Halloween Drive-By

The Middletown Department of Recreation and Youth Services held a Halloween drive-by candy give-a-way at Crystal Lake this year due to COVID-19. The event is normally held on the Middletown Green.

The Middletown Lions Club participated in this event as it has on the Middletown Green. The candy drive-by was from 11am until 3pm or until candy ran out.

Middletown lions Richard Pelletier, Marty Knight and Tammy Heckstall put 135 bags of candy together earlier in the week. Club President Ellie Paules put together 75 bags of candy as well.

The day of the event Middletown lions Tammy Heckstall accompanied by her guide dog, Olive and her husband Lee Heckstall, Audrey Klein and her friend Sue Bright (a prospective lion), Sandra Reynolds and Debra Royce all participated in giving candy out to the children.

Additional candy had to be purchased during the event. About 300 bags of candy were given out to many happy trick or treaters.


The photo above is of (from left to right) Debra Royce dressed up as a bottle of ketchup, Tammy Heckstall and her guide dog, Olive dressed up as butterflys, and Jeanna Pellino.


District Governor Visitation / Member Induction

On Tuesday evening October 20, 2020 the Middletown Lions Club was honored by a visitation from District 23C Governor, Frank Rowe, his wife Past District Governor (PDG), Laura Rowe, Region Chair, Maryjane Malavasi and Zone Chair, Howard Geltman.

We had a full house for this visitation because DG Frank would also be inducting our two newest members Jacque Contreras and Lee Heckstall prior to him speaking to our club.


The photo to the left is of proud sponsor and wife Tammy Heckstall looking on as her husband Lee was being inducted as a lion.


The photo to the right is of proud sponsor Helen Shramek looking on as Jacque Contreras was being inducted as a lion.


After District Governor, Frank finished with the induction of our two new members he then talked to the club and guests.


The photo to the left is of club President, Ellie Paules presenting DG Frank with a bronze lion statue as a gift from our members.


We thank District Governor, Frank for such an inspiring talk and we congradulate our two newest members Jacque and Lee.


Eyeglass Extravaganza

District 23C’s 9th Annual Eyeglass Extravaganza was held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 outside the Lebanon Senior Center, 37R West Town Street, Lebanon, CT.

Second Vice District Governor, Sue Fisher was the coordinator for this event along with Global Membership Team Coordinator, Ken Tucker. with many lions assisting including Terri and Howard Geltman from the Middletown Lions Club. They were the official eyeglasses counters.

In fact, Second Vice District Governor (VDG), Sue called them the “Count and Countess of eyeglasses". Both Terri and Howard have done this for the past three years and is one of their favorite events to participate in.

Many clubs had eyeglasses sorted and packaged but Terri and Howard sorted and counted about 5,000 pairs of eyeglasses at the event this year.


The photo above is of Terri and Howard Geltman sorting and counting eyeglases. The eyeglasses were sorted into readers, sunglasses, and prescription eyeglasses.


The photo above is of Terri and Howard with all of the tally sheets of all eyeglasses counted.

This year over 25,000 pairs of eyeglasses were sorted, counted, and packaged. Over 190,000 pairs of eyeglasses have been collected, sorted, and packaged for recycling over the past nine years.

We thank all of the various lions clubs of eastern CT (Tolland, Middlesex, Windham, and New London counties) for collecting eyeglasses that will be clean, repaired and recycled throughout the world to people in need.


Induction of Members / Installation of Officers

On Tuesday, June 30, 2020 the Middletown Lions Club held its last meeting of the lions year (July 1st thru June 30th).

Our guests for the evening were District 23C Governor, Diana Grise and husband lion Donald (who was our photographer for the evening), Zone Chair, Maryjane Malavasi, Sarah Moore, Director of Philanthropy at Middlesex Hospital, and Kit McKenna RN, Diabetes Coordinator for the hospital.


The photo above is of Kit McKenna RN, Diabetes Coordinator at Middlesex Hospital (left), Sarah Moore, Director of Philanthropy at middlesex Hospital (center) receiving a check for $12,425 from District Governor, Diana Grise (right).


District Governor, Diana that evening would be performing her last two induction and installation ceremonies for her term.

District Governor, Diana performed the induction of Jeanna Pellino and Ada Spillane. They had become members in March but because of COVID-19, were not able to meet to formally induct them as lions into our club.


The photo to the left is of James Beyer (Ada's sponsor back left) and Lion Ada Spillane (back right). Howard Geltman (Jeanna's sponsor front left), Lion Jeanna Pellino (front middle), and District Governor, Diana (front right).


Howard spoke to the club for a few minutes about his two years as club President and what it meant to him. He thanked all of the members for working so hard as a team for the past two years. He told the club of all its service activity achievements during this past year.

DG, Diana then installed all of the officers for 2020-2021. Because of the needed social distancing, no photos of each member being installed were taken.

After the installation ceremony, Immediate Past President, Howard transferred the bell and gavel to President, Ellie Paules and wished her much success for the next year.


The photo to the right is of new club President, Ellie Paules receiving the bell and gavel from Immediate Past President, Howard.


President Ellie said, “She did not know if she could fill Howard’s big shoes”, and then presented him with a gift from the club.



The photo to the left is of Immediate Past President, Howard holding a small statuette with BIG feet that was presented to him from the club.


Howard presented District Governor, Diana with a cross pen as a gift from the club for being a great District Governor for the past year and for conducting our induction of new members, as well as, the installation of officers.



The photo to the right is of DG, Diana (center) placing her pin on Immediate Past President, Howard (left), and Zone Chair, Maryjane Malavasi (right) looking on.


The photo to the left is of District Governor, Diana (left) presenting Immediate Past President, Howard (right) with the Club Excellence Award patch for the club banner.


After waiting since March to finally have a club meeting in person which included an Induction of our two newest members Jeanna and Ada, and an Installation of Officers - the wait was worth it!

Congratulations to our newest members and to our new officers for the next year.


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

Recycle Unwanted Eyeglasses

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


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

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

Tax Collectors Office
Municipal Building (City Hall)
245 Dekoven Drive
Middletown, CT 06457

Heritage Commons retirement Community
38 Boston Road
Middletown, CT 06457

Senior Center
61 Durant Terrace
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 Diner logo and information along ith the Gold and dark blue Lions Logo