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Bristol Area Lions Club Hosts Zone Meeting 10/10/2016

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From left to right, Bristol Area Lions Club president Brendan Donegan, Zone 10 chair Ellen Winchenbach, Damariscotta-Newcastle president Ruth Anne Bryant, and Waldoboro president Louis Cook.

The Bristol Area Lions hosted a meeting for clubs in Zone 10, District 41, held on October 3 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. Lions in attendance included eight from the Bristol Area, four from Waldoboro and five from Damariscotta-Newcastle. Prior to the business meeting, the group enjoyed a social hour followed by dinner catered by Deb’s Diner and staff.

Ellen Winchenbach, Zone 10 chair, was on hand to discuss an agenda in celebration of this centennial year of the Lions Club International’s founding. She identified five key initiatives for community participation. These include outreach for new members as part of a Just Ask campaign and a call for expanding public involvement in hallmark activities, such as White Cane Day, to promote awareness of vision related programs, and Liberty Days, a youth education event focused on the US Constitution.

Winchenbach’s presentation also highlighted one of the many centennial and legacy projects originating in Maine, a pledged contribution of $10,000 to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (Maine Medical Center, Portland). In her concluding remarks over the fifth agenda item, on publicity of service projects, she urged Lions to engage in this underserved activity. “Our humanitarian contributions go unreported. We need to promote ourselves.”
That said, Winchenbach then asked each club president to describe their fund raising projects and sponsored events.

Ruth Anne Bryant, representing 46 members of the Damariscotta-Newcastle club, started by describing the principal fundraising events, an auction and golf tournament, sponsored jointly with the Rotary Club. Other activities include the Speak Out contest, White Cane Day held during Pumpkinfest, distribution of Clark’s farm pumpkins to residents of Cove’s Edge, Diabetes Awareness Walk, cemetery restoration, peace poster contest, sale of poinsettias, Babe Ruth
team sponsorship, and the award of two $1,500 scholarships.

On behalf of the 27 Lions in Waldoboro, Lou Cook noted the annual honors banquet now in its 75th year, celebrating the top ranking students from each of the classes at Medomak Valley High School. The club hosts a Speak Out, awards two $1,500 scholarships, and a rubber ducky race is held as a fundraiser during Waldoboro Days. For the last fifteen years, Waldoboro Lions proudly have sponsored the Waldoboro-Bremen food pantry, a community cornerstone. Last July they donated $3,000 to replace the aging scoreboard at the Little League field.

Prior to adjournment, Brendan Donegan spoke on behalf of the 22 Bristol Area club members. He highlighted two key donation drivers, the annual golf tournament and raffle ticket sales during the summer. These then help sponsor a Little League team, a Speak Out contest, roadside spring clean up, the distribution of Christmas food baskets to needy Bristol and South Bristol families, and cash contributions to multiple local charities. The club also awards four $2,000 scholarships.

The next meeting will be on November 17. It starts at 5 pm at the Bristol Consolidated School, for a demonstration of 3-D printing led by John Cough and several students. Dinner follows shortly after 6 pm at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. To make reservations, please contact Herb Watson at 207-677-6191.

To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 207-677-2584.

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