Chestertown Lions Club

Hello Lions,

I hope everyone is well! This sheltering at home feels very strange and makes it very difficult to do what Lions do best “Serve”.

All regular Lions meetings until further notice have been canceled. Our Board meeting will be held on the third Wednesday of the month via conference call. Details to follow. Without meetings, the nomination and election of officers will need to be completed by e-mail. A list of the nomination of officers and directors will be e-mailed soon with a ballot for you to return. The nominating committee did a great job! Hopefully, this will be concluded during April.

Both Vision Days scheduled for April 16, 17, and 18 and the Draw for Sight Bike Ride have been canceled. Comedy Night that was scheduled for March 28, 2020 has been postponed until May 30; hopefully, things will improve by then.

Other than Comedy Night, the only remaining fundraiser is the Bay to Bay Bike Ride scheduled for June 28, 2020. If things improve by then bike riders will be excited to get out, and we may have the best ride ever.

Recently, we came up with the idea of providing an environmental service project that would allow the Club to provide an important service project of cleaning up a small park just south of Kingstown. Five Lions signed up, Fred Sherriff, Wayne Benjamin, Matt Kempel, and James Porter; however, given the new “stay at home” order by Governor Hogan, this project has been canceled.

The Lions International Convention which was to be held in Singapore has been canceled, and the Multiple District Convention scheduled for Ocean City has been canceled.

During this period I hope our Lions will look out for each other, and with that in mind, I have updated details of the Buddy Program on the website and suggest team captains or team members pick up the phone and keep Lionism alive. I have also updated our current roster.

Yours in Lionism,

KL Rick

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District 22B March Newsletter A-C

Fellow Lions,

See the special message from DG John Lawrence. Special thanks to PKL Dave Dunham for getting photos of the Chestertown Lions Club included in the District 22B newsletter.

KL Rick

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MD-22 Convention 2020 CANCELLED A-C

Chestertown Lions,

See memo from DG John Lawrence regarding the Maryland 22 Convention.

KL Rick

MD 22 Convention Cancelation Letter
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Draw For Sight Cancellation

 

 

 

 

 

March 22, 2020

After much discussion and deliberation, the Chestertown Lions Club board and I have decided that we will​​ CANCEL​​ the Draw for Sight Bicycle Ride scheduled for Sunday April 26, 2020.

The corona virus​​ (COVID-19) is changing the way we travel, congregate and serve in communities around the world. ​​ The pandemic is just within the last few days, starting to have an effect on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Experience from countries infected at a much earlier date than the United States, suggests that infections could continue over a few months.​​ 

Our Draw for Sight and Bay to Bay Rides are as source of much needed income to meet the needs of our community and we will certainly be financially impacted at this​​ loss of fundraising opportunity. ​​ We care about every member, and the people we serve, which is why we all need to put health and safety first, in this challenging time for the world.​​ 

For those cyclists who have pre-registered for this event, we have the​​ following options:​​ 

  • Transfer​​ registration/t-shirt order from Draw for Sight ride to the Bay to Bay ride scheduled June 28, 2020.

  • Accept contribution​​ of the registration/t-shirt funds with gratitude and provide a tax statement of this as a donation. ​​ Chestertown Lions Charities, Inc. is a non-profit tax-exempt public charity as provided for in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  ​​ 

  • Issue refund​​ of the registration fee and t-shirt order.

Lions International has served the world for the last 100 years and Chestertown Lions since 1940. ​​ We want to continue to do that and with your support and understanding, we will!

Lion Kitty Neff

Cycling Events Coordinator

For up to date information: ​​ www.chestertownlions.org

Chestertown Lions Charities, Inc.

P. O. Box 265

Chestertown MD 21620

 

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Cancellation of Lions Club Meetings

Dear Fellow Lions,

Our dinner meeting for March 25th has been canceled due to the coronavirus scare. Also, our Comedy Night has been postponed until May 30th. Stay home and stay healthy – hopefully, everything returns to normal soon.

Take Care,
Lion Glenn Owens, Secretary
Chestertown Lions Club

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District 22-B Lions in the Age of Covid-19 A-C

A message from our District Governor John Lawrence.

KL Rick
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Chestertown Lions Club Comedy Night Postponement Notice

​​ Chestertown Lions Club

    District 22-B​​ 

    ​​ ​​ ​​​​  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ P. O. Box 265

    Chestertown, Maryland 21620

 

 

NOTICE

POSTPONEMENT​​ OF COMEDY NIGHT

 

 

Fellow Lions,

 

With the potential for the increasing spread of coronavirus and the mandated cancellation of large meetings and get-togethers, we have decided to​​ POSTPONE​​ THE​​ CHESTERTOWN LIONS CLUB COMEDY NIGHT FUNDRAISER​​ scheduled for March 28, 2020.​​ ​​ We feel postponing this special event at this time allows us to err on the side of caution.​​ ​​ WE HAVE RESCHEDULED THE COMEDY NIGHT FOR MAY 30, 2020 AT THE CHESTER RIVER YACHT AND COUNTRY CLUB.

 

Please contact anyone who purchased tickets from you and advise them of this postponement.​​ Also, advise them that a refund will be available if they cannot attend the event on that date or you may ask if they would like donate all or part of the ticket cost back to the Club​​ to support our fundraising activities.

 

We will reevaluate in mid-May if large get-togethers are still discouraged.​​ 

 

We appreciate your consideration and continued support for both our annual fundraiser and the well-being of our community’s needs.​​ 

 

Thanks.

PKL Dave Dunham

   

 

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Congratulations to PKL David Dunham

Fellow Lions,

Congratulations to PKL Dave Dunham!! Dave was recognized by District Governor John Lawrence on behalf of the Lions International President Dr. Choi with a CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION in Recognition of Distinguished Achievements in Fulfilling the Mission of Lions Clubs International. The presentation was made at the annual Social held in Cambridge, MD, Saturday, March 7, 2020, to honor 22B’s District Governor John Lawrence.

Dave, a relatively new Lion was recognized for his outstanding service for his recent service as President of the Chestertown Lions Club, by the implementation of a new fundraiser (the Comedy Night) and particularly for his success in promoting the activities of his club in local news outlets. His club’s activities seem to get published almost every week.

The entire Chestertown Lions Club thanks PKL Dave for all he does.

KL Rick

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Chestertown Rotary and Lions Club Hold Valentines Dinner and Joint Meeting

Nice article in the Chestertown Spy.

Click here for more.

KL Rick

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Galena Lions Golf Tournament

Galena Lions Golf Tournament
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Comedy Night is Back!!

Comedy
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Chestertown Lions Club Presents Appreciation Award to Blue Bird Tavern for Shotgun Raffle Support

Press Release Blue Bird
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Our Shotgun Raffle Winners!

Congratulations to our Shotgun Raffle Winners!

1st place: Samantha Delroy – Chestertown

2nd place: Pat Thompson – Chestertown

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Rogers Smith & Jim Lupis awarded the Knights of the Blind Pyramid

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Richard “Rick” Wells Awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award

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Chestertown Lions – Live Raffle Drawing

Live Drawing
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Details of Chestertown Lions Club Drive for Sight Program

Fellow Lions,

One of the major challenges of Kent County is the lack of adequate public transportation.  To help alleviate this problem, the Chestertown Lions Club implemented a service project several years ago to support local residents in need of transportation to their eye doctor.  The program provides free transportation to and from the eye doctor.  This project has been very successful thanks to Chairman Henry Hart and his committee for distributing information about the program and responding to calls for transportation.

In an effort to make this free transportation service available to more Kent County residents, Chairman Hart has documented the program in detail to show all of the Club members how easy it is to become a driver and hopes to involve other Lions Clubs.
Please take a look at details attached of the Drive for Sight Program and the Need a Free Ride To And From Your Eye Doctor Appointment Form.  If you would like to become a driver please let Chairman Hart or me know.
When there is a need, Lions are there.  Thanks, Lion Henry Hart!!
KL Rick
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Chestertown Lions Club’s Newest Member

Washington College President Kurt Landgraf is the newest member of the Chestertown Lions Club and was inducted by District Governor John Lawrence at a regular dinner meeting the evening of November 20, 2019. Congratulations and welcome Kurt!

Pictured below (left to right) DG John Lawrence, Lion Kurt Landgraf, and sponsor VDG Wayne Benjamin.

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Annual Fall Shotgun Raffle

Fellow Lions,

Under the leadership of Chair Fred Sherriff, the Annual Shotgun Raffle is one of the Lions Club major fundraisers.  This year, we added 500 tickets for a total of 5,000.  To sell all of these tickets we need everyone to serve multiple times, and remember you have to ask for the order, not wait for them to come to you.  Chair Fred does a great job of organizing and coordinating 5 sales teams which sell most weekends starting in September and ending in December.
Most weekends, Lions can be seen selling tickets at Molly’s, JBK’s, The Mill in Kingstown, and the Farmers Market.  We will have to work hard to make this year’s target.  If you could help again let Chair Fred know.
Photos from the sales team at Molly’s and JBK.
Thanks for all you do.
KL Rick
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CHESTERTOWN LIONS CLUB MAKES DONATION TO COMMUNITY TABLE AT FIRST UMC

Community Table at FUMC
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Chestertown Lions Fight Diabetes

Fellow Lions,

Saturday morning, November 9, 2019, the Chestertown Lions Club was joined by Chrissy Nelson, Diabetes Nurse Educator with UM Shore Regional Health, at the Farmers Market to increase diabetes awareness. Information about diabetes was available as well as a diabetes risk self-assessment questionnaire. The Lions Club was well represented by Lion Bill Low, John Paolella, Larry Lyons, Glenn Owens, and KL Rick Coffman.

Lions International has identified diabetes as one of Lions Five Global Causes.

Lions can be seen each week at the Farmers Market selling raffle tickets for our annual Shotgun Raffle to raise funds to support the many services provided to the community.

I wish to thank Chrissy Nelson and all of the Lions that participated to make this event a success.

KL Rick

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Chestertown Lions Support the Betterton-Still Pond Lions Club

Fellow Lions,

Chestertown Lions supported the Betterton Still Pond Lions Club by selling 50/50 tickets at their fall Horse Races on November 2, 2019. Lions Glen Owens, Matt Kempel, Mark Mumford, and Rick Coffman participated.

Lion Mark called the Races and the other Lions sold 50/50 tickets. The event was well attended and fun was had by all.

KL Rick

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Poker Tournament

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Chestertown Lions Supports Lions Vision Research Foundation (LVRF)

Fellow Lions,

The Chestertown Lions Club supports the LVRF and attended the District 22-B Fifteenth Annual Lions Vision Research Foundation Banquet held Friday, November 1, 2019, at the Greensboro VDF Community Hall. The program was inspiring; we heard from Dr. Robert Chun regarding the activities within the Low Vision Division of the Wilmer Eye Institue and Dwayne H. Adams, Sr. a patient which shared his story of how the Wilmer Eye Institute changed his life after a terrible accident left him completely blind in the left eye and with only partial vision in the right, as well as no sense of smell.

The Chestertown Lions Club was represented by KL Rick Coffman, 1stVDG Wayne Benjamin, Lions James Sanders, Fred Sherriff, and Matt Kempel. A check for $500 was presented to PDG Wayne Cole by KL Rick Coffman.

KL Rick

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Farmers Market

In Chestertown, diabetes nurse educator Chrissy Nelson will join the Lions Club in a booth at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, November 9, with the theme, “Lions Raising Awareness of Diabetes.”

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Service Project – Church Hill PTA

Fellow Lions,

In search of a new fundraiser for the Chestertown Lions Club which required little up front cost and limited number of volunteers, Service Chair Fred Sherriff and Director Ken Roderick organized an event in partnership with the Church Hill PTA and a food vendor out of Easton, Md. The Church Hill PTA was raising money for an additional White Board.

The event was held Friday evening October 25, 2019 at the Church Hill Elementary School. The Chestertown Lions Club was represented by Lions Herb Wilkinson, Lee Hunley and Henry Hart. A big thanks goes to the Lions participating.

Our Lions Club benefited from this community project by the service we provided to make it happen and the experience we gained by first hand observation of food and the vendor from Easton. Based upon what we learned we may be able to duplicate this type of fundraiser in the future at other venues.

Again, thanks to Fred and Ken for spearheading this event.

KL Rick

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Chestertown Lions Supports LOVRNET

The Chestertown Lions Club supports the Low Vision Rehabilitation Network (Lions Lovrnet) which is a community based healthcare program that addresses the current shortage and distribution of low vision rehabilitation services.

Pictured left is President Rick Coffman and District Governor John Lawrence.

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Speaker District Governor John Lawrence

The Governor of District 22B, John Lawrence spoke to the Chestertown Lions Club on October 23, 2019 to discuss the joy of service.
Pictured left is District Governor John Lawrence and President Rick Coffman.

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Farmer’s Market Saturday, November 9th

Fellow Lions,

See the following article in the Chestertown Spy:

Free Events Set for Easton, Chestertown to Mark National Diabetes Awareness Month

In Chestertown, diabetes nurse educator Chrissy Nelson will join the Lions Club in a booth at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, November 9, with the theme, “Lions Raising Awareness of Diabetes.”

Rick KL

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Larry Lyons Awarded Melvin Jones Fellowship Award

Lion Larry Lyons was recognized by the Chestertown Lions Club for his tremendous contribution to humanity & service as Chair of the Membership Committee. He was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award at a regular meeting held October 23, 2019. The Lions Club International recognizes outstanding individuals by bestowing on them an award that is named for its founder, Melvin Jones.
Pictured left to right is Larry Lyons and District Governor John Lawrence.

KL Rick

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Lions Road Clean Up Team – Photos

Fellow Lions,

I wish to thank Chair Lion Matt Kempel, Lions Henry Hart, Herb Wilkinson, Bob Knapp, and Wayne Benjamin for coming out Thursday to pick up trash on Route 213 between Fey Road and Sprackel Pool. Working together we can make a difference in our community.

Thanks again.

Rick KL

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Homeports Health & Wellness Expo

Fellow Lions,

A big thank you goes to Lion Fred Sherriff and a team of Chestertown Lions that worked at the Homeports Health & Wellness Expo held at the Kent County High School on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

The Lions served coffee and manned a table promoting Health-related services provided the community by the Chestertown Lions Club including the collection of eyeglasses, eye screening of young children, transportation to eye doctors, and diabetes awareness. It was a fun day of Lionism, and both District Governor John Lawrence and 1st Vice District Governor Wayne Benjamin stopped in for a visit.

Thanks again for another great day of service.

KL Rick

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Photos From 2019

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2020 Ride Dates

Hope to see you all in 2020!  Here are the dates to mark your calendars.

Draw for Sight Poker ride   April 26

Bay to Bay ride   June 28

Thank you for supporting Chestertown Lions Charities!

Kitty Neff

Cycling Events Coordinator

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Want to sponsor a Bike Ride? Here’s how!

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Chestertown Lions Charities, Inc.

PO Box 265

Chestertown, MD ​​ 21620

 

 

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Dear​​ 

We invite you to consider sponsoring the Chestertown Lions Club Cycling Events held in April and June 2020.

The Draw for Sight Ride in April typically attracts over 200 riders and has become an annual tune-up ride for area cyclists from throughout the region. ​​ Riders follow a 36 to 60 mile course through historic Chestertown and the beautiful towns and farmlands of upper Kent County. ​​ The popular Bay to Bay Ride is in its 35th year, held in June, and typically draws over 500 cyclists, who can follow any of four routes between 26 and 102 miles in length, taking in the heartland of the Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware. ​​ For more information, see the "events" tab at www.chestertownlions.org.

All of the funds generated from these two rides support Lions Club programs particularly in Kent County, including the Leader Dog program for the blind, preschool eye screening, the purchase of eyeglasses for individuals who cannot afford them, and other activities such as scholarships for Kent and Queen Anne's County students. ​​ Most of the funds will directly benefit Chestertown and Kent/Queen Anne's County community groups.

Our sponsors will receive recognition for both 2020 rides. ​​ The​​ enclosed sponsorship form explains the different levels of support and recognition. ​​ Every sponsor will be recognized for making an important contribution to our town, to Kent and Queen Anne's counties, to hundreds of cyclists participating in the rides, and to the local and national programs supported by Lions Club International.

If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring the Chestertown Lions Club cycling events in 2020, we be glad to answer any questions you may have about these rides or the Lions Club in general. ​​ Contact ​​ Richard Coffman at 410-810-4154, or by email to richard [dot] coffman5 [at] gmail [dot] com.

To become a sponsor, complete and return the sponsorship form in the self-addressed envelope with your payment to Chestertown Lions Charities, Inc., PO Box 265, Chestertown, MD ​​ 21620. ​​ Chestertown Lions Charities, Inc. is a non-profit tax-exempt public charity as provided for in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Richard L. Coffman

President

Chestertown Lions Club

 

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