Next Thursday we will celebrate our 59th Charter Night. Our club was organized and chartered in October of 1954. Frederick C. Lathrop, a local pharmacist and business man was the Charter President. The twice monthly meetings were held in Brinks Hall at the First Reformed Church on North Ballston Avenue. Brinks Hall was a very large well lighted room with a view of Collin’s Lake. If that sounds familiar to you it may be because it is where we have held our Spaghetti Dinner for many years. For a brief time all the service clubs met there but the church members soon tired of cooking that many meals each month and we, and other service clubs had to find another location for our meetings. We moved into the basement of St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Sacandaga Road and met there twice a month for many years until they also tired of cooking twice a month for us. At that time we had a membership of over fifty members and the board put a cap on that number because they felt the meeting room would be too crowded. We actually had a waiting list of potential members who would be called when someone left the club. After leaving St. Andrews we met in several locations including the Baptist Church’s Gymnasium on Mohawk Ave, The Smeaton House on Rt. 5 near the entrance to Washout Road, the banquet room in the Chinese Restaurant on Mohawk Avenue, Peckham’s Place on North Reynolds St., The Woodlin Club for fifteen years, The Waters Edge Lighthouse and now, for special occasions, The Turf Tavern on Mohawk Avenue. Our monthly Business meeting is now held on the first Tuesday at The Scotia United Methodist Church and the third Tuesday monthly dinner meeting is held at the Old Rector’s Fire House meeting room on Rt. 5 just a mile west of the Vley Rd., I-890 intersection. We have located a list ofthe names of 25 Charter members which will be available to see at ourCharterNight Celebration. Our Charter Nightcelebration is being held on THURSDAY EVENING AT THE TURF TAVERN. The social hour begins at 6:30 and dinner is served at 7 PM. There are three choices of meals for Thursday night. They are: Chicken Parmesan, Baked Scrod and Stuffed Pork Loin. The price per person will be $27.00 which includes Soup Du Jour, House Salad, Dessert, Tax and Tip. If you haven’t called Secretary Tony with your choices, please do so immediately. The restaurant requires us to have a minimum of 35 present to use their large banquet room so please plan to attend. As of this writing we do not have a speaker scheduled. Lion Steve will have a computer present with sequential pictures of the building of the Lions Pavilion & Golf tournament.
PAVILION PROJECT UPDATE
We’ve made excellent progress under KL Eric’s leadership. The building is up and the shingled roof was completed on Saturday October 5th when a large group of Lions and many helpers from GE and the village joining together to get the last shingle on the peak before the rain started. The next step is to pour a concrete slab to complete the floor. A total of 49 volunteers(including 23 Lions from 3 different clubs) gave their time for the project. 12 separate workdays resulted in 113 volunteer days for a total of 630 volunteer hours. Money raised: $10K-,S/G Lions,$5K–NY Lions, $4K-GE Grant,$6,632 in community donations to date. The total is $25, 632 raised to date with $5,000 still needed.
Lion Mike Tobin reported that the Golf Tournament was very successful. Preliminary numbers include 68 signs sold this year compared to last year’s 58, 78 golfers this year compared to 58 last year. The new 50/50 Putting Contest, supervised by Lions Al and Jack, netted $170. Total revenues were up by $3,000. Expenses totaled $7,400 with a net profit of $9,500 at this point. We’re reserving the Edison Club again next year for September 29th 2014. Thank you Lion Mike for a great job.
Lion Steve has ordered 350 wreaths and Lion AL has purchased the pine cones, wire and ribbon. Workshops are scheduled for the first three Tuesdays in November at 7 PM in Lion Rick’s Blue Barn on Washout Road. November 5th, also Election Day, is the first workshop. Peg Moser will be handing out ribbons, for cutting, on Charter Night. The wreaths will sell for $15.00 again this year. We will hang wreaths at Shady Lane Apartments on Saturday morning November 23rd beginning at 9 AM.
Sat.October 19th – Adopt A Highway – 9 AM at the Beaukendaal Fire Station. Boots & Gloves.
Wreath Workshops – 7 PM in Lion Rick’s Blue Barn on Washout Rd. Nov. 5, 12, 19. Shady Lane Apartments Sat.Nov. 23rd at 9 AM.
December Business Meeting – Tuesday December 3rd, 7 PM at Scotia Methodist Church.
S/G Lions Christmas Party – Tuesday December 17th at the Turf Tavern, 6:30 cocktails with dinner at 7 PM. Collect items for auction.
REMEMBER – WE SERVE !!!
Let’s have a wonderful 59th Charter Night Celebration with a full house at the Turf.
Please report any noted errors to Lion Al so they can be corrected.
Newsletter Editors: Lions AL, Tony, who provides the detailed notes, and Lion Jack who does the proof reading.