President's Pen - August, 2003
Vol. 2 - August 2003
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Fellow Lions, summer is quickly fading  Rain!  Rain!  Rain! does anyone remember such a rainy, humid August?  At our home, leaves are already beginning to change colors, and newly formed acorns have begun to fall.

Past Club Events

¨Eighteen members and guests gathered for a brunch at Lion Marty & Gail Steinberg's on Sunday, 27 July.  After a lovely brunch and piano recital by Elizabeth (their daughter) we drove to Garrison, NY to tour Boscobel's.  The gardens and the spectacular view of the Hudson River were a perfect backdrop to a warm and sunny day.

The Steinberg's efforts raised $256.00 for our Club treasury.  Our thanks to Marty, Gail & Elizabeth for planning such a wonderful afternoon.

¨On Saturday, 2 August a Testimonial Dinner honoring Marinus deJongh, Immediate Past District Governor was held at the Clinton Country Club.  Lions Bob & Norma Gyle; Jean Knopf; and Fred & Lovie Bourne were in attendance.  There was good food, much laughter and lots of fellowship at this gathering.  Fred & I shared a table with:  Lion President Lou Tresselt & Betty of Madison; Lion Bill & Lioness Gayle Fredericks of Beacon Falls; and Lion Joe Poirier & Kathy of Beacon Falls.  Lion Joe is actively seeking to become our next District Governor.

¨On Sunday, 10 August, Fred & I hosted the President's Picnic at our home.  There were 29 members and guests in attendance.  The rain poured one hour before the start of the picnic, but we were able to hold it outdoors on the driveway.  Lion Fred was the Chief Master B-B-Q chef, and nearly everyone helped Lion Lovie in the kitchen to bring the food out.

At this event, two new Lions were inducted by Bob Gyle, PDG:  Lion Karen Kelley of New Fairfield (sponsors Lions Donna & Hillery Bassriel); and Lion Christine Makell of Danbury (sponsor, Lion Fred Bourne).  Lion Karen was originally a Club charter member.  Welcome to both Karen and Chris. 

Our Club membership now stands at 50 (with the removal of Lion Veronica Siewarga from our Roster).

Upcoming Club Meetings and Events

¨The car wash event scheduled for 30 August is being canceled.  We will try to rescheduled this event again during the latter part of May or June 2004.

¨Our first morning meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 11 September, 7:30 AM, at the American Pie Company in Sherman.

¨On Saturday, 13 September from 1:30 to 4:30 PM, at the Asia Pacific Restaurant (Shoprite Plaza, Brookfield), we are holding an orientation to Lionism for all Lions.  Certified Guiding Lions Anna Valerio (Milford Club); & Bill Phillips, PDG (Orange Club); and Mark Lyon, Region V Chairman (Brookfield Club); will lead the orientation.  Our own Bob Gyle, PDG and PP will give an overview of Candlewood's history.  I encourage all new Lions and "seasoned" Lions to attend.  A lunch (Chinese or Japanese, your choice of selections from the standard luncheon menu) is planned.  Cost is $10 per person.  Please RSVP Lion Jean Knopf.  Lion Jean, Membership Chair, and her team are diligently working to put this event together as, "An educated Lion is a dedicated Lion."

¨From 17 to 21 September Lion Alice Hoxie and I will be attending the Lions USA/Canada Forum in Portland, OR.

¨Zone Meeting, 18 September, Two Steps, Danbury, 6:30 PM.  Lion Fred Bourne is attending.

¨Our first evening meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 25 September, 6:30 PM, at Ernie's Roadhouse in Danbury.  Our guest speaker is Lion Scott Storms, Immediate Past International Director.  Lion Scott and his wife, Dale, live in Windsor Locks.  We are also planning to induct three new Lions at this meeting.


¨(1) Lion Lt. Gov. Jodi Rell sent a note as follows:   "Dear Fellow Lions - Thank you so much for honoring me with the Melvin Jones Award.  I was so surprised.  I appreciate the recognition  but it is all of you who make the Lions so special!!  Thanks again.  Jodi"  (2) Merle Nash of the Lions Eyeglass Recycling, Inc., in Roanoke, VA, wrote acknowledging and thanking us for our recent shipment of used glasses.  (3) Meg Gardinier, Deputy Director, Non-Governamental Organiza-tions, UNICEF, wrote thanking us for our "generous contributionto the School-in-a-Box Program."  (4) District Governor, Bob Redenz' first newsletter is attached (pgs. 1-3 only).  (5) Immediate Past International President, Kay K. Fukushima sent the attached E-mail. 

Club News  (1) Lion Marianne Dahill has accepted an offer on her property, but due to EPA regulations [generally August is hot and dry] a perk test cannot be conducted until September.  (2) Lion Chris Dudas reports that she has moved up on the kidney transplant list and is hopeful that an acceptable kidney will be available soon.  Please keep Lions Marianne & Chris in your thoughts and prayers.

Special Thank You  to my sister-in-law, Betty Bourne, my daughter, Lisa Warren, and my friend, Marcy Weiner, for assisting me with the initial planning, preparations and/or clean-up for our President's Picnic.  Thanks also to Lion Fred Bourne for designing the new layout for the President's Pen, and our Club Rosterwhich you will be receiving in September at our evening meeting.  Thanks also to Lion Bob Gyle, PDG, for conducting our latest new member induction.

Notables   (1) The Bethel Lions Club is holding its Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, 25 September at the Silo Ridge Country Club in Amenia, NY.  Registration and Practice begins at 9:30 AM.  Proceeds to benefit Bethel Lions Club Charities.  For information please contact Tom Babcock (203.512.7300).  Additionally, this year marks Bethel's 75th Anniversary.

Motto for the Year 
"Innovation..Gateway to our Future"


¨Fred and I are members of the Putnam Rail Trail Association and bike the Putnam County Bike Trail, generally on Saturday and/or Sunday afternoons if it is not raining.  Our last trip took us from Carmel to Yorktown Heights, NY.  The bike trails are all paved.  If anyone is interested in joining us, please call.  Typically our bike trips are 10 to 12 miles.

¨I am planning a shopping trip to Woodbury Common in Harriman, NY, on Saturday, 4 October leaving 84W, Exit 2 at 1:30 PM.  Woodbury Common is touted as the largest premium designer outlet shopping center in the world.  It has over 220 outlet stores from the world's leading designers and manufacturers all offering everyday savings of 25-65%.  My car holds five, and three seats are currently available.


¨Attached is a listing of various Club events and committee's that need members.  Please let me know if you're interested, before I call to ask if you can serve.

¨Have you visited our website (www.candlewood-lions. org)?  Our Webmaster, Lion Rob Farella, does an excellent job keeping it updated.  We have received positive comments about it.

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I am always available if you need help, or wish to discuss an issue, etc.  Please feel free to call me up until 11 PM for non-emergencies.