As we prepare for the holiday season, there are two groups we can truly help:
1. Robyn Moore, Executive Director, Kent County Christmas Basket Committee, has asked if we can provide needed holiday gifts for Kent county youth. She really needs gift cards (McDonald’s, Arby’s, Walgreen’s, and Dominoes in $10.00 size denominations) and typical art supplies (pens, pencils, art paper, markers, and scissors). If you can bring your gift donations to the Dinner Meeting on December 12, KL Dave will deliver them to the Worton Community Center. These gifts should not be wrapped.
2. 2VDG Wayne Benjamin advises that as Christmas is rapidly approaching and I think of those less fortunate than myself. I am a board member at the Humane Society and I know many of the fifteen hard working dedicated individuals who work at our local animal shelter. Their salaries are certainly not a reason for working there! They love the animals that we call ‘man’s best friend’. I would like to appeal to the Lions Club membership to reach a little deeper into their pockets this Christmas and see if they could give a few dollars to these young men and women this Christmas as a bonus and our “thank you”. If there are those out there who prefer a check, it may be made out to Humane Society of Kent County. I am only asking for a few dollars but obviously more is always better. I would like to put a pail on the table at our Christmas Party for donations. Will be appreciated by all.
For a Happy Holiday Season.
A really big thank-you goes out to Lion Bob Knapp, Parade Coordinator, and his entire parade team for an excellent job in conducting a very successful Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 28th. As it turns out, it was the correct decision to move the parade to Sunday, a much more suitable day finally for a parade! I know the team members who got the contestants signed-up and lined-up; got them underway on time; walked the parade route with the group signs; announced contestants at the viewing stand, and acted as judges all deserve much credit for a successful parade. I think the community really appreciates what we do as is evident by the enthusiasm they show all along the parade route.
Again, many thanks to all for a job well done.
I really appreciate the outstanding member turnout last night for District Governor Wayne Cole’s visit. It turned out to be a great evening of fellowship with 16 members visiting from Rock Hall, 6 members from Chesapeake City and a number of members’ guests attending.
Since there was so much going on last night, I wanted to get a reminder out to you so you can mark your calendars for these important Lion events.
Reminders for Upcoming Lions Events:
- The Chestertown Halloween Parade will be held on Saturday, October 27 weather permitting. The rain date is set for Sunday. Check the website: chestertownlions.org for any day/time changes.
- Betterton-Still Pond Lions Club Horse Races will be held on Saturday, November 3 at the Betterton Fire House. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Food is free with a $10.00 entry fee. A number of Chestertown Lions members are attending, so join us for the fun.
- The Annual LVRF Dinner will be held at the Granary Restaurant, Saturday, November 10. The social starts at 6:30 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm. Let’s get out and support this important Lions program. Let Lion Rick Wells (email wellscpa [at] atlanticbb [dot] net) know if you’re interested in attending along with your dinner choice.
- The next Lions Club member dinner meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 14, at CRY&CC with the social starting at 5:30 pm. Come out and hear an update on the Washington College’s Boat House.
- 5.Roundup 2018, MD 22, a tour of the Low Vision Center with lunch provided will be held at John Hopkins on Saturday, November 17. Let KL Dave (email: dbdunham [at] aol [dot] com) know if you are interested in attending. If we have enough member interest, we may try to get a van to take us over to Johns Hopkins.
First, I want to thank Lion Rick Coffman, Chair, and Lion Ken Roderick, Vice Chair, for running a very successful Fall Barbecue on such a beautiful fall day. The entire team is to be commended for a job well done. From those team members who got there really early to set-up to those who stayed late to sell and clean-up, what teamwork they all exhibited. Everybody who was there, Team Captains and Team Members, just seemed to chip-in and get the job done to make the event a real success. I’m not sure how many chickens were sold by day’s end, but there couldn’t have been to many left-over?
Again, many thanks to all of you for a job well done.
Similar to last year, I’m implementing a “Buddy Team” concept to promote travel to meetings and events together, member socialization, and just general member support. I am requesting team leads (highlighted in bold) to provide encouragement to fellow Lion team members to attend meeting and events.
As we start the new year, I wanted to distribute the Goals for 2018-19 which were developed to guide the Club in the coming year. I actually covered these Goals briefly at the Installation Dinner meeting in June. As you’ll see, they are really not earth shattering in nature, but address our continuing support of our service projects; continue to increase membership and focus on member retention; list service committee/event leadership assignments; update the “Buddy System;” and conduct a member orientation/mentoring program for all our new members.
Also, I really appreciate Club members stepping up to fill the service committee/event Chair positions. This year to ensure all members have an opportunity to serve in a leadership position, I have created a Vice Chair position for most committees/events.
As a reminder, our next dinner meeting will be on Wednesday, September 12, at the Chester River Yacht and Country Club. Our guest dinner speaker will be Dr. Shanahan. Since he will be speaking on a health-related topic, we have designated this meeting as” health worker guest” night. So, if you have a friend or neighbor who is a doctor, nurse, physical therapist, or sports trainer and they are really interested in being a Lion and serving the community, please consider bringing them to the meeting.
The attached file is the master schedule for the Chestertown Lions Club for 2018 – 2019. If you see anything that does not appear to be correct please contact me. Please note the first board meeting (covering our budget) is on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 7 pm at CRYCC – Basement meeting room.
Glenn Owens, Secretary
Chestertown Lions Club