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Camden Lions Visit Bristol Club 09/20/2017

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From left: Bristol Area Lion Club Secretary John Janell, Camden Lion President Bob Oxton, Treasurer Peter Martin, Past President John McKay and their travel agent Mike Castle.

At the meeting on Monday, Sept. 18, the Bristol Area Lions welcomed four visiting members from the Camden Lions Club: President Bob Oxton, Treasurer Peter Martin, Past President John McKay and their travel agent Mike Castle. The Camden Lions visit eight other clubs annually.

Before dinner, a moment of silence was held for former member Elmer Bulmer who died on Aug. 15 at the age of 70 after years of suffering from dementia. Bulmer was club president in 1997/98 and enjoyed coaching the Bristol Lions Little League team. Walt Johansson pointed out the coat racks he had built for the entryway.

The club’s caterer, Deb Thibault had to cancel her planned dinner, and the Mediterranean Kitchen was called upon to provide pizza. Salad, cookies and coffee were provided by the club.

After dinner, Treasurer Michael Hope reported on the results of the Bristol Area Lions Foundation of the successful summer fund raising.

The raffle and book sales in front of Reilly’s market and by members resulted in more tickets being sold, but 18 fewer books, and netted $135 more than last year. Credit goes to Walt Johansson who increased his sale of tickets by 25% selling tickets going door-to-door.

The golf tournament total net proceeds from golfers, sponsors and donors resulted in an increase of $600 over a year ago.

The Lions regret the loss of their third source of funds, bottles and cans left in the Lion’s box at the Huddle Road redemption center. The owner and honorary Lion is scaling back and has posted it for sale. The club is grateful to Steve Lord for years of providing an average of $500 to their annual budget.

The Camden Lions spoke about their club. They built their own two-section clubhouse about 40 years ago. One section is rented to a day care center and the other section is where their own meetings are held as well as being used for art classes, Weight Watchers meetings, and other programs.

The club has an extensive bottle and can recycling program at the seven-community transfer station in Camden which involves members hands on each Thursday and Saturday. They also employ residents from several group homes to assist in sorting and bagging.

During the Christmas season, the club erects and lights a large Christmas star on top of Mt. Battie. The electricity for the lights is provided by 2-1/2 gallons of gasoline in a generator which runs from dusk to sometime during the night when it runs dry. Each day a Lion drives up the mountain and fills the tank. The light can be seen in Vinalhaven and other islands in Penobscot Bay.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Camden Lions presented a large poster of the Christmas star on top of Mt. Battie to the Bristol Area Lions Club.


The next Bristol Area Lions Club meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. The guest speaker will be Jim Donovan, LincolnHealth President who will discuss the capital campaign for The Herbert & Robert Watson Health Center and the MaineHealth consolidation plan.

To make dinner reservations for that meeting, call John Janell at 563-7402. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

Bristol Area Lions Club Annual Activities 11/04/2014

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The Bristol Area Lions Club was sponsored by the Damariscotta/Newcastle Lions in 1958 and serves the Bristol and South Bristol peninsulas. We have all our fundraisers in the summer as we have a number of tourists and summer folk visiting our historical and scenic area.

The fundraisers we hold are raffle ticket and book sales for 13 Saturdays in front of our local market, two trunk sales in our school parking lot, a golf tournament with sponsors, and a lobster lunch with a silent auction. Plus year round one of our members runs the local bottle return and we have a box there to deposit bottles for donation to the Club.

Altogether this brings in about $10,000. That allows us to:

Award four $2,000 scholarships to Lincoln Academy (our high school) graduates who live in Bristol or South Bristol. Three of those are endowments which have been supplemented.

Distribute almost 60 food baskets the Saturday before Christmas to folks that use the local food pantry serving both towns, they include a turkey for families and a small chicken for singles.

Be a major supporter of C.H.I.P. (a local community home improvements program) that provided needed assistance to 270 area families residing in Lincoln County, including teams doing home repairs and providing fuel assistance.

Sponsor our own Little League team

Donate to the local Food Pantry, Eldercare Housing, all of the cubs, boys and girls scout troops in our communities, as well as other local 501 (c) 3 charities. Plus donations to Lions Sight & Hearing, Diabetes, Iris and a large print books & tapes at the Bristol Library.

We are one of the few clubs in Maine that have had a Liberty Day with our local state senator reviewing the constitution with fifth graders.

We hold a Speak-Out with our three Ph.D.s as judges and the local county television station recording the event for later broadcast. Last year our members sponsored the dinners for the speakers, a parent, the Debate team advisor and his wife, and the television crew. This was all coordinated by a member who serves on the School Committee and is a former educator.

We organize an April roadside clean-up partnering with the local Masonic Lodge and enlisting the assistance of the local watershed association, little league team and scout troops and other community organizations to supplement our ageing and declining membership with a noon hot dog lunch for all participants. Last year we had 61 people from eight organizations participating.

Our local weekly newspaper puts our news releases of each meeting or event with accompanying photo on the same page nine each week, so folks know where to look for it. Plus we have a website and FaceBook page.

Last but no least, we have a collection box for eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones at our Transfer Station and an Eyeglass Chair.

(John Janell, 11-3-14)

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