Past Events 2018-2019 #1

January 26, 2019

 

Melven Jones Fellowship Banquet

On Saturday, January 26 the Melvin Jones Fellowship Awards Banquet was held at St. Clemon's Castle in Portland, CT.

This year's MJF Banquet included many Lions Clubs from all three Districts of Multiple-District 23 which includes District 23-A (Fairfield and New Haven Counties), District 23-B. (Litchfield and Hartford Counties), and District 23-C (Tolland, Windham, Middlesex, and New London counties).

It was amazing to see so many Lions receiving these awards.

What made this years Melvin Jones Awards Banquet so special was that three members of the Middletown Lions Club were honored.

 

The photo to the left is of Membership Chair, Ellie Paules receiving her Melvin Jones plaque from Past International President, Jimmy Ross while International Director, Mark Lyon waited to pin her.

 

The photo to the right is of 1st Vice Presdent, Martin Knight happily standing with District 23C Governor Laura Rowe after receiving his double-Progressive Melvin Jones pin.

 

The photo to the left is of President, Howard Geltman receiving his Melvin Jones pin from International Director, Mark Lyon as Past International President, Jimmy Ross looks on.

 

The photo to the right is of President, Howard Geltman and club Secretary, Terri Geltman receiving a 90 year patch for thte club from District Governor, Laura Rowe.

 

 

 

January 25, 2019

 

Middletown Lions 90th Gala

On Friday evening, January 25th the Middletown Lions Club celebrated in style at the Inn At Middletown. We celebrated our 90th Anniversary with a great Gala.

Almost six months of planning and hard work with assistance from a bunch of wonderful friends made the evening so sweet. We had sixty-one guests that evening who all agreed it was a blast!

We had a round head table which included: our District Governor, Laura Rowe, and husband 2nd Vice District Governor, Frank Rowe, Past International President Jimmy Ross and his wife Velda, International Director, Mark Lyon and his wife Lynn, Council Chair, Hilary Kumnick and his wife Laurie, and President of the Middletown Lions Club, Howard Geltman and his better half, Terri who is our club Secretary.

As club President I welcomed everyone to our celebration. I then turned the program over to our Master of Ceremonies, 2nd VDG, Frank.

The photo to the left is of President, Howard Geltman welcoming everyone to the Middletown Lions Club 90th Gala.

 

The photo to the right is of Past International President, Jimmy Ross giving his keynote speech. Jimmy moved throughout the room as if he were talking to each guest individually.

 

The photo to the left is of President, Howard Geltman shaking hands with Jimmy Ross after presenting him with a beautiful Cross pen after his keynote speech.

 

The photo above is of the beautiful 90th Gala cake before it was cut.

 

The photo to the right is of (from left to right): International Director, Mark Lyon, Past International President, Jimmy Ross, District Governor 23C, Laura Rowe, Middletown Lions Club President, Howard Geltman, and District 23C Council Chair, Hilary Kumnick.

 

prior to the start of the evening's program guests could purchase tickets for our tea-cup raffle. Many wonderful donors provided raffle items for the evening. Below is a sample of all raffle items that evening.

 

The photo to the right is of the Steve Polezonis Trio. They honored us by playing during the social hour and of the playing of America during our 4-point opening.

 

 

October 20, 2018

 

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.

 

October 16, 2018

 

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.

 

October 13, 2018

 

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.

 

October 6, 2018

 

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.

 

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