April 20,, 2021
Middletown Inducts Newest Member
On Tuesday evening April 20, 2021 the Middletown Lions Club finally met in person once again at the Athenian Diner in Middletown. This was to be a very special evening.
We had three special guests that evening: 2nd Vice District Governor 23B (VDG) , Dave Roberts and Jackie Martin from the Barkhamsted Lions Club, and Past District Governor (PDG), Mary Krogh of the East Hampton Lions Club.
PDG Mary had called Zone Chairperson, Howard Geltman who was also First Vice President of the Middletown Lions Club earlier in March, and told him an incredible story about a young woman, Catie Yarlott who had gone through a major injury and many surgeries (with probably more to come) who came back from almost dying from those injuries. PDG Mary told Howard that Catie lived in Middletown with her twelve year old daughter Alexis and mother Ellen.
Howard called Catie and they talked for quite a while. Catie told him that she was very interested in helping others and wanted to become a member of the Middletown Lions Club. Howard told Catie that he would be very honored to become her sponsor.
A phone call was made by Howard to club President, Elderrean
Ellie Paules telling her about Catie and her enthusiasm for life and wanting to become a lion. He told Ellie about Catie's injuries and she too was excited about having Catie join our club.
Howard contacted each member and told them about Catie and all were very excited about having her join us.
Everything fell into place nicely. Catie's membership application was approved by the club in early March, and Howard had started her orientation prior to her induction. She had been placed on the roles of Lions Clubs International (LCI) just in case next year Catie wished to run for a club office. Catie's enthusiasm really made an impression on Howard. He also invited Catie's mother, sister, son, and daughter to be his guests for dinner that evening when she would be inducted as a lion.
At our dinner meeting at the Athenian, Catie brought her entire cheering section: her mother, Ellen, sister, Annie, son, Tyler, and daughter, Alexis to enjoy the evening having dinner with all of us and watching Catie being inducted as a lion by PDG Mary and having her sponsor, Howard standing proudly by her side.
During the Induction Ceremony many nice photos were taken by incoming club Tail Twister, Sandra Reynolds.
The photo in the center shows PDG Mary Krogh (left) inducting Catie, (Catie in the center listening intently to what PDG Mary was saying), and proud sponsor Howard (right) looking on.
The photo to the left is of Howard placing Catie's new lions pin on her shirt collar.
The photo to the right is of PDG Mary Krogh standing to the left side of Middletown's newest lion, Catie Yarlott holding her Certificate of Membership.
The photo above is of Catie and her two children: son Tyler to the left and daughter Alexisto the right of her mother.
After Catie was inducted, she was formally introduced to our members and guests by PDG Mary.
Just to let you know, Catie and her family have been close friends with PDG Mary and her husband lion Ted Krogh (not present that evening) for many years. It was a real honor for PDG Mary to be the person to induct Catie that evening.
Congratulations, Catie! Welcome aboard.