President's Year in Review - July 2002
As a busy and successful year draws to a close, I wish to thank each Candlewood Lion for enthusiastically walking that path in unity. Eight new members joined our club. We warmly welcomed Lions Othella Mayes, Pat Martin, Joan and Ed Smith, Myong-Cha and Chuck Ferrara, Jenn Pryor, and Veronica Siewarga. Lion Nancy Beck became a Candlewood Lion. We named Lion Jean Hazard a Melvin Jones Fellow and Lion Marge Gallo a Knight of the
Blind. We mourned together on September 11 and found a focus in selling Lion Magic
Marty's patriotic pins to benefit the families of our own heroes. Chili Contest II, Octoberfest, and Wine Tasting II were held. We attended the CRIS, Hospice and 100% Club Breakfasts. (After all we began as a breakfast club!) We sold patriotic pins and Lions cookbooks at local craft fairs. We rang those famous "12 Days of Christmas" bells at our Ethan Allen "Red
and Green Gathering" and added holiday joy to our "adopted family" throughout the year. Our Ground Zero trip to work at the World Trade Center Relief Warehouse was a club highlight. "The Malt Shop Mystery" dinner theater party was a financial and social coup with 150 in 50's attire and $3,500 in the bank to support our charities. International Night with Polynesian dance and native fare was a colorful delight. We welcomed International Directors Scott Storms and Otto Strobino, District Governor Don Miloscia, Cultural Educator of the Year Dr. Jeff Wiggins, and Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation Chairman Lion Joan Hunt with guide dog Kayla. Chris Barrett spoke to us about his Good Friend mentoring program in Danbury and we raised almost $1,000 selling raffle tickets for Lions Macular Degeneration Research at Yale
and UConn. Best wishes to Lion Bob Gyle on receiving the International President's Medal "in recognition of your distinguished leadership" at the State Convention. Audrey Bertalovitz received our $500 scholarship, awarded in memory of Firefighter Chris Blackwell, our Lion Fran's beloved son. Audrey will study nursing at UMass. Chris Blackwell was one of her
personal heroes growing up in New Fairfield. We thank Lion Rob Farella for the professional website that he has set up for us. Please refer to it often. The President's Pen newsletter will be posted there each month as we embrace the electronics of the 21st century. Congratulations to Melvin Jones recipients Lion Rob Farella and Lion Marty Steinberg. My personal thanks is extended to the club for honoring me as a Melvin Jones Fellow and Knight of the Blind. Once again thank you for lighting the path of service so brilliantly this Lionistic year. I hope to see each of you at the President's Picnic on August 4th. Happy Summer!
Summer Greetings, Candlewood Lions!
Last June Lions International challenged each of us to "Light the Path to Service, Walk the Path with Pride". Together we walked with gusto. The Lions motto for 2002-2003 will be "One World, One Heart" as we serve others less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you for your dedication and hard work. I look forward to serving with you in another successful year of fun
and fund raising.
Dates to Remember! 2002-2003
Sun. August 4 - President's Picnic - at home of President Alice Hoxie - New Milford - 1 PM
Thurs. Sept. 12 - Breakfast Meeting - American Pie Co. - 7:30 AM
Thurs. Sept. 26 - Memory Training Seminar - Ernie's - 6:30 PM
Sat. Oct. 19 - Chili Contest III - Lion Bob Gyle to Chair
Sat. Dec. 7 - Children's Magical Holiday Party
Thurs. Dec. 19 - Ethan Allen Holiday Gala with 12 Days Bells
Sat. April 5, 2003 - Mystery Dinner Theater II -Anthony's Lake Club
Yours in Lionism,
Lion Alice Hoxie, President