Our Members


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President/LCIF Coordinator, Martin G. 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, 1976. From 1973-2001, Marty was a member of the Advisory Board for the Lions Gallery of the Senses at the Wadsworth Athenaeum. From 2002 to the present, he has been President of the Middletown Lions Club three different times, and Zone Chairman from 2003-2007. Marty is a Lions Club International Foundation Melvin Jones Fellow, and a Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation Knight of the Blind.

Marty was a Darkroom Technician for Middlesex Hospital from 1974–2008, and in 2004, he was the First Runner-up for the Frank R. Corocoran Employee Recognition Award.

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1st Vice President, Elderrean Paules

Elderrean “Ellie” Paules has been in the Lions organization for thirty years. Twenty years was spent serving the Pennsylvania community. In 2007, moved to the Middletown area and became a member of the Middletown Lions Club.

“I got very interested in the Lions when the Lions of Pennsylvania sponsored me for my first guide dog”, she said.

Ellie has held the positions of 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President, and President of the Middletown Lions Club. She plans on being a Lion for many years to come.

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2nd Vice President, Helen Shramek

Helen was born in Stamford, Connecticut and went to the Oak Hill School for the blind. She graduated from Weaver High School, in Hartford, and then attended the University of Bridgeport.

Helen married and had three children, and now has three beautiful grandchildren.

In 2006 Helen was introduced to the Business Employment Program and was given the opportunity to manage the food service at Middlesex Community College, and has been there for the past eleven years.

Helen was encouraged to join the Middletown Lions Club by 1st Vice President, Elderrean Paules.

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Secretary, Howard Geltman

Howard Geltman graduated from the University of New Haven in 1977, and worked in Connecticut and New York radio until 1983.

He went on to further education in Systems Development, and worked for a major hospital in Boston as a Systems Analyst.

Howard went on to further education in the culinary field and managed both institutional and commercial kitchens until 1994.

in 2010, Howard was appointed as a member of the Wethersfield Advisory Council for People with Physical Disabilities (WACPD), and served three terms until 2012.

Howard has been both club Secretary and Treasurer for three years, and Publicity Chair for two years. He is the developer for the Middletown Lions Club website, and is also the webmaster.

Photo of Treasurer, Richard Pelletier

Treasurer, Richard Pelletier

Richard Pelletier has lived in Middletown all of his life, and attended local schools.

He worked at different occupations growing up from a Friendly’s worker to working at Raymond Engineering. In 1987 Richard started working for the State of Connecticut, and retired in 2016.

In 1990 Richard started his journey in to politics. He was on several building committees, but his most rewarding experience was watching Middletown High School be built and overseeing the handicap facilities at the high school.

Richard was Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer for Matt Lesser during his campaigns for State Representative. He has been on the Planning and Zoning Committee for over 8 years and chaired the committee for a year.

Richard was one of the founders of The Spiritualist Church of Love and Light, which he attended and was Treasurer for 6 years.

“In 2016 I decided to join the Middletown Lions Club because I could be of service and help out an organization that helps people in so many different ways”, Richard said.

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Membership Chair, Sandra Reynolds

Sandra Reynolds has been a lion for 15 years. "I feel like I've been a lion since I was 5 years old", Sandra said.

Lions bought Sandra her first pair of eyeglasses at the age of 5. At that early age she was legally blind. The eyeglasses helped her a lot.

In later years, Sandra had cataracts removed and new prescription lenses implanted to correct her vision to normal.

Sandra has held the positions of club Secretary and Membership Chair, and has work hard on many club projects including fundraising.

Photo of Tail Twister, Debra Royce

Tail Twister, Debra Royce

Debra Royce was first introduced to the Lions Club in 2001 when she drove her mother, Helen Shramek, and uncle to the Cheshire Lions Club Dinner Dance.

“I was very impressed about how the Lions cared about others”, she said.

Lion Helen Shramek asked her to join the Middletown Lions Club in 2016. Debra has been involved with club fundraising and enjoys it very much.

Debra is a nurse.

Photo of Lion Tamer, Brendon Cameron

Lion Tamer, Brendon Cameron

This will be the first time in many years that our club will have a Lion Tamer. Brendon should enjoy this position.

Board Members

Photo of Board Member, Janette Cameron

Janette Cameron

Janette has been a member of our club for a year now. She has been the charge person for many of our fundraising efforts. Jan seems to like what she does and is very instrumental in many other things.

Photo of Board Member, Terri Geltman

Terri Geltman

Terri Geltman has been involved in different service organizations in the past. She was involved in Big Brothers & Sisters in Massachusetts along with volunteering for Muscular Dystrophy. She was the first female Lion in Massachusetts and has been a member of our club for over three and a half years. She has volunteered her services for many different community events that our club participates in. “Something tells me that I will be doing this and a lot more”, she said.

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