Newtown Lions Club 



                                    April/May/June 2009


Wed. April 8--Regular Meeting

Wed. April 15--Board of Directors meeting

Wed. April 22--Father-Daughter-Son Meeting

Sat. April 25--Loose the Litter Day and Earth Day

Sat. May 2--Americares Day

Mon. May 4--Blood Drive

Sat. May 9--Orchard Hill Cleanup

Wed. May 13--Regular Meeting--Honan-Trull Awards

Sat. May 16--Flag Day--Summer Flag presentation

Sun. May 17--Frisby Golf Day at Orchard Hill

Sat. May 23--Great Pootatuck Duck Race--all hands needed on deck

Wed. May 27--Regular Meeting

Thur. June 11--Hospice Breakfast

Sun. June 14--Ladies Night--Awards--Installation

Wed. June 17--Board of Directors Meeting


                                                “President’s Message”


            I have received numerous e-mails from our International Lions club, President Al Brandel, concerning increased membership.  He has been providing pep talks to all District Governors and Presidents to hopefully convince us that we need to try a little harder to get our friends and other acquaintances to join this great organization.  In keeping with this theme, I am asking each of you to invite a friend, neighbor or other acquaintance, to join us for another membership meeting on April 8, 2009.  Lion Schweikert and his committee will be contacting you to encourage you to bring a prospective member to this meeting.


            I recently attended the Lions Day at the United Nations.  Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, spoke about the long standing support the International Lions Club has provided the UN.  The Lions Club of Newtown was recognized for its contributions to the United Nations sponsored School-In-A-Box program.  Our contribution of $600.00 is enough to supply basic educational materials and supplies for 250 students and teachers in culturally deprived areas of the world.  All in all, it was a most rewarding           


            We are approaching the most active and productive part of our calendar year.  Tickets for the annual Car Raffle and Duck Race are being printed and will be available very shortly and distributed to our membership.  Upcoming is the Lose the Litter Day, which has already received attention in our local newspapers as a part of Earth Day, on April 25,2009. This is followed by the Americares project, the Red Cross Blood Drive, the Flag Day Presentation, Orchard Hill Cleanup and the Great Pootatuck Duck Race.  Now is the time to STEP-UP.  We need everyone to help to make our projects successful.  Our success translates to more help for those charitable organizations we have supported for so many years.  Please do your part!



NEW--  from a Lion in :Phoenix, Arizona


            My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was sixty.  He says it keeps him spry.  Now he is ninty-seven years old and we don’t know where he is. 


      The Little Girl and the Dog

            A little girl asked her Mom, "Mom, may I take the dog for a walk around the block?" Mom replies, "No, because she is in heat."


"What's that mean?" asked the child. "Go ask your father. I think he's in the garage."


            The little girl goes to the garage and says, "Dad, may I take Belle for a walk around the block? I asked Mom, but she said the dog was in heat, and to come to you." Dad said, "Bring Belle over here." He took a rag, soaked it with gasoline, and scrubbed the dog's backside with it to disguise the scent. Then he said, "OK, you can go now, but keep Belle on the leash and only go one time round the block."


            The little girl left and returned a few minutes later with no dog on the leash. Surprised, Dad asked, "Where's Belle?"


            The little girl said, "She ran out of gas about halfway down the block, so another dog is pushing her home."


                                    Doings of the Pride   


 NEW.   A few years ago Tom Evagash bought a home on Candlewood Lake in New Milford that needed a great deal of repair.  Over several winters he has basically stripped the house and put in new cabinets, baths, tile, carpeting and redid the floors plus lots of painting.  There is a lot of quality craftsmanship there. Someone will be lucky to snag it. . . .Frank and Jan ardner recently  had a wonderful trip to Maui.  Frank believes it is probably the best vacation they have ever had.  They enjoyed the different climates all within one island, the many scenic vistas, the good restaurants and the incurably snorkeling activities they participated in.  Beautiful tropical fish and large sea turtles abounded. . . .Alex Fraser just  purchased a double wide 1000 square feel trailer with two bedrooms and two baths.  He can’t wait to spend a good part of next winter in the Sunshine state, like so many other Lions.  Ed Miklaszewski had bigs plans to spend a day on a forty mile bike ride in NYC.  Sounded great but . . . The day before Ed, as always the helpful guy, was working with the Americares project and fell off a ladder breaking his foot.  We’re happy to say he is much better now. . . OLDHither and yon have gone the Lions!  For example, Dick Kovacs and his wife, Margaret, spent an enjoyable two weeks in St. Martin, the half Dutch, half French island where everyone speaks French.  The Kovacs have been going there since the 1980s and bought a time share in 1993. . .  Lincoln Sander and his wife, Jean, have just enjoyed a week at Guadalahara in central Mexico visiting friends.  They found the city very pleasant and economically vibrant.  Higher in altitude than mile high Denver, days were warm and nights very comfortable.  I imagine it was hard to come back to the cold just as it was for returning snow birds Arneth, Evagash,  Wyslick and Larin.  Still enjoying the southland are Lions Hostetler and Mounts. . . . Alex Fraser spent two pleasant weeks in the mid winter visiting his daughter in Ft. Lauderdale and is thinking of buying some property down there. . . . And Ed Miklaszewski and wife Donna have recently returned very tanned from a week’s cruise to Mexico on the royal Caribbean.  They visited Casomel and enjoyed the many things to do on the ship.  One day they took a side trip out to see sting rays which were very common in this area.  They event petted them. . . . About to depart are Walt and Peg Schweikert for a month traveling in their camper through the South visiting twenty national parks and such cities as New Orleans. . . . We are happy to see that Paul Krueger has rebounded so well from his shoulder surgery and that Jon Christensen is his own affable self after a blockage in his intestine. . . . Keep our founding member, Bill Honan in, your prayers for he is currently in Danbury Hospital with a serious case of pneumonia.         

According to George Carlin

“Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out shouting ‘Holy shit!  What a ride!’”                                  

                                    Focus on Our Wives

            Life for Sandra Brown has always been busy, so busy it has been hard finding time for her hobbies of camping, walking, bike riding, reading and doing crossword puzzles.  Raising four children ages forty to forty five took a lot of energy as do her eight grandchildren most of whom don’t live too far away.  Every summer the grandkids come for a week of Granny Camp.  Lots of activities fill the week such as camping, swimming, crafts and scavenger hunts.  This is a hectic but fun filled week .  When Sandy isn’t too busy being wife to Dave, sister to Debbie Stakel, mother and grandmother, she works as assistant manager of the Dress Barn  in Shelton.  She is also quite active in the Methodist Church.  After having many roles there, she is currently the Head Usher and Minister of Fun!  Knowing Sandy’s enthusiasm and pep, I bet the Methodists have been gifted with lots of Fun!

                                    According to a Lion from Nebraska

            I want to die while asleep like my grandfather, not screaming in terror like the passengers in his car.

                                    According to a Lion from Montana

            I am a Nobody.  Nobody is Perfect,  Therefore, I am Perfect.

                                    According to a Lion from New Hampshire

            I have kleptomania but when it gets bad, I take something for it.

                                    According to a Female Lion in Boulder, Colorado

            Heaven is where: 

            The police are British.  The chefs are Italian.  The mechanics are German.         

            The lovers are French.  And it is all organized by the Swiss.      

             Hell in where:

            The police are German.  The chefs are British.  The mechanics are French

            The lovers are Swiss.  And it is all organized by the Italians.