Middletown Lions Sponsor New Club

On Thursday evening, September 27, 2018 the Portland Lions Club held its Charter Night. To those of you who may not be Lions a Chartering of a new Lions Club is something so very special.

I guess you might say a new Lions Club was born that evening. It takes twenty members to form a new Lions Club. The Portland Lions Club has twenty-eight. It also takes another Lions Club to sponsor a new club. That is where the Middletown Lions Club ames in.

The Middletown Lions club was asked if we wished to sponsor a newLions Club in Portland and our vote was unanimus!

Members from the Middletown Lions Club that attended the Portland Charter Night were: President, Howard Geltman, 1st Vice President, Martin Knight, Secretary, Terri Geltman, Treasurer, Richart Pelletier, and Membership Chair, Elderrean Paules.

Martin Knight who is now our 1st Vice President was asked to assist in the formation Portland Lions Club this past June while he was our club's President by our Past District Governor, Hilary Kumnick because of his vast knowledge of everything to do with "Lionism".

At the Charter Night there were so many Lions there from many different Lions Clubs to shower this new club with good wishes. Firstly, all of the new incoming members were "Inducted" as new Lions. Then, the new officers were "Installed" into their new positions within the club.

The photo to the left is of new Portland Lion Mark Tripp receiing his new Lions Pin from Region Chair, Michele Wyatt.


The photo to the right is of new Portland LionJames Tripp taking his oath of office as President of the Portland Lions Club from District 23C Governor, Laura Rowe.


The photo to above is of Portland Lions Club President, James Tripp receiing his new Clu'b Charter from District 23C Governor, Laura Rowe.


The photo to the right is of Middletown Lions Club President, Howard Geltman presenting Portland Lions Club's President, James Tripp with his new gavel.


The photo to the left is of Middletown Lions Club 1st Vice President, Martin Knight presenting the Portland Lions Club's President, James Tripp with their clubs new bell.


it was such a wonderful and memorable evening. Congratulations to our friends and neighbors at the Portland Lions Club.

45 Year Lion Benched!

Gee, you'd think it would only happen in sports. But you are dead wrong in this case. The Middletown Lions Club has a proud heritage and some very special lions.

I am so very proud to be writing this article about a special lion and one of my childhood friends Martin George"Marty"Knight. Marty was sponsored into the Winsted Lions Club by Past District Governor, Milan "Mike" Knight on October 11, 1972. He then transferred into the Middletown Lions Club in September of 1976. He has been a Lion for almost forty-six years.

On Thursday morning, September 27th the City of Middletown provided a beautiful bench and the Middletown Lions Club had the plaque made and placed on the bench. The bench sits on the Middletown South Green directly across from the South Congregational Church and the YMCA.

The President of the Middletown Lions Club, Howard Geltman started the ceremony off by introducing his honorable Mayor, Dan Drew who spoke about what Marty had meant to the Middletown community for a bit.


The photo to the left is of Middletown President, Howard Geltman welcoming everyone to Marty's Bench Dedication Ceremony.


The photo to the right is of his honorable Mayor, Dan Drew speaking to the attendees at Marty's bench dedication.


The photo to the left is of his honorable Mayor, Dan Drew shaking hands with Marty.


President Howard introducted District Governor, Laura Rowe of District 23C. She spoke about what Marty meant to Lions. She presented him with a few special Lions pins and was so very proud of him.


The photo to the right is of District Governor, Laura Rowe presenting Marty with a few special pins.



just in case you cannot make out the text on the bench plaque (pictured above) here it is, "This bench is in honor of Margin George "Marty" Knight for his dedicated service to the Middletown Lions Club and the Middletown community."

We all were so very proud of our friend and brother Marty. I counted about thirty-five people present for Marty's Bench dedication. What a wonderful turnout for a great person and wonderful Lion.


The photo to the right is of two childhood friends and Lions Howard Geltman and Marty Knight giving each other a great hug.

What a wonderful honor for a great Lion and friend. Clngratulations Marty.

the image above is of the Lions Recycle for Sight color logo

Recycle Unwanted Eyeglasses

The Middletown Lions Club maintains two eyeglasses collection containers where you can donate unwanted used eyeglasses to be recycled. They are:


Connecticut Eye Phsycians, PC
Dr. Thomas Beggins, MD
535 Saybrook Road
Middletown, CT 06457

Palmer Eyecare Center, LLc
Dr. Jeffrey Palmer
282 Main Street Extension
Middletown, CT 06457

We thank you for your kind donations.

Meeting Place

Athenian Diner Restaurant
864 Washington St. (Rt. 66)
Middletown, CT 06457

Meeting Time

3rd Tuesday of the month
Meeting starts at 6:30pm.
Members should arrive by 6:20pm
to place their meal orders.

Together Serving the Middletown Community

Image of the Athenian Restaurant outdoor sign along with the Gold and dark blue Lions Logo