OCTOBER 2015 BUSINESS/BOARD MEETING OF S-G LIONS CLUB
Our October business/board meeting was held on Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the First Methodist Church, and 10 members attended. Listed below are the topics discussed.
20th ANNUAL FALLING LEAVES GOLF TOURNAMENT
The 20th Annual Golf Tournament at the Edison Club was a successful event, and approximately $9,000 was raised. 83 golfers participated, and we had 58 sign sponsors. The golf committee met before our Oct. business meeting and discussed ways to improve the tournament next year.
ADOPT A HIGHWAY AND LIONS TREE FARM
Eight Lions participated with the highway clean-up and tree farm on Sat., Oct. 3. It took about an hour to pick up trash on the one mile stretch of Route 147. Once the members reached our tree farm in Indian Meadows Park, the work also went smoothly. Weeds were removed around the base of the trees, and mulch was mounded up around the trees. Most of the trees have grown nicely, and several have reached 10 feet. The dog park being created in Glenville will receive some of our larger trees. Next spring, we will again weed and mulch, and saplings will be planted in available spots.
Charter Night is scheduled for the 3rd Tuesday, October 20, in the banquet room of the Turf Tavern on Mohawk Avenue. Social hour is from 6:00-7:00, and then a dinner buffet will be provided. The meal will consist of soup, salad, potatoes, vegetables, Chicken Parmesan, Roast Top Sirloin of Beef, Panko Parmesan Tilapia, and Tuxedo Mousse Cake. The cost per person is $30, and spouses and other family members are welcome. Please contact KL John or Irene by Friday, Oct. 16, and let them know if you will be attending this dinner and bringing guests. We need to let the Turf Tavern know the number of attendees by Sunday, Oct. 18.
SCOTIA FOOD PANTRY
Our S-G Lions Club has donated funds to buy a two door upright refrigerator for the Scotia Food Pantry from Central Restaurant Equipment. The 1st National Bank and First Reformed Church of Scotia will also give funds for this purchase. Lion Josh has volunteered to write a press release. This large refrigerator will allow the Scotia Food Pantry to store additional food from the Regional Food Bank and other sources. A plaque listing the three donors will be made and displayed on the refrigerator. Kelly Gibbons, our contact at the 1st National Bank (and a volunteer at the food pantry), may ask us to help in cleaning and painting the small room where the clients choose the items. Lion Irene will continue to purchase $100 in food items on a monthly basis. As the number of people needing emergency food increases, our club’s contribution is truly appreciated. If you know of other organizations who would donate food, please contact representatives from these groups.
300 wreaths have been ordered from Bob’s Trees in Galway. We will wire the pinecones and make bows the 1st two (or three) Tuesdays in November, starting at 7PM. As in past years, Lion Rick has graciously offered the use of the Quick’s heated barn on Washout Road and his trailer. Lion AL will pick up the pine cones and cut the wire, and members will be asked in advance to cut the ribbon to two lengths. Peg Moser will bring the ribbon and instructions for cutting the ribbon to Charter Night. Members need to bring the cut ribbon to the 1st wreath workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Family members are welcome, and with additional help, the sessions are productive. Please plan to attend and help.
On Saturday, November 21, we will again meet at the Quick’s barn to attach the bows and pinecones to the wreaths. The group will transport 95 wreaths to Shady Lane Apartments and hang the wreaths on the apartment doors. Please plan to help with this part of the project, too.
Last year, our club discussed funding and building bus shelters for some key locations on Route 50. Area residents had requested the shelters, and although Lion Doug called a contact at CDTA, the contact did not respond. Lion Doug will reach out again and report back to the club.
A discussion was held regarding having all meetings at the same location and displaying the information on updated signs throughout the Village of Scotia and Town of Glenville. This might help bring in prospective new members. Presently, signs give the Woodlin Club as our location for meetings. Lion Bob D will look into the possibility of using the side room in the Scotia Diner for the meetings/dinners.
In conjunction with this discussion, two students (Lion Irene’s niece, Alex, and a classmate, Lee) from the MS Social Work Program at SUNY Albany, attended our meeting. Alex, Lee, and additional graduate students are interested in assisting our club to attract new members. They will work with Lion Josh to use social media more effectively as a way to reach the public, advertise our mission, and publicize the club’s activities. Members are encouraged to take pictures of the club’s events and post the photos. Using our website and Facebook more consistently will help the community to be familiar with the S-G Lions Club, be aware of events, and participate. Handing out S-G Lions Club business cards during fund raisers and activities may be another way to improve communication and interest.
Lion AL brought our banner to Pendleton Signs to be repaired. The banner now displays that we have been a club for 60 years. For storage, Pendleton Signs instructed us to roll the banner on a large tube with the printed side out. Pendleton Signs refused to take payment for the work. Lion AL wrote a thank you letter to this business, and his letter has been attached to the e-mail.
Oct. 20 – Charter Night (Turf Tavern) 6-7PM Social Hour, dinner at 7PM
Nov. 3, 10, 17 – Wreath workshop 7PM in Lion Rick’s barn (Washout Road)
Nov. 21 – 9 AM Wreath project – put wreaths together at Lion Rick’s barn, then hang wreaths on Shady Lane apartments