Past Events 2018-2019 #3
May 21, 2019
Earlier in the year I received an email from Cindee Tine of Middletown. It seems her 13 year old daughter, Emma Lemieux wanted to collect used eyeglasses for the Middletown Lions Club. That in itself was a wonderful thought. However, Cindee and Emma lived in Middletown and Emma went to the Independent Day School in Middlefield. It is not correct for any Lions Club in one town to perform an activity in another town where there is a Lions Club such as the Middlefield Lions Club.
As the President of the Middletown Lions Club I contacted President, Marc D'Amato of the Middlefield Lions Club and explained the situation to him. He thought this project that Emma wanted to undertake was a good one and gave us the green light for Emma to collect used eyeglasses for our club.
I contacted Emma's mother, Cindee and told her that we got permission for Emma to collect used eyeglasses at her school on behalf of the Middletown Lions Club. Now you have all of the background information.
Besides all of her school work and other committments in school and at home Emma collected 23 pairs of eyeglasses for our club. To some people that might not seem to be a lot of eyeglasses, but to all of the members of the Middletown Lions Club, that was WONDERFUL!
We included Emma's collected eyeglasses in our official count for the year which was 554 pairs.
At our April 16th monthly dinner meeting I proposed to our club that we honor Emma for the great work that she had done on behalf of our club. Emma, her mother, Cindee Tine, and her father, Troy Lemieux were invited to our May 21st monthly dinner meeting so we could meet Emma and her family and properly honor her.
Emma and her parents came to our May 21st monthly dinner meeting and we bought them all dinner on us, and devoted our "New Business" to honoring Emma. While everyone was finishing up their dinners I had gotten up and picked up a beautifully framed certificate that I was going to present to Emma. In my sports jacket pocket I had another gift for her.
I had Emma and her family stand while I made the presentations. I first presented Emma with the framed certificate. Everyone could tell how proud she was to receive it. Her parents looked on with great joy as well. I told Emma that many young teenagers seem not to have time to help others and that Emma should be very proud of herself for what she had done. Everyone in the club applauded Emma and her hard work. I then told Emma that I was presenting her with a special gift that we normally present to visiting District Governors. I presented her with a bronze lion statue. Emma looked delighted and so were her mother and father. In fact the entire club again broke out with more applause because we were all delighted.
The photo to the left is of Cindee Tine (Emma's Mother, Emma Lemieux receiving her certificate from club president, Howard Geltman, and Emma's Father, Troy Lemieux looking on
After the presentations to Emma I sat down and gave her the floor to tell all of our members more about herself. When Emma was done all of us gave Emma a big round of applause once again.
It was clear to everyone that evening that Emma Lemieux was a very bright student with many interests. It was also so very evident that she would have a great future ahead of her.