1st February Newsletter


The Business / Board meeting will be held on Tuesday February 4th in our meeting room at the Scotia United Methodist Church. King Lion Eric will open the meeting promptly at 7 PM so come a little earlier to socialize with your fellow Lions. Lion Eric has offered to provide the dessert between the Business Meeting and the Board meeting that night. Plans for our next fund raiser, The Annual Spaghetti Dinner, will be discussed. The date for the Spaghetti Dinner is Saturday March 8th in our usual location, The Scotia 1st Reformed Church on Ballston Ave. Lion Steve Trudell is our chairman and he will need much help with all the details. It has been decided that the adult tickets will cost $8.00 and children under 12 will pay $5.00. Plans are being made for two raffle baskets, one with scratch off lottery tickets and the other with various items from local merchants. These will be placed on the table in the entrance. Lion Irene Trudell is asking for help approaching our local merchants for items such as wine, gift cards, etc for the second basket. Also Lion Steve needs to update the ads on the placemats and will need help contacting the businesses that have taken out ads in last year’s placemats. Lion John is creating a new placemat for us. It takes 42 business cards to fill up a placemat and the cost per ad is $25.00 and that includes one free ticket to the dinner for the merchant. If the place mat is filled it nets us  $1,050.00. Lion Tony will be checking with the church to see if their charge for the use of the building has increased.


The building has been completed and now plans are being made for the installation of the signage to be placed at various locations depending on the amount donated by various donors. Also plans for the ribbon cutting ceremony in May will  be discussed. King Lion Eric will be handing out information showing the details about the cost of the structure and the names of individual businesses and private donors whose names will be mounted on the pavilion posts and the sign board near the pavilion.  Thus far we have raised $33,700 towards the pavilion and have spent $32,700. The Ballston Spa Lions Club is contemplating building a pavilion like ours in the near future.


We held our January Dinner Meeting at the Beukendaal Fire Station # 2 on Rt. 5.  Lion Kermit provided us with a sumptuous meal of Chicken Cacciatore, a tossed salad, and pasta. Lion John provided the beverages and Lion Mary Pat provided the chocolate chip cookies while Lion Irene provided a coffee cake for our dessert.  There was enough food for an army but somehow it disappeared very quickly. As Lion Tony put it, “Even the crumbs were devoured by hungry Lions.”  We had a large turnout that included Lions: Kermit, Jack, Eric, John, Mary Pat, Tony, Al, Walt, who brought his wife Rosemary as a special guest, Rick, Doug, Irene, Steve, Bob VanVorst and four members of the Saratoga Lions Club who provided the program for the evening. There is a rumor going around that Rosemary Pryne may be interested in joining the club.  Our guest speakers, from the Saratoga Lions Club, provided us with a very interesting slide presentation and short video presentation of their service project called Camp Abilities Saratoga. This is a one week overnight summer camp held the first week in August on the campus of Skidmore College in Saratoga. The camp is a developmental sports camp for the blind, visually impaired or deaf/blind children and teens ages 10 to 17. It would be limited to 15 to 20 campers and each camper would have a personal counselor with them on a 24/7 basis. The camp is modeled on the Brockport camp founded by Dr. Lauren Lieberman. The mission of the camp is to empower these children to be physically active in sports activities. The cost per camper is $3,500.00 and the total cost for running the camp for the week will be between $75,000 and $80,000. There is no charge to the individual camper. There will be two nurses present 24/7.  The methods of fund raising will   include: a $10,000 donation from the Saratoga Club, grants, individual donations, an E-Mail campaign, sponsors and through social media such as Facebook. Applications begin on March 1st.  We can help by making a donation, by volunteering for the week and buying necessary special items for use by the campers such as a tandem bike. Lion Rick made a motion, seconded by Lion Bob VanVorst, to sponsor a child for $3,500 from Scotia/Glenville.  Lion Irene has written a letter to the school superintendent and found that the school has no blind or visually impaired students at this time.  We will discuss this at the Tuesday night meeting.


Lion Irene is ready to order the bunnies and medallions from Uncle Sam candies in Schenectady. She will again check with each member to see how many of each item you think you can sell, before she places an order. There will be dark chocolate and milk chocolate bunnies and medallions.


Feb. 4th – Business – Board meeting, Methodist Church

Feb. 18th – February Dinner Meeting –  Beukendaal Firehouse # 2 Dr. Fox, eye specialist, will be speaking.

March 4th – Business.Board meeting, Methodist Church.

Mar. 8th – Spaghetti Dinner – Reformed Church.



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