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Bristol Lions add to CHIP Donation 05/09/2017

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CHIP, Inc. President David Ray receives an additional $400 donation from Michael Hope, Bristol Area Lions Foundation Treasurer. 

The Bristol Area Lions responded to the CHIP plea for financial assistance in an ad in the Lincoln County News (3/16/17) “CHIP Inc. Is Out of Funds!” The Lions voted to donate an additional $400 to increase their annual donation to $2,000.

CHIP had used all of their funds and there still remain a number of home repairs that are in urgent need.

80% of the CHIP income is from donations from individuals and it is hoped that others who have already donated will send an additional donation to fund these repairs.

In addition to the club donation, several Lions have added to their own donations. All donations are appreciated and no donation is too large or too small.

Please consider an additional donation to CHIP Inc., P.O. Box 6, Newcastle, ME 04553.

Bristol Area Lions donate $1,600 to CHIP 12/22/2016

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Brittany Gill, the Coordinator for CHIP (Community Housing Improvement Project) receives a $1,600 donation from Michael Hope, Bristol Area Lions Foundation Treasurer and CHIP board member for home repair projects. The CHIP home repair program has been assisting families helping to make their homes warm, safe, and dry since 1984. The Lions urge all residents of Lincoln County to support their efforts with their own donations to: CHIP, Inc., P.O. Box 6, New Harbor, ME 04854. (Photo courtesy of Melody Tracy, Waldoboro Town Hall.)

Bristol Lions donate $1,500 to CHIP 01/03/2016

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Standing from left: CHIP board members: Michael Hope, President David Ray, Cynthia Ross, Hannah Harter-Ives and son, Brittanie Gill, Richard Marchi, Stephanie Stephenson, Laura Sproul- Stubbs, Gus Skov, and Kathleen Doyle. Seated: Secretary Stephen Busch and Jennifer Pendleton.

Bristol Area Lions Foundation Treasurer and Community Housing Improvement Project Inc. board member Michael Hope presented a $1,500 donation for the CHIP home repair program to board chairman David Ray.

During the past year CHIP repaired 38 homes in nine local communities with hundreds of hours of both professional and volunteer time. Funds raised for home repair were used for $39,000 of materials and $24,000 for local contractors. CHIP also assisted 300 families with $105,000 of fuel assistance.

The Lions urge all inhabitants of Lincoln County to support their efforts with their own donations to: CHIP Inc., P.O. Box 6, New Harbor, ME 04554.

Janice Mellyn, CHIP, Inc Coordinator visits the Bristol Area Lions 12/04/2014

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CHIP Volunteers

CHIP Volunteers

Chip Volunteers

Chip Volunteers

CHIP Volunteers

CHIP Volunteers

At their Dec. 1 meeting of the Bristol Area Lions, Janice Mellyn reviewed CHIP’s accomplishments in the past year.

Since it was founded by Ruth Ives in 1984, CHIP, Inc. has been helping less fortunate neighbors by providing emergency home repairs and fuel assistance. Ives recruited Janice Mellyn, recently retired after 37 years of teaching fine arts, to take over the helm of CHIP in 2004.

Because of generous support from area churches and community members, in the past year CHIP was e able to provide needed assistance to 270 area families. CHIP carpenters, electricians, plumbers and volunteers were able to repair 46 homes, including the replacement of roofs, floors, doors, windows, handicapped access ramps and steps, and plumbing, heating and electrical repairs.

One of five examples cited by Mellyn was that of a disabled and blind father. He called CHIP when the floor of their only bathroom collapsed into the basement. A CHIP carpenter not only rebuilt the floor, but installed a new toilet, sink and tub/shower unit. He also cleaned and sanitized the basement with the help of the family’s children and their mother. Now the family again has a working bathroom.

On Sept. 6, Community Cares Day, 130 area volunteers made needed repairs to 10 homes, from South Bristol to Whitefield.

CHIP’s emergency fuel assistance program last winter had the highest demand in its 30 year history. CHIP provided 237 families each with 100 gallons of fuel at a cost of more than $95,000.

CHIP Coordinator Janice Mellyn receives a $1,400 donation from Michael Hope, Bristol Area Lions Treasurer, a long time CHIP volunteer, and a member of their Board of Directors.

CHIP Coordinator Janice Mellyn receives a $1,400 donation from Michael Hope, Bristol Area Lions Treasurer, a long time CHIP volunteer, and a member of their Board of Directors.

A recent generous bequest will cover overhead costs well into the future. Hence, every dollar you donate to CHIP will go directly to helping those they serve. It is unfortunate that the demands for assistance far outweigh the non-profit’s ability to meet them, so continued support of its work is vital. To learn more about CHIP, Inc. please visit its website at http://www.chipinc.org.

At the business meeting that followed Mellyn’s presentation, preliminary plans were reviewed for the distribution of Christmas food baskets on Dec. 20. Members and friends are asked to meet at C.R. Reilly & Son’s loading dock in New Harbor at 9 a.m. that morning.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions will be a Christmas party at the Damariscotta River Grille on Dec. 15. Reservations for that dinner must be made before Dec. 8 with Herb Watson at 677-6191. To learn more about the Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact 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)

Treasures and Treats Sale 08/19/2012

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Yamaha Organ Model #D-80-C A/W Serial #1061 available at the July 26 Treasures & Treats sale, a joint effort between the Bristol Area Lions and the Willing Workers. (Photo by Bill Byrnes)

The annual Treasures and Treats Sale will be held from 10 to 12 am on Thursday July 26 at the Willing Workers Hall, 2604 Bristol Road (Route 130) in New Harbor.

The Willing Workers will provide free coffee and juice. They will offer homemade cookies, donuts, muffins, pies and more.

The Bristol Area Lions will offer “Treasures” that they have found. These include framed prints, paintings, DVD’s, books, shelves, frames, dishes, candelabra, pewter candle sticks, game camera, energy monitor, steamers, shower seat, hummingbird feeder, baking dish, storage trunks, puzzles, swan decoy, blender, spreader and more…

The funds raised benefit CHIP, food pantry, Christmas baskets, scouts, Little League, Bristol Library and other local charities. For more information call 677-2584.

Bristol Area Lions Foundation Raffle Supports Local Charities 09/05/2011

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On Labor Day, Bristol resident Lt. Rand Maker of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office drew the winning tickets in the 2011 charity raffle organized by the Bristol Area Lions Club. The first prize, a $200 gift certificate to L.L. Bean’s, was awarded to Cathy Wire of Chicago. Ron Gilzean of New Harbor won second prize of a dozen lobsters donated by Shaw’s Fish and Lobster Wharf, and Virginia Glazier of New Harbor received third prize of an Anchor Inn gift certificate.

Lt. Rand Maker of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office is assisted by Lion Al Rottner in drawing winners for the Bristol Area Lions Foundation 2011 raffle

The Bristol Area Lions Club would like to express their appreciation to those three businesses as well as to C.E. Reilly and Son of New Harbor for their generosity in allowing the Club to sell raffle tickets outside their store throughout the summer. Many thanks to all who purchased tickets, to Lions Al Rottner, Lee Rushmore and Al Sears for coordinating the raffle, and to Lion Walt Johansson and his neighbors for contributing over $700 in ticket sales. All proceeds from the Bristol Area Lions Foundation 2011 raffle help to support the New Harbor Food Pantry, CHIP, and other local charities.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club takes place on Monday, September 19 at 6 PM at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. To make dinner reservations for that meeting, please call 677-6191.

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