1st December 2014 Newsletter

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

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Our next meeting will be our annual Christmas Celebration. Lion Eric has made arrangements for us to meet at the Van Dyke Restaurant at 237 Union St. in Schenectady. The banquet hall is the room on the right as you enter the restaurant. The parking lot is on the corner of Erie Boulevard and Union St. The dinner will be a buffet consisting of a Garden Salad, Penna ala Vodka, Chicken Marsala, Roasted Potatoes, coffee or tea and Tiramisu for dessert. There will be a cash bar located just around the corner from the banquet room. We’ll gather for the social hour at 6 PM with dinner at 7 PM. Carols and other popular Christmas songs will be lead by Lion AL. The deadline for reservations is Sunday the 14th. Secretary Lion Tony called all the members who hadn’t called him and he reports that we have, as of this writing, 22 are planning to attend. The Schenectady Lions Club will not be joining us.

 

PREVIOUS BUSINESS/BOARD MEETING DEC.2ND

The December meeting was a very active one with much discussion on many subjects pertaining to our club and Lions in general. The meeting was called to order by KL John at 7:08 PM. Present were Lions: John, Doug, Steve, Irene, Al, Jack, Kermit, Mike, Tony, Eric and Bob VanVorst. The secretary’s report was read, reviewing the last business meeting that was held in October as all Tuesdays in November were used for the Wreath Project. It was accepted as read. Lion Treasurer Steve gave his report: Wreath project expenses totaled $3,400. We should net a profit of $1,500 if we sell all 300 wreaths at $15 each. Golf expenses totaled $8,200. Our total gross was over $18,000 and we expect to have a profit of $10,000. We must thank Lion Mike Tobin for the excellent job he and his committee did in planning and running the annual Golf Tournament. Our club bank accounts total more than $33,000 at this time. Lion Steve’s report was accepted as read. Lion AL reported that club members hung 94 wreaths on the apartment building doors at Shady Lane Apartments behind Socha Plaza on Saturday November 22nd. The job was completed in a little more than two hours. The 10 to 12 degree temperatures that morning may have had something to do with the rapid completion of the project. One wreath is donated for the Socha management office door and they were billed for 93 wreaths at $15 each and we received a check for $1,395.00 which was turned over to Lion Steve at this meeting. Socha Management was very pleased with the job we did. This was our 21st year hanging wreaths at the apartment complex. The late Lion, Dan Conley started this project.

 

OUR LIONS’ TREE FARM

Lion Eric reported that a clean up of the area was done in early November. There are about 100 trees and shrubs surviving. We will continue to clean up each Fall and mulch the plants in the Spring. The Indian Meadows staff will provide the mulch and they have promised to mow between the plants in the Spring. We will not be erecting a snow Fence this year.

 

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING

Lion Tony reported that we are scheduled to man the Red kettle on Saturday December 13th in Rotterdam Mall, in doors near Lens Crafters and just outside the entrance to Macys Department Store. This has been our traditional annual location. Many members signed up at the meeting and Lion Tony has called other members and reports that all slots are filled for the day. THANK YOU ALL !!!

 

LIONS CAMPAIGN

KL Lion John received information concerning fundraisers for area clubs to raise money for Camp Badger, Lions SEE, (screening eyes early) and the NYS and Bermuda Foundation Lion’s Foundation but the information was received too late to act upon it.

 

NEW FUNDRAISING POSSIBILITY

Lion Eric is looking into a shooting tournament where participants would compete shooting clay pigeons at a firing range. It could be a possible joint venture with the Duanesburg Club. We would need to promote sponsors. (different from those sponsoring the Golf Tournament) Entree fees would be from $40 to $50 for shooting and lunch. Lion Eric will continue to look into the project.

 

THANK YOU NOTES

We received three thank you notes for donations made back in October: Camp Abilities $1,500, Baptist Health System Golf Tournament $100 and the Schenectady Backpack project $100.

 

BOARD ACTIONS

Motions were made and passed to grant requests for donations to the following: Community Gardens project $150, SICM (Schenectady Inner City Mission) $100 and to the Scotia/Glenville High School Cheerleaders $100 to cover expenses for interschool competition.

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

Dec. 18-(Thursday) Christmas Party at The Van Dyke Restaurant in Schenectady.

January 6 – 1st Business/Board meeting in 2015 in our meeting room at the Methodist Church.

March 14 – Annual Spaghetti Dinner at First Reformed Church, Collins St. Scotia.

 

HISTORICAL MATERIAL

Lion Jack reports that he has many years worth of old club documents, including old records and newsletters. He would like to find another home for them. He would appreciate any suggestions you might have. Call:383-3125.

 

WE WISH ONE AND ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR IN 2015

REMEMBER: “WE SERVE”

 

Newsletter Editor: Lion AL with help from Lions: Tony and Irene who supply all the notes from the meeting.

 

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