1st November 2014 Newsletter


Hanging wreaths at Shady Lane apartments

Hanging wreaths at Shady Lane apartments

Our first wreath workshop will be held on Tuesday November 4th. We’ll meet, beginning at 7 pm in Lion Rick’s Beautiful Blue Barn on Washout Rd, Lion Steve has ordered 300 wreaths from Bob’s Trees in Galway. Lion Al has picked up eight bushels of pine cones along with the ribbon and wire needed to make the bows and to wire the pine cones into clusters to attach to the wreaths. The wire will be cut into the proper length and will be ready for the first workshop. Peg Moser has distributed the ribbon among members and friends, to be cut into the proper length. Each roll should have ample ribbon to make 50 wreaths. If you are cutting ribbon, please be sure you bring it to the first workshop. Peg will instruct the making of the bows and Lion Tony, since he has become an expert in the processes over the years, will demonstrate making the pine cone clusters. Lion PDG Rick has graciously provided us with the use of his facility for several years now and has it organized, HEATED, and ready for work when we arrive. Each session lasts about 1-1/2 hours. The more hands available the faster the work. We are planning to use all the Tuesdays in November if that becomes necessary. A brief Business Meeting will be held at some point during the work sessions. And remember, the 4th is also Election Day so exercise your American democratic privilege and vote.


On Tuesday October 28th, at The Turf tavern, our club celebrated its 60th year of existence. We were chartered by Lions International in October of 1954. The charter president was Frederick Lathrop a local business man and owner of Lathrops’ Pharmacy with stores on Mohawk Ave. and on the corner of 5th Street  and Vley Road. Lion Lathrop passed away three years ago, in Virginia, where he resided at the time. The following Lions were there, Tuesday night, to roar: KL John, Erick and Heather, Walt and Rosemary, Mike and Betsy, Irene and Steve, Jack and Carolyn, Al and Peg, Tony and Lois, Nancy, Mary Pat, Doug, and visiting Lion and PDG Dave Harris. We also had several guests: Dorothy Brooks and Carm Dorazio, widows of former members who worked very hard, for many years, along with their spouses, on behalf of this club. The Buskirks also brought a guest who, we’re hoping will be a potential new member. KL John started our celebration with the usual salute to the flag followed by our International Lions Prayer and a prayer of thanksgiving for the 60 years of service to our community and for the food we were about to eat. Lion Al Moser, a 59 year member, having joined in December of 1954, gave a brief history of the club including some of the projects accomplished through the years and the various places we met for our monthly meetings during those 60 years. Several other long time members of the club also added their remarks. Our speaker was from the Capital District Community Gardens and she described the locations of various garden plots and how these fresh, natural, foods are distributed to local centers for residents to purchase. They also provide food to local Food Pantries and the Schenectady City Mission. Our Tail Twister, Lion heather Buskirk, provided us with some light humor by selling strips with Halloween Riddles for $1.00 each. We were asked to try to guess the answer to the riddle. Each strip was numbered and the winning number was hidden in the tail of our newest Lion Cub, baby Alice Buskirk, not quite a year old. This earned the club a total of $24 which will be put in our Administrative Fund to pay for club expenses. Congratulations to Lion Mary Pat who won the prize; a bucket of candy, just in time for Halloween Trick or Treat. Of course that was Tuesday and we wonder if there was any left for Trick or Treat


Summer maintenance crew

Summer maintenance crew

KL Lion John and others are working with local town officials to plan several work sessions at our Tree Farm in Indian Meadows Park off Droms Road in Glenville. We would like to “spruce up” (no pun intended) the area by replacing some plants and mowing around the others before Winter sets in. KL John found that 97 trees have survived. He is planning to hold the first work session at the Tree Farm on Saturday November 8th. This is one of the items of business we will discuss Tuesday night during the wreath workshop.


Nov. 4, 11, & 18- Wreath workshop-7pm in Lion Rick’s Blue Barn. (Washout Rd.)

Nov. 8 – Workshop at Tree Farm

Nov.   22 – (Saturday) Hanging of the Wreaths at Shady Lane Apartments. More info. as we get closer to the date.

Dec. 2 – First December Business Meeting

Dec. 11 or 18-(Thursdays) Possible Christmas Party at The Van Dyck Restaurant in Schenectady.



Newsletter Editor: Lion AL with help from Lions:Tony, Eric and KL John.

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