¨Venamy Orchids Chief Grower, Joe Dorrien, was the guest speaker of our 22 January meeting. Joe gave an excellent presentation. His love of orchids is long-standing and was clearly apparent in his talk. The orchid slides were brilliant. Venamy Orchids is a wonderful place to visit; it is located on Route 22 in Brewster and is open 7 days a week. Lion Othella saw Joe shortly after the presentation. Although she could not remember his name she did say, “Hello Mr. Orchid.”
¨Did you know that there is a “Lionette’s” group within your Club? They made their premier performance at the 2 February Board Meeting. The Lionette’s are: Lions Peggy King, Pam Sommer, Donna Larsen, Lovie Bourne, Alice Hoxie, Carrie Matos and Othella Mays. Expect to see them perform at the 8 May major fundraiser.
¨12 February — PDG Curt Fitch, New Milford Club spoke at our Morning Meeting about the pin traders group. Did you know that pin trading brings in approximately $2 million in revenue to Lions International?
¨21 February — Lions Fred & Lovie attended the Milford Lions Club Annual 8th Annual Ziti & Meatball Dinner. There were approximately 200 individuals present and the Club expected to raise approximately $7K. We had a good time.
¨24 February — the Major Fundraiser Committee (Lions: Fran Allan, Lovie Bourne, Kris Hodge, Alice Hoxie, Jerry King, (Chair), Peggy King, Othella Mayes and Pam Sommer) meet at Lion Alice’s house to finalize the 8 May details. The event, entitled, “Dancin’ Daze” will be held at Anthony’s Lake Club in Danbury. Two tickets are enclosed for each member/household; along with ad booklet sheets and a letter of explanation. Information to go into the ad booklet must be in-hand to Lions Fred & Lovie no later than 30 April. Thanks to Lion Fred for designing the tickets, event flyer and the ad booklet sheet.
¨ 26 February — Our annual Wine Tasting was held at Ernie’s Roadhouse. Our sincere thanks to Bill Crandall of Discount Liquors for obtaining the liquor distributors. Thanks also to Lions Chris Makell and Carrie Matos for putting together and donating a lovely raffle basket that raised $81 for the Club. Lion Donna Larsen did a great job selling the raffle tickets. Special thanks to Lion Alice Hoxie for chairing the event. Special mention of appreciation to Lion John Hodge for selling 16 tickets. 84 bottles of liquor were purchased. · Lion Alice had six guests present — two may join our Club.
¨26 February — Lion Gunther Wruck (“G.W.”) died. GW was a special friend to our Club. He was instrumental in getting his Yalesville/Wallingford Club to sponsor our Club. Without his unyielding support, Candlewood would have had a difficult time obtaining a Charter. At our next Board meeting we will discuss ways to honor his memory. Lions Bob & Norma Gyle, Alice Hoxie & Lovie Bourne attended his wake and participated in the Lions Memorial Service on 29 February.
¨1 March — since eight Board members were out of town and/or unable to attend, the meeting was cancelled.
¨11 March, Morning Meeting — twelve members and/or guests were present. Our Zone Chairman, Lion Gordon Williams was unable to attend, but will try to come to another meeting. Two individuals from the Wine Tasting, Susan Licata and Geri Brenia came and are interested in joining. I thank Lions Alice & Othella and guests Susan & Geri for staying after the meeting to cut and number the Dancin’ Daze tickets. Another FOA (friend of Alice), Jeannette Nanai has also expressed an interest in joining our Club.
¨12 March, Lions Day at the United Nations — Lions Lovie Bourne, Alice Hoxie, Pat Maguire, Othella Mayes, and Pam Sommer attended the event. Lion Pam drove, thus affording the group to participate in the UN tour and have a leisurely dinner in New York afterwards. · Speaker Eveline Herfkens (The Netherlands), the Secretary General’s Executive Coordinator for the Millennium Development Goals (see page 3) Campaign was not well received. She had the temerity to say that although the United States was the highest contributor that we should be contributing more to the Goals Campaign. She went as far as to suggest that individuals would be willing to pay 1% more in taxes to facilitate the goals. She also was unkind to President Bush in her remarks. · A 12-year-old girl from Italy was the peace poster winner. Her picture depicted a burning candle with wax dripping into various country flags. She did not speak English. But I was able to ascertain that it was her first visit to New York, and that she was enjoying herself. · We listened to a special music performance by the Tarumi Violin Children’s Foundation for the Arts. One member of the group was age 4. They all played beautifully. · The luncheon setting overlooked the East River. The food was very good, especially the apple tart dessert. · UNICEF was presented with a check for $7500 from Lions International. · We had dinner at Lucky Cheng’s (the original drag queen restaurant). The entrée’s were excellent, but the desserts lacking. The show was entertaining. All-in-all a unique experience.
Upcoming Club Meetings and Events —
¨March is National Nutrition Month. At our 25 March, 6:30 PM, Recruitment Dinner. Speaker, Ms. Nancy Salem, R.D., C.D.E., Danbury Hospital, Outpatient Dietitian, — “Diabetes & Obesity: Understanding Related Health Implications.” Diabetes and obesity amongst Americans, especially children, are increasing at an alarming rate. The meeting will be held at Ernie’s Roadhouse, North Street, Danbury.
¨22 April, Evening Meeting, 6:30 PM, Ernie’s Roadhouse. Speaker, Kevin Bill, M.S., Program Director, The Marcus Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at Danbury Hospital. Topic is “Women & Heart Disease.” Additionally, Lisa Sloan & Xing (our Mascot Guide Dog) and Bob Kirsch will be attending.
¨On Saturday, 1 May, Zone 5 Lions Clubs (Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, NF Candle-wood, Newtown & Southbury are holding a joint eye health screening at the Danbury Fair Mall. I have limited details thus far. If you are interested in helping out, even if it is just an hour during the day manning our table, please call me.
¨We received the following thank you letter from Green Chimneys. “Dear Lovie, Please extend our sincerest gratitude to all the members of the Lions Club for giving our children a day of fun, food, magic and wonderful company. A great deal of work goes into putting something like that together and I was told that the children had a wonderful time. Having the event at the firehouse also made for a very exciting trip. #There are so many wonderful friends in our community who show our children so much love, care and concern. They need this, especially when it’s the holiday season. This year there were 40 children who did not go home. They had no home to go to. This must be extremely difficult for them. However the Candlewood Lions Club helped fill some of the time with a wonderful party that will be a childhood memory they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. #On Behalf of all the staff, children and animals we wish everyone in The Candlewood Lions Club a wonderful New Year. Sincerely, Linda Miele, Director of Volunteers & Community Relations.”
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¨17 April, Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation Open House, Bloomfield. If interested, let me know.
¨The Cheshire Lions Foundation Annual Dinner Dance for the Blind is being held on Monday, 3 May from 6 – 9 PM at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. If you know any visually impaired (blind) persons who might enjoy the dinner-dance please let me know. The cost is $25.00 per person.
¨The Connecticut Lions Eye Research Founda-tion’s Golf Tournament is being held on Tuesday, 8 June at the Tradition Golf Club in Wallingford. Call me for details if you’re interested.
¨The New Milford Lions Club will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary on Friday, 16 April at the Cornucopia Banqueting Hall in Torrington. The cost is $37.50 per person. Lion Scott Storms, PID, will be the guest speaker. Call me if you’re interested in going. An RSVP is requested before 3 April.
Club News —
¨Lion Karen Kelley is recuperating nicely after a stay at Danbury Hospital. Lion Karen’s sister, Lion Barbara (MA) stayed with her for two weeks to help with her healing process. Lion Barbara wants to attend one of our meetings if she’s in the area. A plant was delivered on behalf of the Club. Lion Karen sent a thank you card.
¨Lion Jean Knopf, with the aid of a cane, is moving around much better following her stay at Waterbury Hospital. Lion Alice and I visited her and brought a plant from the Club and banana bread.
¨Lion Seamus Walsh’s mother, Philomena Walsh died on 4 March. A contribution in her memory was sent to the New Milford Hospital Cancer Center on behalf of our Club.
¨Lion Connie Paist and family vacationed in sunny Puerto Rico.
¨Lions Tim & Tracy Poeti vacationed in sunny Bahamas.
¨Lions Jean & Al Hazard vacationed in sunny Florida. They visited former Charter Members, Dick & Judy Grant.
¨Lion Marlene Lamendola & husband, Dennis, had a sunny vacation in Sedona, Arizona.
¨Lion Fran and husband, Ed, vacationed in sunny Dominican Republic.
¨Lions Jerry & Peggy King had a “working vacation” in sunny Virginia.
¨Lion Alice & family, and Lions Pam, Othella & Pat Maguire are taking a vacation break in cold upstate New York.
¨Lions Fred & Lovie are celebrating their 35th Anniversary and took a snowmobiling break in snowy Maine.
¨Lion Bob Gyle had an encounter with a deer. It safely ran in front of his car…but Lion Bob hit the guardrail and spun around. Thankfully Lion Bob is all right, but his car needs body work.
¨Lions Sue & Mike Petro wrote: “To Our Fellow Lions…Thank you for the beautiful plant and caring thoughts of sympathy in this time of sorrow. Your fellow Lions, Sue & Mike & family.”
¨Dues – All of 1 March the Club had outstanding approx. $1,300 in membership dues. Fees from dues are paid to our District and Int’l. Lions based on actual membership numbers. Thus, whether or not we have received your dues monies, we are obligated to pay out fees on your behalf to the aforementioned. Our dues of $5.50 per month ($66 per annum) are the lowest dues that I am aware of in the State. Dues and in-meeting raffles also go to pay for our administrative costs. Thus, if you have not responded to Lion Marlene’s recent dues request, please do so. And, to those of you who already did, thank you. · Additionally, if for any reason you are unable to pay your dues, please speak to me or Lion Marlene.
¨Thank you to Lion Kris Hodge, Sunshine Director, for ensuring that everything goes out on time.
¨Per our Webmaster, Lion Rob Farella, from Feb. 03 to Feb 04 there were 1,447 hits to our website. Including hits from Canada, Germany, Italy & France.
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U.N. Millennium Development Goals
By 2015 all United Nations Member States have pledged to:
1.Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
2.Achieve universal primary education.
3.Promote gender equality and empower women.
4.Reduce child mortality.
5.Improve maternal health.
6.Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
7.Ensure environmental sustainability.
8.Develop a global partnership for development.
For more information on the Millennium Development Goals, see Road Map towards the Implementation of the United Nations Millennium Declaration at: www.un.org/millenniumgoals.
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Our Club is what you make it. And, I want and need all of you to continue to help make Candlewood a great, enviable Club.