November 2019 Dinner Meeting

Some 45 Lions and guests enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Osprey Bar and Lounge in the Shelter Island House on Thursday, November 21st.  Two new Lions, Chris Carey and Jim Gereghty  were inducted by District 20S Governor Marianne Tremaroli. DG Marianne was accompanied by her husband, Past International Director Steve Tremaroli.  Lion Tom Cronin and Islander Toby Green described their amazing adventure and fundraiser — their jet ski trip this past summer from Shelter Island down to Key West and back — some 3200 miles in open ocean.  Here are a few photos from the event:

District Governor Marianne Tremaroli

DG Marianne speaking and some of the Lions at the meeting

DG Tremaroli inducting Lions Chris Carey (left) and Jim Gereghty (right)

New Lions Chris & Jim

Lion Tom Cronin describes their jet ski launch from Wades Beach


64th Annual Scallop Dinner

Our annual Scallop Dinner on Sunday was a unqualified success! A total of 251 dinners were served and we netted over $800 in the 50/50 raffle. The proceeds from the dinner and the raffle will be used to continue our support of the Shelter Island Community in numerous ways, including family help, youth activities, and fuel assistance.  Thanks to all who served. Here are a few photos in a slideshow:

2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament

The 2nd Annual Shelter Island Lions Cornhole Tournament was held on August 6th at the Sunset Beach Resort and was a great success in terms of fun & excitement for the participants & spectators, as well as the proceeds received in support of the 501(c)(3) Shelter Island Lions Club Foundation.  A total of 44 teams competed in the sometimes “fierce” competition and about 50 spectators watched.  All enjoyed the great hamburgers & hot dogs, salad, and drinks.  The winning team was “The Matts” – Matt Belt-Cappellino and Matt Dunning.  They defeated the Jay Card & Jay Card father & son team in the finals.  Here are some photos from the event. 

Officer/Director Installation and Member Awards Dinner
June 20, 2019

Approximately 70 Lions and their guests enjoyed a great Installation and Awards dinner at The Pridwin on June 20, 2019.  Mike Bebon (sponsored by Mary-Faith Westervelt) and Patrick Rutledge (sponsored by Dave Roggie) were inducted as new members.  Approximately 20 members of the recently formed Leos/Young Lions Club (calling themselves the Simbas) at the Shelter Island School) were able to join us for the dinner.  Past President Jim Read presented Lion Frank Adipietro the Melvin Jones Fellowship award for his many years of humanitarian service to the Club, Lions Clubs International and the Shelter Island community.  Several Lions received pins for their anniversaries as Lions, most notably Hap Bowditch for his 45th year (given first incorrectly & then humorously re-given by Lion Janet D’Amato.) The outgoing and incoming Presidents and other officers of the Young Lions/Simbas Club were honored by Lion Peter Miedema.  The Lions Club’s Immediate Past President Dave Roggie provided a synopsis of his very successful year in fundraising and events and incoming President Mary-Faith Westervelt laid out some of her plans/priorities for the coming year.

Here’s a slideshow of some photos from the evening.


February 2019 Dinner

A total of 38 Lions and guests attended the dinner at the Center Firehouse on Thursday 2/21, with expert catering and great Chicken Française or Stuffed Flounder provided by Jamie Cogan and his hard-working firehouse crew.

Paul Connor, President & CEO of ELIH

Paul Connor, President and CEO of Eastern Long Island Hospital, described the status of the planned merger of ELIH with Stony Brook Hospital and the implications for ELIH and our local care.  He also described the discussions being held with a committee, headed by Barbara Silverstone and formed by the Senior Citizens Foundation of Shelter Island, to look into the alternatives for urgent care on Shelter Island.  The current plan is to investigate the procedures and costs associated with providing a telemedicine (remote video/audio/data) capability for the Island.

Dr. Micah Kaplan

Dr. Micah Kaplan, Chairman, ELIH Foundation, presented the status of fundraising for ELIH and the his familiarity with the need & difficulties of care for Shelter Island residents.

January 2019 Dinner

34 Lions and guests enjoyed a great dinner at Piezano’s Pizza restaurant on Thursday, January 17th.  At the dinner, Lions and co-sponsors Peter Miedema and Marilynn Pysher introduced four of the 12 members of the newly formed Leos (Young Lions) Club at the Shelter Island School.  The Leos are calling themselves The Simbas.  For your information, the first Leos Club was formed in Pennsylvania in 1957 and, as stated on the LCI webpage: “Leos Stand for Something:  Leadership, Experience, Opportunity.”

Seated, left to right, are four of the Leos Luca Martinez, Mathew Strauss, Abby Kotula, and Henry Binder. Standing behind, left to right, are Lion and SI teacher Peter Miedema, Lion and SI School Superintendent Christine Finn, and Lion Marilynn Pysher.

Lion and co-sponsor Marilynn displays the certificate of organization for the Leos Club, just received from LCI.