Kiddies, Costumes, and Candy!

Saturday, October 20, 2018 the Middletown Lions Club once again participated in the Middletown Parks and Recreation Department's Halloween on Main Street from 12 to 4pm. We had a table on the south green near all of the excitement.

The Main Stage was directly across from us. The "bouncy houses" were to our left, and a petting zoo was nearby. There were many contests for the children, a singing and dancing group, and a magician later in the afternoon.

Five of our members were present at this event: President, Howard Geltman, Secretary, Terri Geltman, Treasurer, Richard Pelletier, Lion Tamer, Sandra Reynolds, and Lion Tammy Heckstall.

The children along with the adults were very happy with all of the candy, pencils, and other items we gave out. We gave out approximately 400 pieces of candy. The candy that we had left over would be given to the Middletown Senior Center for them to enjoy.

District Visitation

At our October 16, 2018 Monthly Dinner Meeting we had a visitation by our District 23C Governor, Laura Rowe, 2nd Vice District Governor, Frank Rowe, Region Chair, Michele Wyatt, and Zone Chair, Allen Guiot at our new meeting location, the Athenian Diner (see Further down in the section, 'Meeting Place'.

 

The photo to the left is of President, Howard Geltman introducing Zone Chair, Allen Guiot.

 

The photo to the right is of Zone Chair, Allen Guiot introducing Region Chair, Michele Wyatt.

 

The photo to the left is of Region Chair, Michele Wyatt introducing District 23C Governor, Laura Rowe.

 

The photo to the right is of District 23C Governor, Laura Rowe speaking to the members of the Middletown Lions Club and guests.

 

District Govenor, Laura spoke to the club members on many subjects including: hunger, humanitarian relief for victoms of hurricane Michael in Florida, and more. Her mission is, 'Teach Peace'.

 

The photo to the left is of District Governor, Laura Rowe presenting her banner to President, Howard Geltman.

 

The photo to the right is of District Governor, Laura Rowe presenting her friendship pin to President, Howard Geltman.

 

The photo to the left is of President, Howard presenting a special gift from the club to District Governor, Laura.

 

The photo to the right is of District Governor, Laura opening her gift with President, Howard looking on.

 

The photo to the left is of District Governor, Laura showing her gift to everyone which was a beautiful bronze lion statuette as President, Howard watches on.

 

We thank 2nd Vice District Governor, Frank Rowe for taking all of the pictures that evening.

White Cane Safety Day

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, the Middletown Lions Club held a White Cane Safety Day outside the Stop & Shop in Middletown. Actually, White Cane Safety Day is on October 15 each year.

Members of our club handed out our flyers: 'Telling It Like It Is' which tells people about the many things that our club has accomplished, 'White Cane Safety Day' a handout that explains the Connecticut State law protecting people with legal or total blindness, and our clubs membership application.

 

 

The photo above shows 1st Vice President, Marty Knight, Lion Tina Ciarciello, Treasurer, Richard Pelletier, Immediate Past District Governor, Hilary Kumnick, President, Howard Geltman, Region Chair, Michele Wyatt, District Governor, Laura Rowe, Zone Chair, Terri Schlosser, and Zone Chair, Allen Guiot.

We also used this event to sell our candy bars which is one of our ongoing fundraising activities.

We also held a membership drive at this event with the assistance of Zone Chair, Allen Guiot, Zone Chair, Terri Schlosser, Region Chair, Michele Wyatt, Past District Governor, Hilary Kumnick, and District Governor, Laura Rowe.

Screening for Sight

On Saturday, October, 6, 2018 the Middletown Lions Club participated at the South District Firehouse Open House performing Adult Eye Screenings. We also sold candy bars as part of our ongoing fundraising projects.

 

 

The photo above shows Treasurer, Richard Pelletier performing an eye screening on our Lion Tamer, Sandra Reynolds.

Members that assisted at this event were: President, Howard Geltman, Secretary, Terri Geltman, Treasurer, Richard Pelletier, Membership Chair, Ellie Paules, Lion Tamer, Sandra Reynolds, and Lion Audrey Klein.

Members of our club that attended were: President, Howard Geltman, 1st Vice President, Marty Knight, Secretary, Terri Geltman, Treasurer, Richard Pelletier, Lion Tamer, Sandra Reynolds, Lion Audrey Klein, and Lion Tammy Heckstall.

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 came in.

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

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, Richard Pelletier, and Membership Chair, Ellie Paules.

Martin Knight who is now our 1st Vice President was asked to assist in the formation of the 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 receiving his new Lions Pin from Region Chair, Michele Wyatt.

 

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

 

The photo above is of Portland Lions Club President, James Tripp receiving his new Clubs Charter from District 23C Governor, Laura Rowe.

 

The photo to the right is of Middletown Lions Club President, Howard Geltman presenting Portland Lions Club 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 in the Portland Lions Club.

45 Year Lion Benched!

Gee, you'd think it would only happen in sports that someone would get benched. 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 welcoming everyone and 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 and introducing Mayor Dan Drew.

 

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 introduced District 23C Governor, Laura Rowe. She spoke about what Marty meant to Lions.

 

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 is what it says, "This bench is in honor of Martin 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. Congratulations Marty.

More New Members

The Middletown Lions Club inducted two new members on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Tina Ciarciello of Wethersfield and Audrey Klein of Haddam proudly joined the ranks of our club.

 

The photo to the left is of President, Howard Geltman inducting Tina Ciarciello (left), Audrey Klein (middle) while Audrey's sponsor Ellie Paules proudly stood by (right).

 

The photo to the right is of Lion Tamer, Sandra Reynolds assisting in pinning Tina Ciarciello with her Lions Pin.

 

The photo to the left is of Audrey Klein (left) being pinned by her sponsor Ellie Paules (right).

 

The photo above (from left to right) is of President, Howard Geltman (Tina's Sponsor), Tina Ciarciello, Audrey Klein, and Membership Chair, Ellie Paules (Audrey's Sponsor.

Congratulations Tina and Audrey and welcome to the Middletown Lions Club.

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
860-347-9377

Palmer Eyecare Center, LLc
Dr. Jeffrey Palmer
282 Main Street Extension
Middletown, CT 06457
860-346-2020

We thank you for your kind donations.

Meeting Place

Athenian Diner Restaurant
864 Washington St. (Rt. 66)
Middletown, CT 06457
(860)346-2272

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 Diner logo and information along ith the Gold and dark blue Lions Logo