New Member Package

A package of information to introduce potential members to the Chestertown Lions Club has been added to our website.   You can find it here or by clicking on the “New Member Package” option under the “Becoming a Lion” tab in the navigation menu.

We hope you find it of interest and encourage you to contact any Club member for more information.

Thanks to Lion Bob Knapp for preparing this.  Lion Bob is a Melvin Jones Award recipient and past president of the Chestertown Lions Club.

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Bay to Bay Ride – June 26, 2016

b2b_logo_2016On the fourth Sunday of June each year, the Chestertown Lions Club welcomes cyclists to its summer bicycling challenge, the Bay to Bay ride. The tour consists of five routes between 27 and 104 miles in length. The flat loop routes take in the scenery of the heartland of the Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware including farmlands, old country homes, quaint towns, and great country stores. The 27 mile ride goes through historic Chestertown for those who want a less challenging ride.

Spend the day touring the town, then return to join your friends just up the hill from Betterton Beach. Temperatures of mid-June lend themselves to a pleasant swim in the Chesapeake Bay at the end of the ride.

Time:
Registration Hours:
6:30 am to 9:00 am
Rides start at 7:00 am
(Special tandem starts at 8:00 am)
Ride ends promptly at 6:00 pm
Last sweep 5:00 pm

Cost:
$25 until May 15, 2016
$30 May 16 until June 25, 2016
$40 Day of Ride
– Blind riders ride for FREE
– No Refunds
– Fee includes map, marked route, sag wagon
and five food stops
– Screwdriver set for the first 450 registered riders

Register online:

  active_com

Register By Mail:

Click here for a mail-in registration form.

Walk-in Registration:
Walk-in registration will be available on the morning of the ride. To speed up the registration process, print a mail-in registration form from the link above and have it completed with payment in-hand at the time of registration.

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Our 2016 Draw For Sight Bicycle Poker Run Ride Winners!

Here are the winners of our Draw For Sight Ride, and our heartfelt thanks to all who participated:scan

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Richard Carl Pagella, Sr.

Richard Carl Pagella, Sr. of Chestertown, MD, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2016 at his home. He was 73.

Born on July 6, 1942 in Springfield, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Louis C. and Helen Wrona Pagella. In 1962, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served in the Vietnam War. Mr. Pagella and his wife owned and operated Creative Treatments, an interior design business.

He was past president of the Chestertown Lions Club, a member of the Chestertown Elks Lodge, Chester River Yacht and Country Club, Shrewsbury Parish Episcopal Church and was a former member of the Chestertown Rotary Club. Mr. Pagella also volunteered at Eastern Neck Island National Wildlife Refuge. He enjoyed bike riding, fishing, kayaking, photography and wood working.

In addition to his wife of 23 years, Mary Lou Pagella, he is survived by a daughter, Lisa Meagher and her husband Sean of Towson, MD; a son, Richard Carl Pagella, Jr. of Frederick, MD; a sister, Sherry Pelton and her husband Scott of Dover, DE, seven grandchildren, Patrick, Victoria, Keeley, Brennen and Quinn Meagher; Alec and Carlynn Pagella.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 10:30 am at Shrewsbury Episcopal Church in Kennedyville, MD.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Chestertown Lions Club P. O. Box 265 Chestertown, MD 21620 or Shrewsbury Parish Church P.O. Box 187 Kennedyville, MD 21645.

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Scholarships for Deserving Students in Local High Schools

The Chestertown Lions Club is pleased to offer scholarships for deserving high school students in our area.  You can find the application here or by clicking on the tab underneath the “Our Work” option in the navigation bar at the top of the page.

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Edward Stevens Gillespie

Edward Stevens Gillespie of Chestertown, MD, died on March 14, 2016 at his home. He was 85.

Born on December 8, 1930 in Sudlersville, MD, he was the son of the late Victor Power and Juliet Stevens Gillespie. Mr. Gillespie graduated from Charlotte Hall Military Academy and attended University of Maryland, College Park and was a member of Phi Delta Theta faternity. He served with the Maryland National Guard for over 20 years and was company commander of Chestertown, Denton and Easton. In 1952, he married Jane McCauley, they were married for 14 years. He later married Jean Brown in 1969, who predeceased him in March of 2014.

Mr. Gillespie joined his father and grandfather in their family concrete company, Gillespie & Son, Inc in Sudlersville, MD after World War II. The business prospered over the years under his ownership and the company moved to Chestertown. Today, sons, Jim and Todd, and grandson, Andrew are continuing the 94 year old family tradition.
Over the years, Mr. Gillespie served on the Board of Directors of Sudlersville Bank of MD and Chestertown Bank of MD. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Kent School and Kent & Queen Anne’s Hospital. He was a life long member of the Chestertown Lions Club.

Mr. Gillespie and his wife, Jean, had a passion for traveling, seeing many parts of the world and especially enjoyed their winters in Barbados and Florida.

He is survived by his children: Deborah Gillespie Gazzerro and her husband John of Warwick, MD; Stevens Victor Gillespie and his wife Patricia of Charlotte, NC; James Edward Gillespie and his wife Erin of Chestertown, MD; Todd Stevens Gillespie and his wife Julie of Chestertown, MD, and Mary Elizabeth Evans and her husband Leonard of Chestertown, MD; a sister, Margaret Gillespie Albertsen of Chestertown, MD; along with fifteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. A son, Richard Baxter Phillips, Jr., predeceased him.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Andrew’s Chapel, PO Box 38, Church Hill, MD 21623 or Chestertown Lions Club, PO Box 265, Chestertown, MD 21620.

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John Cree Eliason

John Cree Eliason, of Chestertown, MD, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016. He was 96.

A native of Chestertown, MD, he was the son of Thomas W. and Marguerite Cree Eliason.

Active with scouting, he became a Tenderfoot Scout on December 1st, 1933 and rose to Life Scout on October 25th, 1940. He was assistant scoutmaster in 1937 and from 1941-1942 he was Scoutmaster.

He spent 6 years in the US Army serving in both WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in the Philippines, New Guinea, and South Korea. He worked at Bendix Radio in Baltimore as an Inspector.

Mr. Eliason returned to Chestertown as the Parts Manager at Eliason Motors from 1946 to 1957. He owned Eliason Motors, a Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury dealership, from 1958 to 1976 on Cross Street, in downtown Chestertown.

He was married to Margot Foose Eliason and Jane Fallowfield Eliason, both predeceased him. John was an active member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Chestertown, where he served as Senior Warden and was also an active, lifetime member of the Chestertown Lions Club. John was also a member of Chestertown Fire Company, where he was a firefighter, Chief, and Board Member. In 2012, he was honored by the Scouts and leaders of Troop 130 for being a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America for 75 years.

He is survived by a son, Robert G. Eliason (Bobby) and wife Ha Nguyen Eliason, two brothers, Walker Eliason of Chestertown, and David Eliason of Santa Monica, CA, and two grandchildren, Eben Eliason and wife Jessica Greenfield of Los Angeles, CA, and Addie Pepoli and husband John of Massachusetts, and one great grandson, Aiden Pepoli.

He was predeceased by a son, John C. Eliason, Jr. (Skeet), two brothers, Tom Eliason and Alan Eliason, and a sister, Mary Margaret Forney.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Interment will be in Chester Cemetery.

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Draw for Sight Bicycle Poker Run – April 24, 2016

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The Chestertown Lions Club welcomes cyclists to Draw For Sight Bicycle Poker Run Ride. The tour consists of a 36 or 60 mile rolling to flat course.  The route takes in the scenery of the heartland of Upper Kent County in Maryland including farmlands, old country homes, quaint towns, and great country stores. The ride goes through historic Chestertown.

Route starts and ends at Betterton Volunteer Fire Company, 2 Howell Point Road, Betterton, MD 21610.

Time:
Registration Hours;
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Rides start at 8:30 am
Drawing stations close at 1:00 pm
Ride ends promptly at 2:00 pm.
Last sweep 2:00 pm
All score cards must be turned in by 2:00 pm.

Cost:
$25 until March 31, 2016
$30 April 1 until April 23, 2016
$40 Day of Ride
– Blind riders ride for FREE
– No Refunds
– Fee includes map, marked route, sag wagon and five food stops
All score cards must be turned in by 2:00 pm.

Register online:

active_com

Register By Mail:

Click here for a mail-in registration form.

Walk-in Registration:
Walk-in registration will be available on the morning of the ride. To speed up the registration process, print a mail-in registration form from the link above and have it completed with payment in-hand at the time of registration.

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George Henry Kastendike IV

Lion George Henry Kastendike IV

November 4, 1946 – January 20, 2016

We are saddened to announce the death of George Henry Kastendike IV, which occurred the morning of January 20th 2016 at his home in Chestertown, Maryland, after a battle with brain cancer.

George was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1946 and was an avid outdoorsman, insurance industry professional who loved his family, community and the water.

He is survived by his wife, Suzzanne, three children, George V, Gregory, and Kristin, five grandchildren, Samuel, Charles, Andrew, George VI, Olivier as well as two siblings; a brother, Graham Kastendike and a sister, Scottie Williams.

In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations in dedication of George H. Kastendike IV. Please designate donations to: Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, M.D. Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory CRB II 1550 Orleans Street. Rm. 247 Baltimore MD 21231.

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Shotgun Raffle Winners!

Here are the winners of our latest shotgun raffle:

1st place Larry Tribbitt Jr
2nd place Ed Schafer

Project Chair Lion Fred Sherriff and Acting King Lion Ken Roderick draw the winning tickets.

Project Chair Lion Fred Sherriff (left) and Acting King Lion Ken Roderick draw the winning tickets.

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