Bay to Bay Ride Canceled

After much discussion and deliberation, the Chestertown Lions Club board and I have decided that we will CANCEL the Bay to Bay Bicycle Ride scheduled for Sunday, June 28, 2020, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the continued restrictions surrounding it.  Though activities are starting to begin again, we cannot support a public event at this time.

Our Draw for Sight and Bay to Bay Rides are a source of much-needed income to meet the needs of our community, and we will certainly be financially impacted by 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:

  • 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!

We hope to see you next year!

2021 Dates
Draw for Sight Poker Ride – April 25th
Bay to Bay Ride – June 27th

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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Lions Buddy Program

Fellow Lions,

As a follow up to my previous email I would like to suggest that now would be a good time to revisit our buddy program. During these unprecedented times of stay at home and concern for family, it is also a good time to stay in touch with your fellow Lion.

The buddy program was established to ensure the team leader (an officer or director) stay in touch with their buddy when they miss a dinner meeting or a service event. Given our current situation it may be a good idea to stay in contact with your buddies for personal health, and let them know they are a part of our family, and we care.

At our last dinner meeting we received and approved 4 new applications for membership. Since these new Lions have not been inducted I hope their sponsor will serve as their buddy for this program.

I have attached a copy of the 2019 – 2020 Buddy Program for your information.

Thanks
KL Rick

2019 - 2020 Buddy Teams
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Message from the King Lion of the Chestertown Lions Club

Greetings Lions,

I hope everyone is staying well during these trying times. Who would have guessed the last regular dinner meeting, March 11 at the Chester River Yacht and Country Club would be our last face to face meeting before we typically take a break for summer and resume in the fall. This appears to be the case unless Covid-19 trends improve and the State is allowed to open up and things return to normal.

Because we are Lions I hope we all look for individual opportunities to serve those less fortunate then ourselves, particular when so many are restricted to home and have needs without family to help. Many other families just need help with food or someone to talk with. As we do everything we can under the circumstances I wanted to update you regarding the Chestertown Lions Club.

First of all I just received notice that our own Lion Wayne Benjamin has been officially elected District Governor of District 22B. The next time you see Lion Wayne please congratulate him and let him know how proud we are of his willingness to serve. We know he will be a great District Governor.

Last evening your Lions Board of Directors met virtually by Zoom and FreeConferenceCall. Given the impact of stay at home restrictions and social distancing, the Board had to make some major decisions regarding fundraising events and how any shortfall in fundraising would impact the cash available to fund budgeted items that remains unfunded for the year which ends June 30, 2020

Unfortunately we decided to cancel the Bay to Bay Bike Ride scheduled for June 28, 2020. We all owe Lions Kitty and Bill Neff, Chair of these events, a big thank you for all of the work they did in preparation for the Ride for Sight and the Bay to Bay Bike Ride. We decided the uncertainty and possible restrictions surrounding the pandemic created a bigger risk to the Club than the benefits. As of this time we had received pre-registrations of 20 riders, typically by this time we would have been approaching 100. We will attempt to convert the registration fees into donations. The Bike Rides and sponsorship’s in connection with these rides were budgeted to provide $12,200 after expenses.

In connection with the Bike Rides Lion Dave Dunham and his committee had collected some $2,200 in sponsorship’s. The Board decided to run an ad in the Spy and Tidewater Trader to thank our sponsors and let them know their funds will support the community needs. Based upon this decision, income for the year will be down by approximately $10,000 or 40% of our annual budget.

As you know, the Comedy Night that had been scheduled for May 30, 2020 was also canceled, and as a result of the hard work by Dave Dunham advance ticket sales were converted to donations. As a result of this great job the Comedy Night generated close to what had been budgeted for the year.

As a result of this fundraising shortfall occurring so late in the year, and after many of our budgeted donations had already been disbursed, the Board had to make some tough decisions regarding future disbursements. Of the remaining budgeted items that remained to be funded, the Board addressed how they should be addressed and still end the year with sufficient funds for the next King Lion to start the year.

The remaining unpaid budget items considered for payment included the following:

Lions Club International Foundation $1,000

Lions 22B Charitable Foundation 800

Remaining Eye Glass Budget 1,100

Scholarships 2,500

Before the Board considered the unpaid budgeted items, Lion Michael Moore, Chair of the Scholarship Committee, reported that he and his committee received and reviewed some 14 applications for scholarships. He reported the applicants were quite impressive, and the decision was difficult. He provided the Board a list of the top 6 candidates ranked from 1 to 6.

After some discussion the Board decided to fund the following:

Lions Club International Foundation $ 300

Lions 22B Charitable Foundation 300

Remaining Eye Glass Budget 1,100 if needed

Scholarships**** (Top 3) 1,500

**** This includes $500 and $120 in restricted contributions for Scholarships

I want to thank the Board for their thoughtful deliberations regarding governance of the Chestertown Lions Club during this time of the coronavirus.

The Board will be meeting again on Wednesday, June 17th by Zoom. If the stay at home restrictions are still in place or something similar I will be inviting the entire membership to join our meeting. We will discuss the status of our summer socials and the timing of the official installation of new officers. Zoom is the next best thing to having an in person meeting, I hope you will try it. If you would like help with Zoom please let me know.

Finally, stay safe and healthy and serve when you can.

KL Rick

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April Newsletter

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Chestertown Lions Club Comedy Night Cancellation

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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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