May 2015 -

The Lions Roar
The Official Newsletter of District 20-Y2
May 2015
In This Issue
Message from the DG.................... 1
DG Testimonial............................... 2
Glens Falls Lions Club Ad............. 3
Sauquoit Valley Lions Club........... 5
Town of Greenfield Ad.................... 5
Galway Lioness Ad......................... 5
Journey For Sight Walk Ad............ 6
Upcoming Events........................... 7
Glens Falls Lions Club Ad............. 8
Who’s Who in 20Y2........................ 9
Submit to the Roar/MD-20 Mag... 10
Clinton Lions Club.........................11
Glens Falls Lions Club..................11
Albany-Troy Lions Club............... 13
Saratoga Lions Club..................... 13
International Convention............. 13
Sight Society.....................................
Matching Grant........................ 14
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Marianne Lynch
ions, Lioness and Leos,
MD 20 had a successful State Convention in Binghamton this past weekend.
Congratulations to District Governor Elect Paula Flisnik, First Vice District
Governor Elect James Griffith and Second Vice District Governor Elect John
McDonald. You have our District’s support as you lead 20-Y2 into the future.
IPDG Steve was awarded the International President’s Leadership Medal for
his service to our District and Lionism. Lion Verna Plummer received the
Brandel-Murphy Miracle Through Service Medal for her efforts with youth
in our District. It will be a privilege to award this to her at the Testimonial
Dinner. Congratulations to two very deserving Lions.
Camp Abilities Saratoga and CABVI both were awarded grants of $2000 each
from the Brandel-Murphy Foundation. Please remember there are many grant
opportunities for service projects.
As I wind down my tenure as DG, I am thankful for the wonderful,
hardworking and dedicated Lions of 20-Y2. I hope to see many of you at the
District Testimonial and Awards Dinner on June 13th in Lake George. The
invitations have been sent out and there is also a copy here in the ROAR.
Everyone is welcome! Please join us as we celebrate our many successes and
continued service to District 20-Y2.
Yours in Lionism,
DG Marianne
District 20Y2
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District Governor Marianne Lynch
Lions District 20-Y2
You are cordially invited to
The District 20-Y2 Testimonial Dinner
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Holiday Inn Resort
Route 9, Lake George, New York
Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar 6:00-6:45
Introductions 6:45
Dinner: 7:00
Awards to Follow
Chicken Francaise ~ Prime Rib ~ Shrimp Scampi ~ Vegetarian Option
Please Be Our Guest
Dress: Men – Business Attire
Ladies – Cocktail Dress or Business Attire
PDGs and Council – White Dinner Jacket
Please respond with your check and selection on or before May 28, 2015
Lion Mary Claire Noakes, 12 Towner Road, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846
____Will Attend ___Will Not Attend
____Chicken Francaise
____Prime Rib ____Shrimp Scampi
____Vegetarian Option
page 3
See Golf on page4
page 4
From Golf on page 3
Be Sure to Check Out Up to Date
Information at These Websites:
Zone Chairs
Please complete this form after your club visits
District 20Y2
Multiple District 20
Lions International
page 5
Sauquoit Valley
Lions Club
By Lion Connie Griffin
auquoit Valley Lions have had a busy Spring! On
Sunday, March 29, we hosted our Annual Palm Sunday
Breakfast and Bake Sale raising $2,000! Well attended and
a most enjoyable community social event following this
long,long winter.
Walk - Saturday May 9, 2015 at the Sauquoit High School
Track on Sulphur Springs Road. Registration at 9 walk/run
begins at 10 am.
King Lion Michael Bader
9244 Paris Hill Rd
Sauquoit, NY 13456
Like the
Corinth Leo Club
on Facebook
Town of Greenfield Lions
30th Charter Night
October 17th, 2015 at
On Monday, March 30 we joined other area Lions as we
shared dinner and met Erin Hamlin, USA Olympian.
The Haven Tee Room
{More details to follow!!}
King Lion Mike Bader Lion Laura Bader and grand daughter
Monday, April 6 we joined Herkimer Lions at a dinner at
the Waterfront Grille and Welcomed District Governor
Mary Ann Lynch.
Upcoming Events include the Regional Journey for Sight
page 6
May 9, 2015
Sauquoit Valley High School | Outdoor Track
9:30am Registration | 10am Start
Food, and Fun!
Participants with $25 or more in
pledges get a Journey for Sight T-Shirt.
Those with $100 or more in pledges are
entered in drawings for great prizes!
These fine companies sponsor the
Journey for Sight
Nicholas Montesano, CLU, CHFC, LUTCF
Financial Specialist
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Upcoming Events
Is your club participating
in DG Marianne’s
Literacy Project?
Every Thursday Join
Albany’s Blind Bowling League
(visually impaired and sighted
bowlers welcome!)
Support blind children by purchasing a
“Though Their Eyes” 2015 Calendar
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Sight Society/Lions Eye Bank
Annual Membership Meeting
Monday, May 4, 2015
Low-Vision Support Group
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
A Morning of Better Hearing
Lions Eye
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Info session on cochlear implants
Monday, May 18, 2015
Hearing Conservation Society
meeting in Albany
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Join the Saratoga Springs
Lions Club
at their Annual Duathalon
For more information
go to
Click on links for
complete information
about the above events.
LCI has created a
Membership Chairperson Web Page
This page will provide you with resources
you will need, most importantly the recently
updated Club Membership Chairperson Guide.
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Who’s Who in 20Y2
DG Marianne Lynch
48 North St. , Granville, NY 12832
Home (518) 642-0000
[email protected]
Club: Glens Falls
1st VDG Paula J. Flisnik
6638 Fox Road, Marcy, NY 13403
Home (315) 865-8253 Cell (315) 527-1112 Work (315) 797-2233 ext. 1270
[email protected]
Club: Holland Patent
Lion Jack Womer
1094 Westline Road, Amsterdam, NY 12010-6615
Home (518) 843-6148
[email protected]
Club: Galway
2nd VDG Jim Griffith
119 East Main Street, Cambridge, NY 12816
Home (315) 269-5370
[email protected]
Club: Cambridge
Lion John McDonald
P. O. Box 91, Galway, NY 12074
Home (518) 882-6148
Work (518) 402-6988
[email protected]
Club: Saratoga Springs
IPDG Stephen Lynch
48 North Street, Granville, NY 12832
Home (518) 642-0000
[email protected]
Club: Glens Falls
Lion Jim Winkler
136 Utica Road,
Clinton, NY 13323
Home: (315) 853-6355
[email protected]
PDG Dave Ramsey
742 Corbin Hill Road
Sprakers, NY 12166
Home: (518) 922-5802
[email protected]
PDG Joan Scott
140 Gailey Hill Roadd
Lake Luzerne, NY 12846
Home: (518) 696-2904
[email protected]
Zone A Chair
Lion Joseph Tyo
409 1st Ave Extension
Frankfort, NY 13340
Cell: (315) 868-7375
[email protected]
(Deerfield, Herkimer,
Holland Patent, Utica)
Zone A Chair
Lion Verna Plummer
612 Plummer Road
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Home: (518) 885-0349
Cell: (518) 605-6105
[email protected]
(Amsterdam, Ballston Spa, Galway, Saratoga
Springs, Scotia-Glenville, Greenfield)
Zone A Chair
Lion Michele O’Hare
8 Turnberry Drive
Delmar, NY 12188
Home: (518) 475-1098
Work: (518) 463-1211 extension 241
[email protected]
(Albany & Troy, Bethlehem,
Greater Ravena, Waterford)
Zone A Chair
Lion Jim Clark
15 Pine Road
South Glens Falls, NY 12803
Home (518) 792-4185
[email protected]
(Fort Edward, Glens Falls, Granville,
Zone B Chair
Lion Brenda Mason
437 Mason Road
Waterville, NY 13480
Home (315) 723-1830
Work (315) 841-8521
[email protected]
(Clinton, New Hartford,NY MillsWhitestone,Sauquoit Valley)
Zone B Chair
PDG Linda Walsh
101 Francis Street, Lot 25
Gloversville, NY 12078
Home: (518) 848-3503
[email protected]
(Broadalbin-Perth, Central Mohawk Valley,
Fonda-Fultonville, Gloversville, Johnstown,
Northville-Sacandaga, Speculator)
Zone B Chair
Lion Tom Snowdon
334 Knox Road
Schoharie, NY 12157
Home: (518) 872-1091
[email protected]
(Duane, Schenectady,
Town ofWright-Schoharie)
Zone B Chair
Lion Rosemarie Smith
P. O. Box 216
Hoosick, NY 12089
Cell 970-819-1396
Work: (518) 686-4506
[email protected]
(Cambridge, Greenwich,Schuylerville,
Town of Hoosick, Mechanicville-Stillwater)
Cultural and Community Activities
Newsletter and MD20 Magazine
Karen Rager
82 Hunter Lane
Queensbury, NY 12804
Home: (518) 798-3143
[email protected]
Information Technology
Jerry Gordon
15 Hyland Circle
Troy, NY 12182
Home: (518) 235-8232
[email protected]
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or the MD20 Magazine?
Let the District and the State know the
GREAT things YOUR club is doing!
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MD/20 Magazine Submissions
Submission deadlines: Sept. 1; Dec. 1; Feb. 1; May 1
I will submit everything I receive by the deadline, however submission does not guarantee publication.
I am not the editor of the MD20 magazine.
the Roar Submissions
Deadlines: 28th of every month
Everything received by the deadline will be in the next issue. Publication will be the 1st of every month.
n Digital submission preferred in upper/lower case format.
n Microsoft Word, PDF, or text embedded in an email are acceptable.
n If it is handwritten, it MUST BE LEGIBLE.
n No scanned newspaper articles. Newspaper articles will be accepted IF they are in digital format, and with written permission from the originating publication.
n SPELL CHECK everything, particularly names, titles, club name, etc.
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Submissions can be made to [email protected]
or Lion Karen Rager, 82 Hunter Lane, Queensbury, NY 12804
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Glens Falls Lions Club
By Lion Karen Rager
Please make sure
your club information
is up to date!
1220 New Scotland Road
Slingerlands, NY 12159
t our April 28th dinner meeting Lion John McDonald
(Saratoga Lions Club and Chairman of the
Lions Eye Institute/Lions Foundation), our guest speaker,
presented Lion Linda Terjeson with a Knight of the Blind.
Congratulations Linda!
Did you know that over 5,000 children
and 30,000 adults are treated every year
at the Lions Eye Institute at Albany?
is one way you can support this mission.
For more information: [email protected]
Clinton Lions Club
Olympian receives MJF
By Lion Jim Winkler
n March 31, 2015 twelve of our members joined
with members from six Lions Clubs from our Region
for dinner and presentation of a Melvin Jones Fellowship
to Erin Hamlin, 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Winner
in the sport of luge.
Erin lives in
our region
NY) and has
dedicated the
last twelve
years of her
life to training
for this sport.
2014 marked
the second
in which she
Lion John, wearing two Lions hats, also gave a
presentation on Saratoga Camp Abilities, with our Lion
Jenn Howse and her camper son Alex. He told us of the
many activities offered during the week the campers are
on the Camp Abilities Campus (Skidmore College), which
included tanadem biking, bowling, ice skating, beep
baseball and paddle boarding to name a few. He asked Alex
what his favorite activity was and hard pressed to make a
decision beause he liked them all, finally blurted out, “I’d
have to say paddle boarding!”
It was nice to see Lion Mary Claire and PDG Dick in
Save the date for our 12th Annual
SWING for Sight and Sound
Golf Tournament at Airway Meadows
See our Ad page 3 & 4
King Lion Kassey Granger
[email protected]
Erin Hamlin (center) holding her 2015 World Cup
Gold Medal from Sochi with her parents Ron &
See Clinton on page 12
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From Clinton on page 11
compete and she became the first to medal in this sport for
the USA. The Fellowship was sponsored by her “home”
club of Holland Patent through the combined contributions
from all eight Regional Lions Clubs. Joining her as guests
of the
Lions that
were her
parents, Ron
and Eileen,
who have
her years of
Erin Hamlin (center) receives her MJF from RC Jim
Winkler (left) and 1st VDG Paula Flisnik (right)
After receiving her award, Erin addressed those present,
sharing some of her recent experiences, future plans and
thanking us for honoring her with the Fellowship. There
was little doubt she was a most worthy recipient and will
represent the award and the ideals of Lions extremely well
as she continues her international travels, training and
We also became better informed about the Central
Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI)
summer and winter Camp Abilities programs. Kathy
Beaver, Vice President of Rehabilitation Services at the
Agency explained the successes experienced as they
conducted their first annual development and outdoor
activity program for blind and visually impaired youth
during the past year.
District Governor’s Visitation
On April 6, 2015 we jointly greeted DG Marianne & IPDG
Steve as she made her annual visitation to our region. The
evening was hosted by the Herkimer Lions and our dinner
meeting took place at the Waterfront Grille in Herkimer,
NY. DG Marianne addressed us, thanking us for supporting
her “Literacy Project”, presented each club present with
a children’s book to be distributed to a suitable site in our
areas and presented service chevrons to those eligible
recipients in attendance.
Other Activities
We continue to collect used eyeglasses from containers
located in local businesses, assist with monthly food
distribution to the needy, and recently sponsored a Little
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League team for the upcoming season. Prior to Easter, we
concluded the most successful “Bunny Sale” (18 cases) in
support of the Lions Foundation at Albany. Once again this
year we couldn’t have done it without the help of our Leo
Upcoming Events
As our year rapidly is coming to a close, we set our sights
on participating in the 34th annual Regional Journey for
Sight to be held on Saturday May 9, 2015 at the Sauquoit
Valley High School Track, presenting four local graduating
seniors with awards to assist in the furthering their
education and participating in our annual Memorial Day
Parade. After the turn of the Lions year in July we will be
hosting our annual Senior Citizens Picnic and conducting
our third annual Garage Sale in July.
Central Mohawk Valley Lions Club
King Lion William O’Mara
[email protected]
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Albany & Troy Lions Club
you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong
and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves
Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?”
Just a few months after her speech the Albany-Troy and
Saratoga Springs Lions Clubs were chartered. For the past
90 years our clubs have accepted, embraced and excelled
at carrying out our primary mission of Sight and Hearing
Conservation throughout our respective communities.
On Saturday November 7th our clubs will come together
to celebrate our 90th anniversaries! We’ll be joined in
celebration that night by Past International President Lion
Al Brandel and Dr. Lion Maureen Murphy.
Save the date and look for more details about this
celebration in upcoming editions of the “Lions Roar”.
You’ll want to be there!
By Lion Jerry Gordon
t our April 8 meeting, Rev Perry Jones, Executive
Director of Capital City Rescue Mission, told us of
the many services that they provide, most of which are
three meals a day, every day (over 240,000 were served in
2014); shelter for the homeless (64,800 nights last year);
medical care at their on-site clinic (almost 3500 visits);
clothing and household items (more than 400,000 articles
of clothing); and education, including GED preparation,
employment readiness and Bible studies.
PDG Dave Harris inducted new Lion Elaine Gerwin; KL
Carol is her sponsor. Lion Elaine is a Service Navigator
for CEO, where she enlists and trains volunteers for their
various projects throughout the year.
ALBANY & TROY Lions Club
King Lion Carol Quantock
P.O. Box 192, Troy, NY 12181-0192
(518) 266-7788
[email protected]
Saratoga Lions Club
By Lion John McDonald
n June 30, 1925 at the Lions International Convention
in Cedar Point, Ohio, Helen Keller addressed the
convention delegation. She closed her speech that day with
the following:
“The opportunity I bring to you, Lions, is this: To foster and
sponsor the work of the American Foundation for the Blind.
Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no
preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught;
no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you Lions,
Saratoga Lions Club
King Lion Joseph Sporko
12 Sydney Hill Road
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Cell: 518-527-1530
[email protected]
Say Aloha
to the 98th
Honolulu, Hawaii
June 26th – June 30th, 2015
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6 Executive Park Drive
Albany, NY 12203
Tel. (518) 489-7606
Fax: (518) 489-7607
At its inception and throughout its early history, the existence and initial success of our Sight Society of NENY at Albany,
Inc., very much depended upon the financial and active support of Lions clubs in the service area of Districts O, Y2 and
W. Although our basic mission, with the continued support of our clubs, remains the same, the services of our Lions Eye
Bank have expanded to include our present state-of-the-art facility and programs maintained by an Executive Director
and staff of nine.
Today, our not-for-profit organization finds itself in a position with the financial resources to help clubs promote our joint
mission of sight conservation by providing matching funds to implement specific projects with that object in mind.
The kinds of projects or programs we wish to help support should not duplicate those already available from other
sources. Programs that encompass broader, sustainable activities are most desirable; areas like “Diabetes and Sight,”
“Senior Sight Conservation,” “Sight Conservation Education in Schools,” “ Nurse-Teacher Informational Programs,” Health
Fairs with Sight Conservation Components” among others which come immediately to mind.
Projects not eligible for consideration include services available through traditional Lions programs for individuals like (a).
club programs which provide eye exams and eyeglasses through arrangements made with optometrists and/or optical
companies (LensCrafters etc.)., (b). medical treatments / surgery referable for assistance from a Lions Eye Institute /
Lions Foundation at Albany, NY.
Our matching grant program for each year will focus on a particular theme or area. For our first year in 2013, we are
looking to support club projects with an emphasis on “Senior Sight Conservation.”
1. Who is eligible to apply? Lions clubs, Lioness clubs, and Leo clubs in Districts W, Y2 and O.
2. Amount of Grant – Variable grant requests for any amount up to $500 will be considered.
3. Recipient clubs must agree to match, from other financial resources, the full amount of the grant as approved by the Grant Committee. Note that value of club members’ donated time does not qualify as matching
4. Grant applications may be submitted at any time and shall consist of a clear statement of the nature and
purpose of the project along with any other details deemed appropriate by the applicant. A proposed budget of
how grant monies will be spent consistent with our Lions Code of Ethics must also be provided as part of the
application process.
5. It is expected that clubs will complete approved projects within one year of receiving the grant. Upon
completion, submission of a comprehensive written report reviewing the outcome of the project is required from
successful grant applicants. This will include a financial statement citing expenditures, payments to venders
etc. incurred during the program. Arrangements to return to the Society, any unspent funds should be made by
the club.
6. Clubs receiving awards through the grant program are urged to publicize their projects through club, district,
state and international media.
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Sight Society of NENY at Albany, Inc.
Lions Eye Bank at Albany, NY
Name of Club _______________________________ Lions District _____________
Date _______________
Mailing address _____________________________________________________________________________
Contact Info: Phone ________________________ E-mail ___________________________________________
Amount of Grant Requested ____________
In the space below, include a brief description of the nature and purpose of the club project along with a statement outlining the expected results of your club’s program. Include any other details you deem appropriate. You may attach additional pages as needed. Include a proposed budget of how grant monies will be spent in meeting your objectives.
Club Agreement: The Lions, Lioness, Leo Club of _________________________________ agrees that any funds approved by the Grant Committee of the Sight Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. will be used for the purposes as stated
above consistent with our Lions Code of Ethics. The club also agrees to match, from other available financial resources,
an equal amount as approved by the Grant Committee.
Signature of Club President ____________________________________
Please return completed documents to:
Lions Eye Bank at Albany
Attn: Lions Club Grant Committee
6 Executive Park Drive
Albany, NY 12203
Date ________________