By Chris Licht


            My wife Gladys and I made our last of five corporate moves to Newtown where we raised our three daughters thirty four years ago.  We were very fortunate in getting a great family doctor in Peter Licht and his wife Susan who is a PA.  The  Lichts had also raised their son and daughter in this same time frame and their children were just a little younger than our three girls.  Now fast forward to Peter and Susan’s children getting married and having children with their son Chris living and working in Manhattan on a fast career path as the producer of MSNBC’s Morning Joe show.  Being on a “fast track” Chris was a very intense, stressed executive putting in many hours and being very demanding of the people he worked with and who worked for him and at the expense of his wife and young child.


            Now it appears Chris is leading the good life doing what he always wanted to do.  He has a great job at the young age of thirty eight and is on an expanding career path in an exciting industry. . . television news!  He lives in a great city with a loving wife, Jenny, with whom he is just starting a family.  What could go wrong?  Well, something did and it changed his life forever.  While working in our nation’s capital, Washington DC, Chris had a major event.  He developed a terrible headache the worst he ever had in his life.  He called back to Connecticut  to speak to his dad, Dr. Peter Licht, who insisted he go immediately to an emergency room hospital.  It is a good thing Chris followed this advice.


So begins the story about Chris’s experience, What I Learned When I Almost Died.  This is an easy read of 160 plus pages written about a true life experience by someone we know through his parents, Peter and Susan Licht.  You can look for Chris now as the producer of the new Charlie Rose morning show on CBS.

Usual Facts from History


Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury.


The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were the Flintstones.


Coco-Cola was originally green.


It is impossible to lick your elbow.


Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.


Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great key from history.

            Spades—King David              Hearts—Charlemagne

            Clubs—Alexander the Great              Diamonds—Julius Caesar


                                    Focus on Our Wives


            If you have ever seen petite Jean Sander you would never suspect that she was able to drive a large stick shift van with no rear windows or power steering to antique shows, unload and assemble in attractive displays large pieces of furniture, but she did just that many times.  Originally a sales assistant to brokers at Merrill Lynch, she was attracted to the antiques world where she met Lincoln, a full time employee of the paper business who dabbled in antiques.  Before meeting Lincoln and afterward she was able to do twenty to thirty shows a year in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and later Connecticut.  Altogether she figures she has been in the antiques business for about thirty-six years.  It seemed as if she was always on the road.  Today her adventures are much subdued.  She and Lincoln still enjoy going to antique shops and auctions and they still sell in a small way.


            Despite all that time on the road, Jean  had time to marry and raise a family of three girls and one boy.  She delights in her four grandchildren.  She loves family reunions where they play games, especially bocci. She and Lincoln also love going to good movies, especially the ones they show in Bethel. And somehow she finds time to be a substitute FISH driver. 


            Jean has one other major interest and that is gardening.  Her garden is a Newtown showpiece.  It has been on the Newtown Historical Society’s House and Garden Tour once and twice on the Open Days Garden Conservatory Tour.  In addition to beautiful and bountiful flowers her property abounds in specimen trees and interesting stone work, including watering troughs..  Because of her major ability she has a small garden design business and an occasional plant sale in May.  So, friends, if your have a gardening problem that defies solution, you might just contract our petite dynamo, Jean Sander.