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November 4, 2017


Calling All Delegates!

Members of the Middletown Lions Club hosted a “welcoming” table at the District 23 Special Convention at the Woodrow Wilson Middle School on Saturday, November 4, 2017. President Marty Knight and Treasurer Richard Pelletier were delegate and alternate delegate respectively.

The convention was called to order by PCC Ken Tucker from the Montville Mohegan-Pequot Lions Club. It was to select the nominee for International Director for the New England area who will then go to the 101st International Convention in Las Vegas from June 29 through July 3rd. The two candidates running for this position were: PCC Mark Lyons from the Brookfield Lions Club in District 23A, and PCC Sia Dowlatshahi from the South Windsor Lions Club, District 23B.

The photo above is of International Director candidates for New England PCC Mark Lyons and PCC Sia Dowlatshahi.

The photo above shows delegates from all over District 23 casting their ballots for nominee as International Director to represent New England.


The photo to the left is of PCC Mark Lyons with his wife Lion Lyn accepting the nomination as International Director for New England.


The photo to the right is of President Marty Knight presenting International Director nominee PCC Mark Lyons with an orchid plant for winning the District 23 nomination for New England.


The photo to the left is of President Marty Knight presenting PCC Sia Dowlatshahi with a beautiful plant for being runner-up.


The photo above is of Members of the Middletown Lions Club welcoming delegates to the Special Convention. (first row - left to right)1st Vice President Ellie Paules, President Marty Knight, and Secretary Howard Geltman. Standing behind them (left to right) were Guiding Lion Summer Lerch, George FInlayson (a delegate in the background), and Board Member Terri Geltman.

Octover 20, 2017



Training for Leaders

A Multiple District 23 Regional Lions Leadership Training Institute was held at the St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The RLLTI was held from Friday, October, 20 through Sunday the 22nd. Members from the following Lions Clubs were present: Bloomfield, Bristol, Canton, East Hampton, Greenwich, Ledyard, Milford, Middletown, New Fairfield, Seymour, Terryville, Watertown, and Windsor.

Lions Terri Geltman, and her husband club Secretary Howard Geltman both attended, representing the Middletown Lions Club.

Right from the get-go, instructors from the RLLTI opening session’s objectives covered: Identifying significant events in LCI History, Applying the Lions Mission Statement, Code of Ethics and purposes, recognizing the structure of the association, and the benefits of Lions membership.

That first evening, many of the attendees started to share stories about themselves and their clubs, talk and work together (network), and most importantly make new friends.

The Photo above is of participants at the RLLTI

Saturday brought everyone together once again to learn about: Public Speaking, having Effective Meetings, Goal Setting, Member Motivation, Diversity, and preparing for our Individual Speeches.

Our Saturday evening session culminated with each of us picking an unknown topic from a container. Once we all picked our papers we each discovered our topic for the individual speeches for Sunday. “I selected, “Why should we continue to support the Lions Club International Foundation”, Howard said. Terri had to speak on why women should become Lions.

The Seminary provided us with internet access so each of us could prepare for our five-minute speeches to be presented on Sunday afternoon. Many of us worked into the late evening looking up information, outlining our thoughts, and writing and re-writing our speeches to make them as informative and interesting as possible.

On Sunday, we learned about Time Management and Working in Teams. Sunday afternoon we were broken into three groups in different rooms for our individual speeches. In our room we had three special guests: 1st Vice District 23C Governor Laura Rowe, 2nd Vice District 23C Governor Diana Grise, and PDG Collette Anderson from District 23A.

Before the Regional Lions Leadership Training Institute was concluded, we all were presented with our Certificates of Completion.

Many of us had knowledge on most of these topics of discussion, but by the end of this weekend we all left knowing much more. “I came to the RLLTI knowing something, but left knowing so much more. I loved it.”, Howard said.

The photo to the left is of 1st Vice District 23C Governor Laura Rowe presenting Terri Geltman with her Completion Certificate.


The photo to the right is of 1st Vice District 23C Governor Laura Rowe presenting Howard Geltman with his Completion Certificate.

October 14, 2017


Goodies for Kiddies

The annual Halloween on Main Street was held at the green in Middletown on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 11am until 3pm. Children of all ages donned their costumes. Dressed as ghouls, goblins, everything and anything, children of all ages enjoyed activities and events – and most importantly the candy!

Once again the Middletown Lions Club was there to hand out candy and join in the fun. Members of the club gave out more than 400 pieces of candy to trick or treaters of all ages.

The photo below shows members of the Middletown Lions Club: Treasurer Richard Pelletier, Membership Chair Sandra Reynolds, and 1st Vice President Elderrean Paules set up and ready to go.


Dressed in her pumpkin costume, our 1st Vice President Elderrean Paules is all set for the spirit of Halloween, and maybe a nice piece of candy or two.

October 7, 2017


Screening for Vision

The Middletown Lions Club participated once again at an Open House at the South District Fire Station in Middletown on Saturday, October 7, 2017. 1st Vice President Elderrean “ellie” Paules, Treasurer, Richard Pelletier, and Membership Chair Sandra Reynolds were there to hand out club flyers, membership applications, answer questions, and most importantly perform eye screenings of adults.

Image of an adult receiving a computerized eye screening

The photo above is of an adult receiving a computerized eye screening.

June 20, 2017


Officer Installation

On Tuesday, June 20th, the Middletown Lions Club held its Installation of Officers which was conducted by District 23C Governor, George Salpiatro. What made this installation ceremony very special was that we now have a Tail Twister, and Lion Tamer. These two positions hadn't been filled for a number of years.

The photo to the left is of Elderrean Paules being installed as 1st Vice President.

The photo to the right is of Helen Shramek taking her oath of office as 2nd Vice President.

The photo to the left is of Sandra Reynolds being installed as Membership Chair once again.

The photo to the right is of Richard Pelletier taking his oath of office as club Treasurer.

The photo to the left is of Howard Geltman taking his oath of office as club Secretary.

The photo to the right is of Martin Knight being installed as club President for another term.

The photo to the left is of District 23C Governor, George Salpiatro conducting our Installation of Officers ceremony.


After the ceremony was completed District Governor, George Salpiatro told us about his exciting year as a District Governor. He had one last visitation to another club the next week to finish out his one-year term.

District Governor, George then talked to us about how special it was to be a Lion, and how wonderful it was for him to visit a club like ours, who just a year ago was down to four members. He then told us how our club had grown to eleven members; two members returning after a nine-month absense, and five new members joining the Middletown Lions Club during our previous year.

District Governor George told us that our club had that special drive within each of us. More than half of our members have visual and/or physical impairments that would stop some people in their tracks - but not us. He told us that our club was different because each of us had a motivation and willingness to serve others in our community. That is what made each of us a special Lion. "Each of you have that very special something within you to be a true Lion", he said.

When our meeting was adjourned many of us left with such a wonderful feeling inside. It was as if we were given a pep-talk like no other by a great coach - our outgoing District Governor.

DG George, we'll miss you. Now you can go home and have a year of home cooked meals.